Orchid Fever: A Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust, and Lunacy

Orchid Fever: A Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust, and

Orchid Fever: A Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust, and Lunacy [Download] ➸ Orchid Fever: A Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust, and Lunacy By Eric Hansen – Polishdarling.co.uk An adventure into the world of the orchid and the array of international characters who dedicate their lives to it The orchid is used for everything from medicine for elephants to an aphrodisiac ice c A Horticultural PDF/EPUB Ã An adventure into the world of the orchid and the array of international characters who dedicate their lives to it The orchid is used for everything from medicine for elephants to an aphrodisiac ice cream A Malaysian species can grow to weigh half a ton while a South American species fires miniature pollen darts at nectar sucking bees But the orchid is also the Orchid Fever: eBook Ø center of an illicit international business one grower in Santa Barbara tends his plants while toting an Uzi, and a former collector has been in hiding for seven years after serving a jail sentence for smuggling thirty dollars worth of orchids into Britain.


About the Author: Eric Hansen

A Horticultural PDF/EPUB Ã Eric Hansen is a travel writer, most famous for his book Stranger in the Forest On Foot Across Borneo, about a , km trek through the heartland of Borneo He lives in San Francisco For years he has traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Nepal, and Southeast Asia.



10 thoughts on “Orchid Fever: A Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust, and Lunacy

  1. Peggy Peggy says:

    Caution Do Not read the opening passages of this book while drinking Or in public Or anywhere you would be embarassed to be caught laughing out loud.I ran around from coworker to coworker and forced them to listen to me read passages aloud I read to myself and giggled audibly I also chuckled, chortled, and snorted, but I don t like to talk about that I knew a tiny bit about orchids and orchid growers from reading The Orchid Thief which I also recommend , but I believed that it was an is Caution Do Not read the opening passages of this book while drinking Or in public Or anywhere you would be embarassed to be caught laughing out loud.I ran around from coworker to coworker and forced them to listen to me read passages aloud I read to myself and giggled audibly I also chuckled, chortled, and snorted, but I don t like to talk about that I knew a tiny bit about orchids and orchid growers from reading The Orchid Thief which I also recommend , but I believed that it was an isolated incident Boy was I wrong.These people are crazy It s a flower, for pete s squeak, not diamonds or gold But Hansen does an excellent job drawing you in and introducing you to the orchid people You ll become fascinated with the intricacies of orchid law and lore, but mostly with those who flout the admittedly wacky rules all for the love of a flower.There s the sweet little old lady with tens of thousands of dollars in contraband orchids in her basement There s the orchid lawmakers, most of whom wouldn t recognize an orchid if it ran up and bit em on the ankle There s the vicious infighting and competition for the rarest bulbs There s the passel of government agents, armed with machine guns, no less, who tear up some guys flooring because they believe he smuggles orchids.Who knew the passions one little flower could arouse Do yourself a favor and check this one out Hansen clearly is as enthralled with his subjects as they are with orchids, and that makes for a very entertaining read indeed


  2. Louise Louise says:

    Who would have expected that the world of orchid collectors would be dangerous Along with experiencing this rough and wacky world, in this book you will learn a lot about orchids and how endangered flora are, in theory, protected Eric Hansen introduces you to people in the orchid community and those involved in orchid politics The book begins with an orchid hunt in Borneo, where the scientifically equipped researchers contrast significantly with their local guides You encounter and learn o Who would have expected that the world of orchid collectors would be dangerous Along with experiencing this rough and wacky world, in this book you will learn a lot about orchids and how endangered flora are, in theory, protected Eric Hansen introduces you to people in the orchid community and those involved in orchid politics The book begins with an orchid hunt in Borneo, where the scientifically equipped researchers contrast significantly with their local guides You encounter and learn of orchid lovers who have spent time in jail due to orchid rescues In competitions, overweight judges coldly dismiss orchids they consider fat In Turkey you can have ice cream flavored with the root of a local orchid which is said to be a potent aphrodisiac In New York you learn how the orchid smell is measured and documented by a nose You also meet a botanical gardens director who hides his involvement in orchid smuggling, an elderly wealthy collector who rues the day he worked on international orchid preservation standards and a grower in Minnesota who seems to be one of the rare people who have actually rescued wild orchids from modern development.Besides the everyday competition and jealousy that you find in most endeavors, the orchid community lives with CITES regulations These international guidelines were hastily written and at the time of this book were enforced by lawyers and bureaucrats, most of whom know little about botany let alone orchards Hansen shows how the effort they expend to preserve rare species can have the opposite effect In order to study and or save rare species, either the CITES and or its enforcers are often disregarded and sometimes with great consequences I wonder if this system is still in place.This book is a light read The chapters are short and the material is engagingly written It is very good, but if you are going to read just one of Hansen s books, read Stranger in the Forest


  3. Cynthia Cynthia says:

    this book started out like gangbusters and was laugh out loud funny but then it lost the fun thread and started to beobsessively about government regulations and how dumb they are and how ultimately they are going to destroy rare orchids, not protect them But the first half ofthe book is definitely a great read.


  4. Abby Abby says:

    An enjoyable, pleasantly written romp through the weird world of orchid hunters, breeders, and thieves Recommended for amateur orchid enthusiasts.


  5. Steve Woods Steve Woods says:

    I love orchids I certainly don t see myself as the kind of person who would kill others or break the law in any terrible way in pursuit of that passion however it has been one of the great pleasures of living in SE Asia that orchids are everywhere and I must admit to having slipped the odd one for transplantation in my garden over international borders This book was handed to me by a friend who lives in Indonesia who had witnessed such a minor crime of passion and so thought I might be interes I love orchids I certainly don t see myself as the kind of person who would kill others or break the law in any terrible way in pursuit of that passion however it has been one of the great pleasures of living in SE Asia that orchids are everywhere and I must admit to having slipped the odd one for transplantation in my garden over international borders This book was handed to me by a friend who lives in Indonesia who had witnessed such a minor crime of passion and so thought I might be interested in this tale.There is also another line of convergence here aside from my passionate enjoyment of the pure beauty which orchids can offer I have noted after some decades of living in Asia the decimation of wildlife through the now illegal trade of animals and animal products I have always therefore been a strongly vocal supporter of CITES as a way of ameliorating rapine practices in the wild for the achievement of either profit or a better erection It may not surprise anyone that while I have been developing this stance about wildlife I have also evolved a position about the corrupt, bureaucratic, unaccountable, and generally incompetent activities of many, many the greater proportion in my opinion NGO s and UN functionaries who seem farinterested in their inflated salaries, obscene allowances and living the expatriate high life while they wild tremendous power over their various domains than actually doing anything practically useful.Imagine my surprise when all of this came together in this obscure book where the idiocy of putting the evolution of anything meaningful let alone its administration into the hands of these people is lauded so loudly and clearly The CITES as drafted to cover plants including orchids was ineptly adapted by lawyers and bureaucrats who though overpaid were certainly less than qualified to comment The result is very bad legislation which in fact contributes actively to the destruction of the very plant species it claims to protect from groups of ardent if sometimes fanatical enthusiasts whose work does fargood than harm Their entire combined yearly activity would do significantly less damage than the clearing of a single logging site anywhere in the world These people who would at their own cost rescue all endangered or rare plants from suc a site at their own expense are in fact prohibited from doing so by CITES.Add that kind of idiocy to the millions spent on maintaining poorly trained officials who enforce the legislation with nothing less than Draconian zeal, often on behalf of power brokers from so called scientific institutions who are pursuing their own agendas, personal political and otherwise and you get the picture.The frustration in all of this is that a single person capable of common sense with the appropriate authority could rewrite the legislation so it fitted the circumstances and establish a body which for a fraction of the current enforcement costs could harness the good will of the many enthusiasts who are well known towards the actual preservation of species under threat, which after all was supposed to be the purpose of the CITES initiative in the first place This of course goes without consideration of those in the international arena with their noses in the particularly lush trough that goes with the conferences, position and perks related to the staus quo They would certainly fight tooth and nail to keep the flow comingwho cares about the plants when their wallet is at stake


  6. Kathleen (itpdx) Kathleen (itpdx) says:

    A lot of interesting information and interesting characters that inhabit the world of orchids Hansen conveys the information in short, tidy chapters from his personal experiences and interviews This is a clear example of unintended consequences of rule making I haven t been able to figure out if anything has changed since this book was published in 2000 Hansen sometimes reaches a little too hard for a laugh.


  7. latner3 latner3 says:

    A Horticultural Tale of love,Lust and Lunacy Lubricious Paphiopedilum sanderianum, is my favorite Very good read.


  8. Katherine Younkin Katherine Younkin says:

    Hansen offers a humorous and informative look into not only the different species of orchids but to the types of people who revere them He explores the orchid world with the fascinated intensity of a boy picking up a rock exposing the wriggling creatures underneath The stories run the spectrum from strange and intriguing to beautiful and funny You ll learn about a delicacy, Turkish orchid ice cream and step into a world where orchid smugglers have the spy skills of MI 6 In each chapter heade Hansen offers a humorous and informative look into not only the different species of orchids but to the types of people who revere them He explores the orchid world with the fascinated intensity of a boy picking up a rock exposing the wriggling creatures underneath The stories run the spectrum from strange and intriguing to beautiful and funny You ll learn about a delicacy, Turkish orchid ice cream and step into a world where orchid smugglers have the spy skills of MI 6 In each chapter headed by an illustration of a different species of orchid, Hansen covers a subject who is dedicated to orchids in one way or another He interviews the likes of a grower in Borneo, botanists at Kew Gardens, scientists in Copenhagen, and a recluse in Paris.One of his most amusing stories has an esteemed and dignified orchid scientist taking a swing at a customs official over a dead orchid specimen that was collected a hundred years before Another has Hansen trying to discern the difference between orchid fragrances One of my favorite descriptions has him describing a certain orchid bloom as smelling like raspberry jam spread on a toasted English muffin torn not sliced Hansen is a skilled and entertaining writer well equipped to take the reader on a stroll through the orchid world His wry sense of humor provides an excellent commentary on the orchid world s inhabitants


  9. Rooshna Mohsin Rooshna Mohsin says:

    I did not expect to enjoy and love this book as much as I actually did It was a very funny and intriguing read that kept me hooked beginning to end Hansen did an absolutely amazing job incorporating amazing stories of orchid enthusiasts around the world to easily teach readers detailed information about orchids that otherwise would have been difficult and boring for the readers to digest Not only was this an intelligent tactic that he used to educate readers, but it also helped keep the reade I did not expect to enjoy and love this book as much as I actually did It was a very funny and intriguing read that kept me hooked beginning to end Hansen did an absolutely amazing job incorporating amazing stories of orchid enthusiasts around the world to easily teach readers detailed information about orchids that otherwise would have been difficult and boring for the readers to digest Not only was this an intelligent tactic that he used to educate readers, but it also helped keep the reader engaged and wanting to know what else was going to happen through the rest of the book This books provides all readers an inside look of how botany, particularly geared towards orchids, really is There is a great amount of unknown activity that actually goes on in the botany world, and some of it remains generally unknown because it is underground at one point Hansen mentions that it is actually comparable to the illegal drug trade as many people have underground gardens and businesses to grow different varieties of orchids despite laws and regulations on what orchids can and cannot be grown This seems to be the overall idea of the book as well Although I originally thought I would be reading a book focusedon the details about the orchid plant itself, Hansen made the read so muchinteresting with focuses on the political and legal issues surrounding the flower plant, and the people who sell and trade these plants Through the silly little jokes, Hansen eased the reader into the actual depths of his research He illustrated the secret battles that a lot of people who dream of, steal, and secretly grow certain orchid plants despite CITES enforcements to prevent it, or only allow it if they were to receive monetary gain Whether it be the unfair regulations that CITES has, and the actions that they are willing to take when made aware of rule breakers, it is truly upsetting to see how far these things have gotten in terms of orchid trading and the repercussions of it This book is definitely an easy read for amateurs who are not too well aware of the plant world, and the material is enough to keep you interested It is definitely a book that every orchid enthusiast should take a hold of, and even a good book for anyone who is interested in orchids, or wants to learnabout the actual legalities of orchid growing and trading Definitely a fun and easy read that does get the point across by the end of the day


  10. Honey Rand Honey Rand says:

    Having read BOTH the Orchid Thief and The Scent of Scandal, I was disappointed in this book Great for research on the inanity of the regulatory system that governs the import and export of orchids as in, better for them to be plowed under by progress than collected by commercial or scholarly institutions.but it took 75 pages of a 275 page book before the first real story about orchids Following there were anecdotes, someamusing than others, but the only storyline was the writer s Having read BOTH the Orchid Thief and The Scent of Scandal, I was disappointed in this book Great for research on the inanity of the regulatory system that governs the import and export of orchids as in, better for them to be plowed under by progress than collected by commercial or scholarly institutions.but it took 75 pages of a 275 page book before the first real story about orchids Following there were anecdotes, someamusing than others, but the only storyline was the writer s discovery of orchid insanity If you want to appreciate the crazy Susan Orleans or Craig Pittman s books do the trick in an entertaining fashion If you are writing your own book about Orchids, you ll need all three


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10 thoughts on “Orchid Fever: A Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust, and Lunacy

  1. Peggy Peggy says:

    Caution Do Not read the opening passages of this book while drinking Or in public Or anywhere you would be embarassed to be caught laughing out loud.I ran around from coworker to coworker and forced them to listen to me read passages aloud I read to myself and giggled audibly I also chuckled, chortled, and snorted, but I don t like to talk about that I knew a tiny bit about orchids and orchid growers from reading The Orchid Thief which I also recommend , but I believed that it was an is Caution Do Not read the opening passages of this book while drinking Or in public Or anywhere you would be embarassed to be caught laughing out loud.I ran around from coworker to coworker and forced them to listen to me read passages aloud I read to myself and giggled audibly I also chuckled, chortled, and snorted, but I don t like to talk about that I knew a tiny bit about orchids and orchid growers from reading The Orchid Thief which I also recommend , but I believed that it was an isolated incident Boy was I wrong.These people are crazy It s a flower, for pete s squeak, not diamonds or gold But Hansen does an excellent job drawing you in and introducing you to the orchid people You ll become fascinated with the intricacies of orchid law and lore, but mostly with those who flout the admittedly wacky rules all for the love of a flower.There s the sweet little old lady with tens of thousands of dollars in contraband orchids in her basement There s the orchid lawmakers, most of whom wouldn t recognize an orchid if it ran up and bit em on the ankle There s the vicious infighting and competition for the rarest bulbs There s the passel of government agents, armed with machine guns, no less, who tear up some guys flooring because they believe he smuggles orchids.Who knew the passions one little flower could arouse Do yourself a favor and check this one out Hansen clearly is as enthralled with his subjects as they are with orchids, and that makes for a very entertaining read indeed


  2. Louise Louise says:

    Who would have expected that the world of orchid collectors would be dangerous Along with experiencing this rough and wacky world, in this book you will learn a lot about orchids and how endangered flora are, in theory, protected Eric Hansen introduces you to people in the orchid community and those involved in orchid politics The book begins with an orchid hunt in Borneo, where the scientifically equipped researchers contrast significantly with their local guides You encounter and learn o Who would have expected that the world of orchid collectors would be dangerous Along with experiencing this rough and wacky world, in this book you will learn a lot about orchids and how endangered flora are, in theory, protected Eric Hansen introduces you to people in the orchid community and those involved in orchid politics The book begins with an orchid hunt in Borneo, where the scientifically equipped researchers contrast significantly with their local guides You encounter and learn of orchid lovers who have spent time in jail due to orchid rescues In competitions, overweight judges coldly dismiss orchids they consider fat In Turkey you can have ice cream flavored with the root of a local orchid which is said to be a potent aphrodisiac In New York you learn how the orchid smell is measured and documented by a nose You also meet a botanical gardens director who hides his involvement in orchid smuggling, an elderly wealthy collector who rues the day he worked on international orchid preservation standards and a grower in Minnesota who seems to be one of the rare people who have actually rescued wild orchids from modern development.Besides the everyday competition and jealousy that you find in most endeavors, the orchid community lives with CITES regulations These international guidelines were hastily written and at the time of this book were enforced by lawyers and bureaucrats, most of whom know little about botany let alone orchards Hansen shows how the effort they expend to preserve rare species can have the opposite effect In order to study and or save rare species, either the CITES and or its enforcers are often disregarded and sometimes with great consequences I wonder if this system is still in place.This book is a light read The chapters are short and the material is engagingly written It is very good, but if you are going to read just one of Hansen s books, read Stranger in the Forest


  3. Cynthia Cynthia says:

    this book started out like gangbusters and was laugh out loud funny but then it lost the fun thread and started to beobsessively about government regulations and how dumb they are and how ultimately they are going to destroy rare orchids, not protect them But the first half ofthe book is definitely a great read.


  4. Abby Abby says:

    An enjoyable, pleasantly written romp through the weird world of orchid hunters, breeders, and thieves Recommended for amateur orchid enthusiasts.


  5. Steve Woods Steve Woods says:

    I love orchids I certainly don t see myself as the kind of person who would kill others or break the law in any terrible way in pursuit of that passion however it has been one of the great pleasures of living in SE Asia that orchids are everywhere and I must admit to having slipped the odd one for transplantation in my garden over international borders This book was handed to me by a friend who lives in Indonesia who had witnessed such a minor crime of passion and so thought I might be interes I love orchids I certainly don t see myself as the kind of person who would kill others or break the law in any terrible way in pursuit of that passion however it has been one of the great pleasures of living in SE Asia that orchids are everywhere and I must admit to having slipped the odd one for transplantation in my garden over international borders This book was handed to me by a friend who lives in Indonesia who had witnessed such a minor crime of passion and so thought I might be interested in this tale.There is also another line of convergence here aside from my passionate enjoyment of the pure beauty which orchids can offer I have noted after some decades of living in Asia the decimation of wildlife through the now illegal trade of animals and animal products I have always therefore been a strongly vocal supporter of CITES as a way of ameliorating rapine practices in the wild for the achievement of either profit or a better erection It may not surprise anyone that while I have been developing this stance about wildlife I have also evolved a position about the corrupt, bureaucratic, unaccountable, and generally incompetent activities of many, many the greater proportion in my opinion NGO s and UN functionaries who seem farinterested in their inflated salaries, obscene allowances and living the expatriate high life while they wild tremendous power over their various domains than actually doing anything practically useful.Imagine my surprise when all of this came together in this obscure book where the idiocy of putting the evolution of anything meaningful let alone its administration into the hands of these people is lauded so loudly and clearly The CITES as drafted to cover plants including orchids was ineptly adapted by lawyers and bureaucrats who though overpaid were certainly less than qualified to comment The result is very bad legislation which in fact contributes actively to the destruction of the very plant species it claims to protect from groups of ardent if sometimes fanatical enthusiasts whose work does fargood than harm Their entire combined yearly activity would do significantly less damage than the clearing of a single logging site anywhere in the world These people who would at their own cost rescue all endangered or rare plants from suc a site at their own expense are in fact prohibited from doing so by CITES.Add that kind of idiocy to the millions spent on maintaining poorly trained officials who enforce the legislation with nothing less than Draconian zeal, often on behalf of power brokers from so called scientific institutions who are pursuing their own agendas, personal political and otherwise and you get the picture.The frustration in all of this is that a single person capable of common sense with the appropriate authority could rewrite the legislation so it fitted the circumstances and establish a body which for a fraction of the current enforcement costs could harness the good will of the many enthusiasts who are well known towards the actual preservation of species under threat, which after all was supposed to be the purpose of the CITES initiative in the first place This of course goes without consideration of those in the international arena with their noses in the particularly lush trough that goes with the conferences, position and perks related to the staus quo They would certainly fight tooth and nail to keep the flow comingwho cares about the plants when their wallet is at stake


  6. Kathleen (itpdx) Kathleen (itpdx) says:

    A lot of interesting information and interesting characters that inhabit the world of orchids Hansen conveys the information in short, tidy chapters from his personal experiences and interviews This is a clear example of unintended consequences of rule making I haven t been able to figure out if anything has changed since this book was published in 2000 Hansen sometimes reaches a little too hard for a laugh.


  7. latner3 latner3 says:

    A Horticultural Tale of love,Lust and Lunacy Lubricious Paphiopedilum sanderianum, is my favorite Very good read.


  8. Katherine Younkin Katherine Younkin says:

    Hansen offers a humorous and informative look into not only the different species of orchids but to the types of people who revere them He explores the orchid world with the fascinated intensity of a boy picking up a rock exposing the wriggling creatures underneath The stories run the spectrum from strange and intriguing to beautiful and funny You ll learn about a delicacy, Turkish orchid ice cream and step into a world where orchid smugglers have the spy skills of MI 6 In each chapter heade Hansen offers a humorous and informative look into not only the different species of orchids but to the types of people who revere them He explores the orchid world with the fascinated intensity of a boy picking up a rock exposing the wriggling creatures underneath The stories run the spectrum from strange and intriguing to beautiful and funny You ll learn about a delicacy, Turkish orchid ice cream and step into a world where orchid smugglers have the spy skills of MI 6 In each chapter headed by an illustration of a different species of orchid, Hansen covers a subject who is dedicated to orchids in one way or another He interviews the likes of a grower in Borneo, botanists at Kew Gardens, scientists in Copenhagen, and a recluse in Paris.One of his most amusing stories has an esteemed and dignified orchid scientist taking a swing at a customs official over a dead orchid specimen that was collected a hundred years before Another has Hansen trying to discern the difference between orchid fragrances One of my favorite descriptions has him describing a certain orchid bloom as smelling like raspberry jam spread on a toasted English muffin torn not sliced Hansen is a skilled and entertaining writer well equipped to take the reader on a stroll through the orchid world His wry sense of humor provides an excellent commentary on the orchid world s inhabitants


  9. Rooshna Mohsin Rooshna Mohsin says:

    I did not expect to enjoy and love this book as much as I actually did It was a very funny and intriguing read that kept me hooked beginning to end Hansen did an absolutely amazing job incorporating amazing stories of orchid enthusiasts around the world to easily teach readers detailed information about orchids that otherwise would have been difficult and boring for the readers to digest Not only was this an intelligent tactic that he used to educate readers, but it also helped keep the reade I did not expect to enjoy and love this book as much as I actually did It was a very funny and intriguing read that kept me hooked beginning to end Hansen did an absolutely amazing job incorporating amazing stories of orchid enthusiasts around the world to easily teach readers detailed information about orchids that otherwise would have been difficult and boring for the readers to digest Not only was this an intelligent tactic that he used to educate readers, but it also helped keep the reader engaged and wanting to know what else was going to happen through the rest of the book This books provides all readers an inside look of how botany, particularly geared towards orchids, really is There is a great amount of unknown activity that actually goes on in the botany world, and some of it remains generally unknown because it is underground at one point Hansen mentions that it is actually comparable to the illegal drug trade as many people have underground gardens and businesses to grow different varieties of orchids despite laws and regulations on what orchids can and cannot be grown This seems to be the overall idea of the book as well Although I originally thought I would be reading a book focusedon the details about the orchid plant itself, Hansen made the read so muchinteresting with focuses on the political and legal issues surrounding the flower plant, and the people who sell and trade these plants Through the silly little jokes, Hansen eased the reader into the actual depths of his research He illustrated the secret battles that a lot of people who dream of, steal, and secretly grow certain orchid plants despite CITES enforcements to prevent it, or only allow it if they were to receive monetary gain Whether it be the unfair regulations that CITES has, and the actions that they are willing to take when made aware of rule breakers, it is truly upsetting to see how far these things have gotten in terms of orchid trading and the repercussions of it This book is definitely an easy read for amateurs who are not too well aware of the plant world, and the material is enough to keep you interested It is definitely a book that every orchid enthusiast should take a hold of, and even a good book for anyone who is interested in orchids, or wants to learnabout the actual legalities of orchid growing and trading Definitely a fun and easy read that does get the point across by the end of the day


  10. Honey Rand Honey Rand says:

    Having read BOTH the Orchid Thief and The Scent of Scandal, I was disappointed in this book Great for research on the inanity of the regulatory system that governs the import and export of orchids as in, better for them to be plowed under by progress than collected by commercial or scholarly institutions.but it took 75 pages of a 275 page book before the first real story about orchids Following there were anecdotes, someamusing than others, but the only storyline was the writer s Having read BOTH the Orchid Thief and The Scent of Scandal, I was disappointed in this book Great for research on the inanity of the regulatory system that governs the import and export of orchids as in, better for them to be plowed under by progress than collected by commercial or scholarly institutions.but it took 75 pages of a 275 page book before the first real story about orchids Following there were anecdotes, someamusing than others, but the only storyline was the writer s discovery of orchid insanity If you want to appreciate the crazy Susan Orleans or Craig Pittman s books do the trick in an entertaining fashion If you are writing your own book about Orchids, you ll need all three


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