This picture-packed publication chronicles the development of all the
major lines of cattleya orchid hybrids in the USA, and explores the
contributions of important species to those hybrids. Based on extensive
interviews of prominent hybridizers and commercial growers, scientific
articles, orchid trade magazines, and by the author's 30+ years of
experience growing orchids, this book explains the approach used by
American hybridizers during the 20th Century.
is oriented toward all those with an interest in the "Queen of Orchids". Written by a professor of biology
(and orchid fanatic), it is targeted toward the hobbyist in
non-technical language, it contains chapters on species that form the
basis of modern hybrids, hybridizing strategies, inheritance in
cattleyas, culture, exhibiting and judging different hybrid
lines, and a glimpse at the many nurseries and individuals that
contributed to the rich history of cattleya growing in America. The book
follows the development of the major hybrid lines in the Cattleya
Alliance, from the foundation species to prominent clones in the
background of today’s award winners. The story is pictorially
illustrated in a 76 page, stand-alone, color gallery containing 362
photographs. Some of these photographs are over 50 years old while
others show the modern culmination of generations of hybridization
captured by the latest digital technology. The book is 9" x
"I truly enjoyed reading it [The Book]. I’m old enough
to remember when an orchid corsage was still truly something special,
yet not altogether common. Your text makes it
clear why and how cattleyas were so important to so many people
and you explain who did the work to make them available and beautiful."
Mr. Neal Maillet, Executive Editor Timber Press.
"I had a marvelous time reading over your book. I
think it is a wonderful book full of interesting historical information
I was unaware of. I feel that I understand
Cattleya hybridization a lot better after reading your book and I
bet it will become a classic reference." -
William P. Rogerson, AOS judge and recipient of many AOS Awards.
"For anyone that grows orchids, cattleyas or not, your
book will be a must have, if only to be
able to read about the mastery and dedication of the masters
[hybridizers]. You have done a fantastic job and I personally cherish
the additional personal information that you have provided about people
that I have had the pleasure to know and respect." - Mr. Fred Misbach,
Atlanta, Georgia, Expert Cattleya grower and recipient of many AOS
"I’m tremendously well impressed with your work!
the most thoroughly done material on this subject I’ve ever seen.
can’t wait to get a copy of your finished book." - Mr. Ed Horton,
Englewood, CO, noted hybridizer of splash-petaled cattleyas after
reviewing a part of the book dealing with splash-petaled or clown-type
"a real page-turner. He includes first-rate chapters on culture, orchid genetics, hybridizing strategies, and the history of the orchid industry in the United States. The text is illustrated with 362 stunning color photographs; many of these are of historic clones and hybrids that I have never seen pictured before....a classic reference for the hobbyist and commercial grower alike." -WILLIAM P. ROGERSON In: Orchid DigestA Limited number of the hard-covered edition are still available at $56.95, plus shipping. The Soft Cover edition is available for $39.95, plus shipping.