No other group of flowers captures the imagination like orchids. Found worldwide in nature, and grown by hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts, ... Show synopsis No other group of flowers captures the imagination like orchids. Found worldwide in nature, and grown by hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts, orchids have lured explorers into remote lands, inspired philosophers and artists and provided raw material for big business, plant breeders and gardeners of every kind. Created in association with the Smithsonian Institution, the American Orchid Society and international orchid experts, this guide presents a cross-section of the orchid world. The authoriatative text contains facts and details on all the major orchid groups. Beginners and enthusiasts alike should find the information useful and inspiring. In addition to profiles of more than 350 orchid varieties, the book also includes sections on orchids in history; what makes a flower an orchid; how orchids are classified; conserving orchids in the wild; cultivating orchids at home; orchid shows and awards; and orchid collectables.