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SAOS Library - Books on Specialty Topics
Orchid Fiction

The Orchid Thief
 

The Orchid Thief
Susan Orleans
A modern classic of personal journalism, The Orchid Thief is Susan Orlean’s wickedly funny, elegant, and captivating tale of an amazing obsession. Determined to clone an endangered flower—the rare ghost orchid Polyrrhiza lindenii—a deeply eccentric and oddly attractive man named John Laroche leads Orlean on an unforgettable tour of America’s strange flower-selling subculture, through Florida’s swamps and beyond, along with the Seminoles who help him and the forces of justice who fight him. In the end,


A Scent of Scandal
 

A Scent of Scandal
Craig Pittman
A fascinating true story of obsession, greed, and lust for the unobtainable. Reminds me a great deal of The Maltese Falcon.


Orchid History and Near History

A History of the Orchid
 

A History of the Orchid
Merle A. Reinikka
An engaging account of humanity's growing fascination with orchids from ancient times onward, together with a biographical gallery of 50 great scientists, naturalists, and explorers who contributed to our knowledge of orchids.


A History of the Orchid
 

The Judge, The Hunter, The Thief and the Black Orchid (a DVD)
Rich Walton
Gaze into the seductive stare of an orchid at your own risk. Many who do quickly fall under its captive spell. In the orchid world it's known simply as 'orchid fever.'


Orchid Fever
 

Orchid Fever
Eric Hansen
The acclaimed author of Motoring with Mohammed brings us a compelling adventure into the remarkable world of the orchid and the impossibly bizarre array of international characters who dedicte their lives to it.


Greenhouses

Greenhouse Gardening for Fun
 

Greenhouse Gardening for Fun
Claire L Blake
How to select and run your home greenhouse easily, and grow 150 plants - including African violets, begonias, geraniums, gesneriads and orchids.


 

Greenhouses Planning, Installing and Using Greenhouses
Ortho Books


 

How to Build and Use Greenhouses
Ortho Books


Orchid Pests and Diseases

 

Handbook on Orchid Pests and Diseases
American Orchid Society


 

The Orchid Doctor - Remedies, Recipes, Recommendations and References
Dr. O. Wesley


Orchid Photography and Illustration

 

Orchid Photography
American Orchid Society


 

Photographing Landscapes and Gardens
Michael Busselle


Florida Orchid Growing - Month by Month
 

Orchids at Christmas
Blanche and Oakes Ames
Orchids at Christmas was published jointly by the Ames family and Harvard's Botanical Museum in 1975 as a tribute to Oakes and Blanche Ames. It has been out of print for several years. The Ames' descendants have undertaken to reprint it for the beauty of the orchid drawings by Blanche, a botanical artist, and for the arresting poems accompanying the drawings they sent out as holiday cards from 1937 through 1949.


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