Author: Alec Pridgeon
Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Timber Press (April 3, 2006)
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids is a good reference book and contains info on many rare species making it very suitable to bring with you when you visit orchid stores. The descriptions are associated with pictures of the species in question. You will be able to find most orchid species found in the trade in this book as it covers a large variety of species and genera.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Review
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids does contain info on 1100 different orchid species. Many of these species are rather uncommon in the trade making the inclusion of these orchids less valuable for the average orchid keeper. We feel that the inclusion of more info on hybrid orchids could have been more useful for the average orchid keeper. That does not mean that the book is bad, on the contrary it is very good but we still feel that it could have been spectacular without too much more effort. The book contains a lot of images which can be very helpful although the pictures are unfortunately in many cases too zoomed in giving you a view of how the individual flowers look rather than the flower spike as a whole. That said the pictures are usually stunning. All in all it is a very good book that I highly recommend to more experienced orchid keepers. You can read more about this and why I do not recommend it to beginners further down.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids is a good book for more advanced orchid keepers but is not the book we would recommend to someone just getting started in orchids. If you have a solid knowledge about how to care for different orchids than you will find the information provided in this book extremely helpful. If you on the other hand are looking for detailed care instructions on the orchids depicted than this book will disappoint you.
Where to buy The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids can be bought in most well stocked book stores as well as some flower stores and super markets. You can also buy the book online. I recommend Amazon (cheapest) or Barnes and Noble if you want to buy it online.