Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Orchid guide both useful, attractive

"300 Orchids: Species, Hybrids & Varieties in Cultivation" (Firefly, $29.95) is a chunky little book chock-full of practical information on the most common orchid varieties, which seem to be growing in popularity.

Alphabetically arranged and encyclopedic in design, it's a comprehensive guide that covers species from every continent and provides basic care instructions and information on taxonomy, form, distribution, cultivation, habitat and conservation status for each.

Its author, Jane Boosey, is a British orchid dealer.

Though it's oddly shaped and sized for such a purpose, the photos make it a wonderful candidate for the coffee table.

-- Newsday


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