A brief and remarkable meeting
I met Mr. Jorge Verboonen just once when we visited Orquidário Binot.
We arrived, Delfina and I, at the nurseries ill-timed for visitations
and we thought that we would not be received. By luck and also due to
a little insistence of us, the employee decided to call Mr. Jorge Verboonen.
Then, we have been received with attention and kindness...
Interrupting his repose, he met and showed us all nurseries, talking about
the plants, almost one by one, explaining why that plant was in that place
and nowhere else, telling us a little about the history of Binot, listening
carefully to the doubts that Delfina, a beginner in orchids' studies,
put and answering every thing with a touching enthusiasm.
I, by this time, observed the orchids with a certain distance and had
a stereotyped idea about those people who dealt with orchids, was charmed
with the kindness and the attention that Mr. Verboonen gave to us.
I should say that I was curious and puzzled with the passion that this
people showed to orchids. And seeing Mr. Jorge Verboonen, an extremely
kind and polite person also showing the same passion for those plants,
I have been convinced that something interesting they should have and
in this investigation, I started to love them too. I always wished to
meet Mr. Jorge Verboonen again to talk a little about orchids, about his
personal history, about life, after all. By many reasons, I never had
this conversation with him. Now, I must put off this chat a little more.
Thank you, Mr. Jorge.
Rest in peace.
Orquidário Binot - compilation (by Delfina de Araujo)
Jorge Verboonen, a passion for orchids by Delfina de Araujo
Jorge Verboonen by Raimundo Mesquita
Jorge Verboonen by Waldemar