Synopses & Reviews
"A fabulous work. Highly recommended." -Library Journal
Orchids were brought to Europe from the tropics and subtropics beginning in the 17th century, and by 1839, English plant nurseries were selling 1,600 different kinds of the flower. Long prized for their exotic beauty and astonishing variety, orchids are the royal family of the plant kingdom. The story of this flower, from the hunt for new varieties in the wild in the 1800s to the development of the more than 100,000 hybrids that exist today, is related in fascinating detail in Orchids.
This beautiful book features text by one of the world's foremost orchid authorities alongside spectacular watercolor portraits of prize-winning orchids from the Royal Horticultural Society in London, which spearheaded orchid cultivation in Western Europe beginning in the 19th century. This exquisite collection of paintings commissioned by the RHS every year since 1897 represents the ultimate orchid pictorial history. Now in a reduced format, Orchids is an indispensable sourcebook for those captivated by the beauty and infinite variety of this glamorous flower.
- This reduced format version is identical in content to the original edition: all essays and bibliographic information, 300 plates in full color, for a fraction of the original $60.00 price.
- Reproduced for the first time when the book was first released in 2002, these illustrations represent the most authoritative history of the orchid's evolution.
- The interior text is being reset at a larger size for readability.
About the Author
Mark Griffiths, one of the world's foremost writers on orchids, has edited and written numerous publications on orchids and horticulture. He was editor of The New Royal Horticulture of Gardening, and was awarded the Garden Writers' Guild Special Award for a Work of Outstanding Excellence for his RHS Manual, Orchids. Griffiths is horticultural correspondent for The Times, London.