Below is the list of the books in our library. The library is stored at member’s houses.
Angraecoid Orchis – Species from the African Region. By Stewart, Hermans and Campbell.
Botanica’s Pocket Orchids; 2002
Pocket guide to over 1,200 species and orchid hybrids. Culture information is given for each genus. Book includes specific information about orchid origin, flower and plant appearance, and flowering time for each species. A large color photo of orchid flowers also accompanies each species. This book is a great resource!
Dendrobium and its Relatives
By Lavarack, Harris, and Stocker. Self explanatory.
Flora’s Orchids, By Ned Nash and Isobyl la Croix; 2005
Wonderful reference book covers over 1,500 species and orchid hybrids. Culture information is given for each genus. Includes specific information about orchid origin, flower and plant appearance, culture and flowering time for each species. A large color photo of orchid flowers also accompanies each species. This book is a great resource! Every orchid grower should look at this book!
Growing orchids – The Complete Practical Guide to Orchids and Their Cultivation
By Brian and Wilma Rittershausen. Good thorough book. Covers history, botany, growing in various conditions, cultivation. Instructional and beautiful pictures, orchid directory.
By Brian and Wilma Rittershausen. Descriptions and cultivation in categories by “easy”. “fairly easy”, and “needs care”. Has large beautiful pictures!
By Thomas J. Sheehan. Covers classification, care, profiles and photos of 350 varieties. Includes sections about orchid shows and awards, collectibles.
Orchids, A Care Manual
By Brian and Sara Rittershausen; 2000
This is a nice introductory book to growing orchids filled with very large color photographs. Includes information about the orchid families, basic care, potting, propagation, pests and diseases, and popular orchid plants.
Orchid Basics – A Step-by-Step Guide to growing and General Care
By Isobyl la Croix. Includes sections about orchids for cool, warm, intermediate, and alpine greenhouses.
Orchids in Colour
By Brian and Wilma Rittershausen. Descriptions and cultivation for many hybrids and species with color photos.
A novel by Eric Hansen. Described on the jacket as a “horticultural tale of love, lust, and lunacy”.
Illustrated By Brian and Wilma Rittershausen. Covers orchid parts, growing equipment, potting and propagation, the art of orchid growing, and index of plants.
Orchid Pests and Diseases, AOS Guide
Edited by James Watson; 2002
In depth look at what is ailing your orchids with chapters featuring: physiological disorders of orchids, biological control of insects and mites, pesticide selection, application, and storage, orchid pests, diseases caused by bacteria and fungi, viruses and their control, and resources. Helpful identification photos are scattered throughout the book. Gives both chemical and organic control advice for use in greenhouses, outdoors, and indoors. This is a very helpful resource!
Orchid Photography, AOS Guide
By Charles Marden Fitch; 1995
Guide goes into depth of photographing orchids with film cameras. Although many people are using digital cameras these days, the book is still valuable for describing orchid photo composition and proper staging. It also discusses the light necessary for proper photography of orchids.
Phalaenopsis – A Monograph
By Eric Christenson. Includes sections on history, morphology, cultivation, subgenus descriptions, diagrams and pictures.
The Genus Phalaenopsis
By Herman R Sweet PhD. Very detailed phal descriptions and drawings.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids, Edited by Alec Pridgeon; 1992
Over 1100 species illustrated and identified. A comprehensive reference book including almost 300 genus and 1100 species of orchids. This book contains detailed origin and appearance information for each species including a color photo, but lacks exact culture for each species. Great reference book!The International Book of Orchids By P. Francis Hunter. Reviews the nature of orchids, how and where to grow, the orchid trade, descriptions and photos of major groups.
The Manual of Cultivated Orchid Species, By Bechtel, Cribb, and Launert; 1992
Comprehensive taxonomic orchid guide for 140 genera of orchids. Orchid textbook, including scientific drawings of labeled flower and plant parts for each species. Description of flowers and plant, distribution, derivation of name, taxonomy, and culture given for each species. Color photo plates are located in the middle of the book for some species.The Orchid, By P. Francis Hunt; 1978
Not much information given, and older book, but includes full size photos on every page. Great for just browsing all of the huge color photos of orchids
The Orchids – Natural History and Classification
By Robert Dressler. Covers structure, ecology, evolution, and classification, and has a few pictures (plate style).
The Orchids of Maine, By Jean Wallace Cameron; 1976
Field guide to native orchids in the state of Maine. Book offers identification of orchids through a dichotomous key and line drawings. Descriptions of each species include the origin of the orchid name, habitat, flowering time, and flower and plant appearance. Locations are listed for where the orchids have been seen around the state.
The Orchid Thief
A novel by Susan Orlean about the passion of orchid collecting.
Royal Horticultural Society Manual of Orchids
Eds. Stewart and Griffiths. Orchids A-Z with excessive detail, black and white drawings.
Slipper Orchids of Borneo, By Phillip Cribb; 1997
An in depth look at Paphiopedilum orchids in Borneo. Chapters include: Introduction, The Slipper Orchid, The History of Discovery in Borneo, Ecology, Life History, Pollination, Conservation, Classification, The species, and Are there more Slipper orchids to be found in Borneo? Large and colorful photographs and illustrations are found throughout the book.
Taylor’s Guide to Orchids, By Judy White; 1996
Pocket guide to over 300 orchids. Beginning includes information about getting started with growing orchids: pots, potting material, light, blooming factors, water, fertilizer, repotting, pests and diseases. Culture information is given for most common genus and some species are listed with color photographs.
Tropical Slipper Orchids – Paphiopedilum and Phragmipedium Species and Hybrids
By Harold Koopowitz.
Understanding orchids – An Uncomplicated Guide to growing the World’s Most Exotic Plants
By William Cullina. Includes environment, care and feeding, reproduction, genera from A to Z, good care details.
By Thomas J. Sheehan.
Covers classification, care, profiles and photos of 350 varieties. Includes sections about orchid shows and awards, collectibles.
Wild Orchids Across North America, A Botanical Travelogue, By Philip Keenen; 1998
Vivid narrative describing native orchids and their habitat around the United States and Canada. This book is broken up into sections: Alaska, Canada, New England, Mid Atlantic and Midwest, Southeast, Western states, Botanist’s Notebook. Large color photographs are found throughout the book.
Wild Orchids of the Northeastern United States: A Field Guide, By Paul Brown, 1997
Field guide to native orchids around the northeast. Dichotomous key for identification of orchids. Information includes scientific and common name, range, habitat, blooming time, size, prevalence, brief description, and line drawings. Color photographs are included for some species.
Your First Orchid, AOS Guide By Steven Batchelor; 2001
Introductory manual to growing orchids with chapters giving basics for light and temperature requirements, watering, fertilizing, repotting, troubleshooting, pests, diseases, and very brief genus descriptions.
Issues of Orchid Digest and AOS Orchid Magazines are also available to read.