Synopses & Reviews
This handsome reference, now available in paperback, is sure to delight gardeners with a casual interest in orchids as well as the committed enthusiast and professional. Encompassing a wide spectrum of orchid genera, over 1100 species and hybrids commonly in cultivation are detailed. With an authoritative but accessible text written by acknowledged experts of international renown, the book features all the pertinent topics which guide the reader to an understanding of these wonderful flowers: orchid habitats, distribution, classification, hybrids, pollination, cultivation, and conservation. The alphabetical "Orchids A-Z" section includes descriptions, taxonomy, currently accepted names and synonyms, geographic distribution, notes on culture, and hundreds of color photographs of the best-known species in cultivation.
"A necessary and, therefore, highly recommended acquisition for any library with botanical or gardening readers."
—L. G. Kavaljian, Choice, February 1993
"Detailed enough for enthusiasts and accessible to general readers, this is a must for all horticulural reference collections."
—Phillip Oliver, Library Journal, December 15, 2004 Library Journal
About the Author
Alec Pridgeon is Sainsbury Orchid Fellow of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he edits the twice-yearly Orchid Research Newsletter. He is perhaps best known as past editor of the American Orchid Society Bulletin and founding editor of the scientific orchid journal, Lindleyana. He is a fellow of the Linnean Society of London, a research associate of the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida, and a member of the orchid committee and orchid registration advisory committee of the Royal Horticultural Society. He has written and edited many books and articles on orchids and has lectured on this topic internationally.