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

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Pantheon Books, 2000 - Nursery growers - 272 pages
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A seductive journey into the obsessive, outrageous, and mesmerizing world of orchids.
From the steaming jungles of Borneo to the hallowed hallways of Kew Gardens, from the clandestine orchid nurseries of Europe to the peat bogs of northern Minnesota, here are luscious, sexy flowers, orchid smugglers, fist-fighting botanists, moths with twelve-inch-long tongues, and government officials who raid orchid nurseries with attack dogs and automatic weapons. Strange tales of insect pollinator fidelity, the orchid ice cream makers of eastern Turkey, and man-crushing killer orchids weighing half a ton are blended with stories about a wide range of gentle people whose passion in life is the creation of scented, fragile flowers.
Eric Hansen spent seven years exploring the far corners of the earth -- marveling at flowers of uncommon beauty, studying the history of the orchid trade, and grappling with the vicious, bizarre, and petty world of plant politics that sometimes makes it impossible to protect endangered species. Hansen brings to life the colorful flowers and the even more colorful people who are attracted to them, as he illuminates a funny, weird, and poignant world of horticultural passion and pathos.

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Just gotta love Hansen's writing!! - Goodreads
Insight into the social arena of orchid obsessives. - Goodreads
Hilariously funny and extremely educational. - Goodreads
My only complaint is the lack of an ending. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

This is the third book in my personal library central to flowers that has been described as "written like a thriller novel". Despite being about plants, and the wonderous loonies who keep them, it ... Read full review

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

User Review  - itpdx - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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Chapter 9
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Chapter 10
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About the author (2000)

Eric Hansen now lives in San Francisco, but over the last twenty-five years he has traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Nepal, and Southeast Asia. His articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Travel and Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, Natural History Magazine, GEO, and Amica. He is also the author of two highly acclaimed books: Stranger in the Forest and Motoring with Mohammed (available in paperback from Vintage Books). He can be reached at ekhansen@ix.netcom.com.

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