paper, 60 pp., $10.00
One of the largest plant families on the planet, orchids have an extensive variety of floral types. This fact and the unfounded belief that they are difficult to grow have created an aura of rarity about their cultivation. An amateur orchid grower for 30 years, Philip Seaton disputes this belief in his attractively illustrated guide to growing orchids indoors. He provides tips on selecting a plant, getting the exotic plant home, and cultivation over its lifetime. The text covers both the more commonly grown species as well as those that are more challenging. The section on pests and diseases is notable for the clarity of photographs that help the grower to identify and solve such problems. The author rounds out his instructions with a review of scientific explanations of floral structure and the importance of conservation of rare species.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden