Jorge Verboonen, a passion for orchids.
Delfina de Araujo
Jorge Luiz João
Verboonen was born in Petrópolis, in l922, November 20 and passed
away in 2000, in February. His life can be resumed in a phrase of his
wife, Maria de Lourdes Ferreira Verboonen: "He was a happy men, he
worked, provide his family, he earned his money from which he most loved:
the orchids. He lived for his family and for the orchids, the two joys
of his life".
His passion for orchids was so big that Lourdes says that they were her
only rivals. Jorge Verboonen used to say that he could not done any thing
but work with orchids. Many times he woke up during the night, with a
hand spotlight, to look for some caterpillars or snails which were attacking
The devotion to his family was so strong that in the last Christmas, in
despite of his weakness due to the disease that hurt him during the last
15 years, he insisted on the traditional Christmas' Supper to gather his
He never complained about the sufferings foisted on him, he loved the
live and fought for it as much he could.
Two years ago, the couple celebrated their golden wedding and as he has
promised to his wife to go Paris for this date, he kept his promise although
he was still recovering from a serious surgery.
His love to orchids was so strong that the Sunday before he died, he asked
to take a turn around the nurseries, as if he wanted to do a farewell
visit. He went to nursery where he cultivated Masdevallia (the preferred
between all) and examined the pots, admired the most beautiful and gave
his commentary on. He admired the Cattleya staging and asked to
see the flowers which got his attention. He went to the nursery with his
collection and as he could not enter, he asked his wife to get the most
beautiful because he wished to see them closer, to get them into his hands.
He visited the new nursery and praised enthusiastically the conditions
of the cultivation of the pots he saw. On this Sunday afternoon, he took
his leave of his plants. After that, he returned to his bedroom to rest.
On Wednesday, he silently said good-bye for all.