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Orchid Library cum Information Centre Opened at TIES

2024-02-23

The unveiling of an orchid library at TIES marks a significant milestone, made possible through the generous support of the New Hampshire Orchid Society (NHOS) and spearheaded by Dr. Jis Sebastian, Project Consultant and Scientist at TIES. This initiative is aimed at serving the public, researchers, and enthusiasts alike, providing comprehensive resources on orchid preservation, cultivation, hybridization, and diverse applications. Under Dr. Sebastian's guidance, TIES, an organization dedicated to advancing knowledge about orchids, will curate exhibits, deliver lectures, publish literature, and organize various activities to fulfill its mission. The San Francisco Orchid Society (SFOS) further enriched the newly established orchid library. Members of the SFOS generously contributed to the library's collection by sharing a total of 34 books dedicated to various aspects of orchids. These books, carefully selected and donated by passionate orchid enthusiasts within the SFOS community, cover a wide range of topics including orchid species identification, cultivation techniques, historical perspectives, and specialized studies.
Recognizing the multifaceted value of orchids—medicinal, ornamental, and ecological—the library seeks to broaden its accessibility beyond its current audience. While TIES already maintains a library open to the public, primarily utilized by scholars, project students, interns, and school students of varying levels, the orchid library cum information center will extend its reach to individuals of all ages and educational backgrounds. Any member of the public with an interest in consulting orchid-related materials will be welcome, facilitating greater engagement and learning opportunities.
The project's overarching goal is to foster greater awareness and appreciation for orchids among researchers, students, and the wider community. As part of this endeavor, TIES has undertaken the planting of 11 native orchid species within its campus, furthering the cause of orchid conservation and underscoring the organization's commitment to environmental stewardship. The Digital orchid library may be accessed use https://www.ties.org.in/ORCHID-LIBRARY

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