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Welcome to our New Christmas 2015 Catalog!

Christmas is almost here! This digital only catalog is full of new items, old favorites, and great gifts for your Christmas list.  Many of these are sure to “sell out”.  We have been waiting for a few of our personal favorites inside to be ready to offer in a catalog, like children (of all ages)  wait for Christmas day.   Thank you for considering our orchids and houseplants. Your orders allow us to support our families while doing something we love.

We appreciate you and promise to work to provide you with the best variety of healthy, virus free orchids.  As always, we’ll watch the weather and guarantee safe delivery of healthy, virus free plants to homes and businesses where someone is available to accept them.

Start shopping now!  Download our new Christmas 2015 Catalog

Holiday Hours

The nursery will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

We will be open our normal hours on Friday, November 27th and Saturday, November 28th. 

Bring your visiting family to come see us!

Thursday, December 3rd; Friday, December 4th
and Saturday, December 5th

* 25% off orchids including items from our upcoming Holiday eCatalog
* 40% off an assortment of beautiful ferns and houseplants
* 10% off decorative containers, potting mixes, fertilizers and other growing supplies
* A variety of Blooming Orchids & Living Gift Baskets to Decorate Your Home for the Holidays!


Home Orchid Growing Workshops each day @ 10:30 am & 1:30 pm
Complimentary lunch with any orchid purchase (serving 12 Noon to 1 PM)

Please RSVP for lunch and for the workshops: * (800) 873-7086 * Open 9am to 5pm

The Latest C&H News

Welcome to our New Fall 2015 Catalog! -- Thursday, October 1 2015
Inside you will find many new crosses and clones as well as customer favorites in a variety of genera, all healthy and virus free.

Our last printed catalog was our 2015 Spring Catalog. Digital copies of our 2015 Summer Catalog have been available through our twice weekly email updates and on our website.

So far, over 13,800 customers have signed up on our website for our twice weekly email updates which include advance copies of our catalogs, items too limited to be offered in catalogs, orchids in spike or in bud, discounted collections, divisions from our breeding stock, and invitations to open houses, workshops and other events at Carter & Holmes. Don’t miss out, sign up now!

Each year we give away $50 gift certificates to local orchid societies in exchange for updated copies of their membership rosters that include email addresses. We only add these to our email list. We do not and will not ever share them with other companies. The gift certificates can be distributed to individuals through auctions, raffles, or as door prizes and used for purchases of plants at our regular prices.

Thank you for your orders and for your visits. Your purchases allow us to make a living for our families doing something we love. As always, we guarantee your satisfaction, and, for shipped orders, we guarantee safe delivery to addresses where someone will be available to accept delivery.

Download our Fall 2015 Catalog

Summer 2015 Catalog Ready to Download -- Tuesday, April 21 2015
Our Summer 2015 Catalog is the latest version from Carter and Holmes, and lists the currently available selections of orchids, houseplants, supplies and more.

Take advantage of this digital version and get your order in while supplies last!

Page through this digital version just like you would the traditional paper catalog.

Every page includes healthy virus free plants!

Most items are linked to our website shopping cart, so just click the description or associated photo to view it online and place your order.

You can order with confidence because we have been selling quality plants since 1947, and because we guarantee safe delivery and your satisfaction.

Download our Summer 2015 Catalog.

Spring 2015 Catalog is here! -- Tuesday, February 10 2015
Inside you will find new Cattleyas, new Paphiopedilums, new Phalaenopsis, and collections of rare and limited items. We are pleased to offer our newest exclusive cattleya mericlone, Blc Owen Holmes ‘Fire Cup’ (pg. 5), and we are especially pleased to again offer true mericlones of Blc Oconee ‘Mendenhall’, AM/AOS (pg. 5), tissued from the original awarded plant. We offer sixteen different ladyslippers (pg. 16) and as many different phalaenopsis (pg. 18), as well as a variety of unusual foliage plants ideal for terrariums (pg. 10). Our new Laelia purpurata collection (pg. 3) and our new Phalaenopsis violaecea collection will sell out for sure.

As always, we guarantee all of our orchids to be true to name, healthy and virus free, and we guarantee your satisfaction.

Thank you so much for your orders. We appreciate you, our valued customers.

Download our Spring 2015 Catalog

(If you experience problems viewing this catalog in your browser, please open it directly in Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

Let us watch the weather for you! -- Tuesday, October 21 2014

We check the weather en route every morning before shipping plant orders, and we guarantee safe delivery to any address where someone will be available to accept delivery.

We can safely ship orchids in bud and bloom through temperatures of 32 degrees and above, and we can ship orchids not coming into bloom soon through colder temperatures using heat packs.

About Us

Bill Carter and Owen Holmes began selling orchids as cut flowers in the years following World War II when corsage flowers were in great demand for Valentine's Day, Easter, and Mother's Day. As lifestyles became less formal in the 1960's and the demand for cut flowers decreased, we began producing orchids for home growing.

We started hybridizing orchids in the 1950's and developed our own modern laboratory for seed and tissue culture in the 1970's. Our hybridizing program has resulted in worldwide recognition for Carter & Holmes as a source for outstanding orchids - in particular, art-shade cattleyas. Today, we ship orchid plants of many genera to hobbyists and commercial growers throughout the United States and to many countries around the world.

If you have received an award on one of our plants, please let us know about it.

We welcome visitors to our 18 greenhouses Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you cannot visit us in person, we hope you will telephone, write or e-mail your questions about our orchids, pricing or other matters.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed on Sunday

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PO Box 668
629 Mendenhall Rd.
Newberry, SC 29108
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