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The Classic Cattleyas Hardcover – Illustrated, February 1, 2006

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Another in the long line of fine horticulture books from this publisher. Everything about this book simply screams, 'Read me.' While the main focus of the book is on the species, Chadwick also discusses the early days of cattleya hybridizing, giving a wonderfully accurate picture of how we arrived at the dizzying breadth and range of colors now seen. -- Ned Nash Orchids 20060501 While the title may seem like this book is only for cattleya growers, it really tells the story of the discovery of tropical orchids by western civilization. Every orchid hobbyist should have a copy even if they do not grow cattleyas. -- Courtney T. Hackney Orchid Digest 20060701 Comprehensive, a pleasure to handle and read ... I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in these handsome plants. -- Isobyl la Croix Orchid Review 20061101

Book Description

Cattleyas, first introduced in 1818, are the flowers whose form and color defined the essence of tropical orchids for generations to come. This helpful and informative book-for veteran orchid enthusiasts and beginners alike-describes each classic Cattleya species in fascinating detail and includes all that is required to appreciate and grow cattleyas successfully.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881927643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881927641
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1.2 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,105,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Orchidman NH on October 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a commercial grower and as a collector, I eagerly awaited the publication of this book. The book does not contain passages on every Cattleya out there, but for the species selected as "Classic" it is an invaluable resource. I also appreciated that Chadwick did not bow down to what I consider to be the over burdensome and ill conceived new classification system. Chadwick articles are frequently featured in the American Orchid Society magazine and I would consider him one of the foremost authorities on the subject. This book is very readable for the everyday collector and does not get overly involved in hyper-technical scientific jargon. Plus, the photography is beautiful. Anyone who enjoys orchids, or is interested in their history, would love this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Walworth on December 28, 2007
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This is an outstanding book on the Cattleya's, but who would expect any less from the Chadwick family, orchid growers par excellent. Beautiful color photos on nearly every page, and a good section on culture as well. One of my favorite orchid books. 5 stars!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gast on August 25, 2009
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This is a fine book for lovers of orchids. It is, first and foremost, a history, even though there are rudimentary chapters on botany and culture. Cattleyas began the orchid-mania that swept Europe and this book charts that passion and the subsequent struggles to cultivate, progagate and hybridize. The classic cattleyas are described in great detail -- including brief cultural advice for the grower.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Maria J. F. Lau on June 4, 2006
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For those who enjoy the beautifull of the Royal Flower of the Imperial Europe, this is the book.

For those who look for beautifull photos with true colors of the Cattleyas, this is the book.

For those who love the history of how the Cattleya becamed the Star of the Orchids, this is the book.

For those who want to study and make success in growing the large-flowered Cattleyas, this is the book.

For those who accept that brazilian Laelias are in now living in the Botanical Orphanage of the Cattleya genus (and admit that "eight polinias in this large brazilian species are just a trivial difference"), this is the book.

And for those who try to find in this book the bifoliate, multi-flowered Cattleyas, well, try to consider another book. This book lacks of them.

Alejandro E. Taborda
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. O. Pickens on March 2, 2008
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Just what I wanted! "The Classic Cattleyas" by the father and son team
of Arthur A. Chadwick and Arthur E. Chadwick, gives the reader the historic
past of each orchids discovery,as well as,it's natural origins and habitat.
Observing where each plant grows in nature and recording the clutural
history, Arthur A. Chadwick with his sixty year growing experience gives the
read information on how to grow each species. Easy reading with excellent
illustrations, photographs and classic botanical prints show the
characteristics and beauty of the classic orchids. The book obviously shows
a lifetime of studying these plants.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sue Bottom on February 13, 2009
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The book is fantastic, well written and great pictures. It goes through the large flowered cattleyas and laelias one by one, in the order in which they were introduced to the European market. The history behind the species is fascinating and the specific cultural requirements of each cattleya species is addressed along with a brief of their use in hybridizing. The general cultural chapter is also excellent. My only regret is they didn't get to the bifoliates, maybe in the next book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Collina on July 25, 2008
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This book is my favorite orchid book because it is about my favorite species. It is written by a wonderful man and his son. Amazing photos and information that could only be acquired by a long time dedicated and intelligent orchidist! He made a thriving business out of his LOVE for orchids! They have a website that has his American Orchid Society articles that I reference to help with my growing needs. The book is a must have for any serious cattleya species grower!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hsieh, Kuang-Jen on October 11, 2012
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Actually, this is the first book I bought from Amazon.com. Before I read this book, the only I learnt about Cattleyas was an old Chinese book called "Exotic Orchids" since my childhood.

The authors introduced 17 so called "unifoliate" or "large-flowered" Cattleyas and 6 Brazilian Lealias but they insisted on "Cattleyas" through a chronicle in discovery. Each species has its unique distributing habitat, growing characteristic, and flowering season, so the Chadwicks instructed different culture techniques for each Cattleya.

From the description of story-telling, I could almost see the imagery of Victorian Era that orchid hunters were searching orchids in cloudy forests of Andes ridges or in smog jungles of Amazon basin; the rich Esquires were eagering for a precious orchid from auction in London. Many astonishing orchids were showing off in hundreds of "stove houses", but even more precious orchids were dying in shipments across the Atlantic Ocean!

I think that we shall protect these beautiful species from destroying rain forests and not buying them from wild. Like the authors said about L. tenebrosa: Today, it is like the elusive "pot of gold" at the end of the rainbow-- it is there, but it is not there. Of the sibling cross still being made, there is always hope that some of the old genes may be present and re-appear to unlock grandeur of the past. Keep them in their own habitats, someday we will discover this great gene without taking it back!
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