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Orchids [Hardcover]

Greg Allikas
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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Press (CA) (Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571452656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571452658
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 29.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,715,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WORTH HAVING FOR ANY ORCHID NUT 27 Mar 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is essentially an introductory overview of the whole orchid world, containing history, including the convoluted orchid taxonomy, biology, descriptive essays of selected genera, useful growing advice and, of course, exquisite, large photographs on every page. Take absolutely no notice of the 10-year-old, one star review on Amazon.com, which is a travesty; one is almost tempted to label it malicious.

A problem of finding advice on growing any species/hybrids you happen to have is that there are so many, that no book, or even ten-volume encyclopaedic set, is going to contain them all - leaving aside the fact that taxonomists change names seemingly every week, rendering publications out of date overnight... The best way ahead is to buy your book first, and then buy plants described in the book.

I bought my "very good" used copy from the excellent and reliable "World of Books" on Amazon marketplace for 1p + PP; I regard it as a steal. However many orchid books you have, you won't be sorry you bought this one, and if you are looking for a first, this is as good as any. The fact that it was published 14 years ago is totally irrelevant and detracts not one wit from its value. Nicely written, too, by a prominent figure of the US orchid establishment, and an easy read.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book! 7 Feb 2001
This interesting and informative book was an absolute pleasure to read. As a relative newcomer to orchid growing I am amazed at the range of beautiful and interesting plants available. This book captures their fascinating beauty with its vivid photography.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Every Orchid Lover! 13 Dec 2000
By K. Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I can't recommend this book highly enough. The photography is fantastic and the informative text is written in an easy to read style. References to individual plants and supplies are up-to-date, too. You can't go wrong with this book, which is available for a surprisingly low price.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reply to anonymous "A Reader" 21 Oct 2004
By Greg Allikas - Published on Amazon.com
As one of the authors of this book (the photographer) I am sorry that you are disappointed. The book was never intended to address the "science and methods of orchid care", nor was it intended to serve as a field guide for identifying species. The book's purpose is to share the beauty of these flowers with those who are unfamiliar, and offer a non-technical, easy reading introduction to the history, classification, and culture of orchids. The publishers contracted us to produce a coffee table book and that is exactly what we did.
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book! 9 Aug 2014
By Arleen Cano - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes it was a nice book and it is clean and like brand new!
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1.0 out of 5 stars nice pix - lousy narrative 5 Jun 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I am very disappointed by this book. While the pictures are plentiful and striking, the information in the book is essentially useless. While the authors make a valiant attempt to cover a breadth of species, they do so at the expense of providing any depth beyond what you might expect from your teenager's research report. The vast majority of photos are extreme close-ups of the blooms - great if you're looking for a coffee table book. Since there are few pictures of complete plants, however, the photos do not really aid in plant identification. Finally, a casual read uncovered three typos - all of which would have been caught through a spell check. I'm left thinking the authors were more interested in making a quick buck than making a quality contribution to the science and methods of orchid care.
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