You can support Purdon Conservation Area in three ways:
1. Use the donation box on site at Purdon Conservation Area
2. Direct donation using Canada Helps
3. Adopting an Orchid
Showy Lady’s Slipper Orchids grow in areas of prolonged wetness, and prefer acidic to moderately alkaline soil. They cannot tolerate standing water nor can they self-pollinate and they have no nectar.
Very few survive to produce new plants and managing wild orchids is a very delicate operation. In the late 1930’s Joe Purdon discovered a small colony of Showy Lady’s Slipper Orchids in the wetlands of his farm. By controlling the water levels, selectively thinning the brush and hand-pollinating the plants, he was able to improve the orchid habitat over the years. The colony has grown from a few indigenous plants to thousands of orchids – estimated to be the largest colony in Canada.
In his later years, Joe became concerned with who would protect the orchids after he was gone. According to his wishes and with financial assistance from several organizations, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority acquired the site in 1984 and continued the management of the precious plants. Government funding for Purdon Conservation Area has now been eliminated. We want to continue to preserve and protect the orchids and we need your help to do it.