ANDREA NIESSEN was born in Cali, Colombia. She was schooled in Columbia and the US achieving a Master´s of Science in Virology from the University of Florida in Gainesville USA.
Andrea has lectured about Colombian Orchids throughout the world and with her husband has maintained an orchid nursery since 1989, ORQUIDEAS DEL VALLE LTDA. It has has grown to include two retail shops, one in downtown Cali and the other in Ginebra, two nurseries, one warm growing and the other for cool growing plants and laboratory facilities for seed flasking. ORQUIDEAS DEL VALLE LTDA. has attended many National and International Shows and also six World Orchid Conferences and European Orchid Conferences exhibiting and selling the beautiful and diverse orchid species from Colombia.