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environment for tropical species while preserving natural resources. Water comes from an aquifer on the property. The lower story of the conservatory houses furnaces and water purifiers, along with computers that run the atmospherics and track humidity, temperatures and wind variances — even opening windows when needed for a breeze. A special fogging system increases humidity every 10 seconds. "We used to do all that by hand," Dorrian says, "but now we have fully automated greenhouses. This is space-age technology." JJ Bissell, senior vice president and director of The Bissell Companies serves on the DSBG Board of Visitors. "Stepping inside the orchid conservatory in the middle of winter is an instant escape to a tropical paradise," he says. As part of its corporate mission of sustainability, The Bissell Companies gives a DSBG membership to every fulltime employee to encourage them and their families to appreciate the beauty of nature and the need " Stepping inside the orchid conservatory in the middle of winter is an instant escape to a tropical paradise." — JJ Bissell, The Bissell Companies The Cymbidium hybrid (clockwise from left), Cattleya hybrid, a bay of epiphytic blooms and the Phalaenopsis hybrid are part of the Orchid Conservatory. Photo by Annie Arntz 42 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE WINTER 2016-2017 BALLANTYNE | feature