About Heavenly Orchids

Hello and welcome. My name is Mark Curran and I am the author and creator of Heavenly Orchids, orchid care made easy. 

Early Background

I grew up in the Irish countryside surrounded by farms. My grandparents on both sides of my family were farmers. My mother was the first landscaper in our neighborhood, my maternal grandfather grew trees in the barren rocky landscape of Connemara, Ireland where trees are difficult to grow. So you could say that gardening and love of plants and nature is in my blood. 

I started gardening at the ripe old age of 9 years old. 

I started my first vegetable garden when I was 9 years old. I prepared the garden the previous winter with cow manure that I brought in one wheelbarrow at a time from my neighbor's dairy farm. It was hard work for a 9 year old. I grew onions, carrots, lettuce, potatoes, broccoli, and peas and had an incredible harvest my very first year, it was a wonderful start to my future career as a landscape designer and contractor. 

Landscaping Career 

After college in the USA, I moved to California and became a landscape designer and contractor. I took landscape design courses at the local community college and continually studied by reading books about all aspects of landscaping. In addition to orchids, I am knowledgeable about a wide variety of plants, design, and landscape construction.  


I got my first orchid from a friend who sold orchids for a living. I had to wait some time as he promised to get me something very special. A few months later, he brought me a Vanda. And it was very special indeed, the scent from this Vanda permeated my entire apartment with the most beautiful perfume scent, it was truly heavenly.  Orchid enthusiasts could search for years to find a Vanda such as this, and this was my very first orchid, and thus began my love affair with orchids. 

Orchids Are Challenging

Although I kept my Vanda alive and healthy, I was not successful in getting it to rebloom in the first year. I lived in a dark apartment without enough light for my Vanda and in those days there wasn't quite the selection of supplemental light or easy access to information on the web. Eventually I moved apartments and was able to solve the problem. And it made me realize that orchids presented a new challenge to me. I could grow all kinds of flowers, herbs, shrubs, and trees, but my first orchid proved to be a challenge. Over the years my knowledge and experience has grown. 

Orchid Care Made Easy

Orchid growing and care does not have to be a challenge for you. I created Heavenly Orchids to bring my knowledge in plant care to you and explain it in a way that makes it easy to understand. Orchids are a little challenging at first, but Heavenly Orchids will make the process of learning easy and enjoyable.