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Growing Orchids in Your Garden Hardcover – Illustrated, September 1, 2004
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Recommended for any library serving gardeners or horticultural students and researchers. -- Sarah Williams "E-Streams" (09/01/2005) "Growing Orchids in Your Garden" has all (or at least almost all) of the information you need to make "good" choices, "wherever" your garden is located. A boon to all California gardeners that wonder what to do with orchids once all the windows in the house are full. -- John Bagnasco "Garden Compass" (04/12/2005) The book is generously illustrated and there is an extensive table of recommended orchids. The price is right! -- Yoneo Sagawa "Hawaii Orchid Journal" (03/15/2005) It is certain the fine photographs will tempt you to grow orchids in your garden, and with this book you will succeed! -- John E. Bryan "Gardening Newsletter" (02/09/2005) This beautifully illustrated guide by an Australian orchid expert explains how epiphytes can be grown on trees, lithophytes on rocks and walls, and terrestrials in the ground. Provides ample information on how to grow epiphytic, lithophytic and terrestrial orchids in a variety of situations ... Highly recommended [and] fun to read! -- Yoneo Sagawa "Hawaii Orchid Journal" (06/06/2005) Excellent photographs support an informative, easy-to-read text that's not too technical and should encourage people to think of orchids as something for their gardens. -- Nancy Brachey "Charlotte Observer" (05/16/2005) Color photos enhance the descriptions, as do screened sidebars offering tidbits of history, anecdotes, quotations, and other short incidentals to intrigue the casual reader. -- Marge Howard-Jones "California Garden" (05/10/2005) For tropical aficionados wishing to integrate orchids into their gardens," Growing Orchids" delivers on every front and, as it has in my book collection, will become one of your most valued references. -- Greg Asbagh "Let's Talk Plants" (02/22/2005) This authoritative world-wide guide to hardy and tropical species features complete profiles of over 500 orchids. The author's enthusiasm for orchids is infectious, and he is sure to inspire readers with his innovative approaches. -- Connie Krochmal "Bella Online" (07/01/2005) "This beautifully illustrated guide by an Australian orchid expert explains how epiphytes can be grown on trees, lithophytes on rocks and walls, and terrestrials in the ground."--Library Journal, December 2, 2004 "A boon to all California gardeners that wonder what to do with orchids once all the windows in the house are full."--John Bagnasco, Garden Compass, April 2005--John Bagnasco "Garden Compass " "Recommended for any library serving gardeners or horticultural students and researchers."--Sarah Williams, E-Streams, September 2005--Sarah Williams "E-Streams "
Wherever you live in the world, you can grow orchids in your garden. Although it may sound too good to be true, many orchids are actually low-maintenance plants for various backyard habitats and don't need special pots or greenhouses. In this exciting book, Robert Friend shows gardeners how to introduce orchids into the garden by attaching them to trees, fixing them to rocks and walls, or planting them directly into garden beds. He details more than 500 orchid choices for every garden situation and supplies practical cultivation information.
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A must have book for the keen gardeners library, or for anybody who loves orchids. I love this book & cannot recommend it too highly.
I may not be able to leave my orchids outside year round, but his chapter on growing orchids indoors is very helpful in keeping mine alive and beautiful no matter what the weather is outside.
This book is really for someone who already had the orchid basics down. But for anyone who grows orchids already, this is a book that might inspire you to look at your plants in a new light.
So you might be disappointed if you are not located in Florida (especially south of Gainsville), Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or Southern California. But if your garden is in one of the subtropical areas you will be delighted. It is not a big book for the price, but is well written, nicely illustrated, and contains much practical advice. For example the author discusses which types of trees are best for which epiphytes, where to place them on the tree, how to attach them, how much optimal sunlight and so forth.
Good book, but not so valuable if you live in Minnesota.
Chapter 1 is "Epiphytes: Growing Orchids on Trees," which discusses the requirements of epiphytes, how to attach them to trees, companion planting, and caring for the orchids after they are planted. This is followed by a glossary of orchid genera with information on the culture of each.
Chapter 2 covers "Lithophytes: Growing Orchids on Rocks and Walls" and Chapter 3 "Terrestrials: Growing Orchids in the Ground." Each chapter follows the same format as the first.
Other chapters cover such topics as pests, species or hybrids?, designing gardens on large properties, suburban gardening, and courtyard and balcony gardens. The last section of the book covers growing orchids in containers. A chart of recommended orchids shows name, type, region, main color, flowering season, fragrance and brief comments.