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The books in the Pinelands Orchid Society Library are available to all members for examination and/or checkout.

  1. Click here to send an email to the Society Librarian.
  2. List the titles you are interested in.
  3. The books will be delivered to the next chapter meeting.
It's that simple! All members are encouraged to take advantage of this excellent resource to increase their knowledge and enjoyment of orchids.

Introductory Orchid Books

Fanfani, Alberto and Walter Rossi. Simon & Schuster's Guide to Orchids. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1988.
Compact page size introduction with 250 beautiful color plates.
Fennell, T. A. Jr. Orchids for Home and Garden. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1959.
Excellent introductory text.
Kramer, Jack. Orchids for Your Home. New York: Cornerstone Library, 1974.
Introductory text. Includes a special section on 60 miniature orchids.
Skelsey, Alice. Orchids. Alexandria: Time-Life Books, 1978.
Beautifully illustrated and well-written.
Webber, Georgiana. Anyone for Orchids? Exton: Schiffer Limited, 1978.
An easy-to-read introductory text written in an informal style.
Williams, Brian. Orchids for Everyone. New York: Gallery Books, 1984.
Large, readable edition covering all aspects of orchid cultivation. Wonderful color plates.
Withner, Dr. Carl. A Book of Orchids. New York: Gallery Books, 1988.
A great introduction for beginners.

Growing Orchids

Blowers, John W. Pictorial Orchid Growing. Newbury: Wyld Court Orchids, 1971.
A comprehensive reference for the experienced grower. Hundreds of excellent photographs detail all aspects of orchid care and culture.
Eigeldinger, Otto and Lawrence Murphy. Orchids, A Complete Guide to Cultivation. New York: Drake Publishers Inc, 1972.
A total guide to cultivation of orchids. Worthy of your time.
Northen, Rebecca Tyson. Home Orchid Growing, Third Edition. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1970.
A comprehensive book for the serious grower. Arguably the best general orchid reference.
Northen, Rebecca Tyson. Miniature Orchids. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1980.
Contains cultural information on hundreds of miniature species.
Sander, David. Orchids and Their Cultivation. Dorset: Blandford Press, 1975.
Although dated this book gives very useful info on orchid care and cultivation. The first edition of this classic text was published in 1932!
Sessler, Gloria Jean. Orchids & How to Grow Them. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1978.
Complete detailed edition full of how-to's and information including exhibitions.

Orchids by Genus

Cribb, Phillip. The Genus Paphiopedilum. Portland: Timber Press, 1987.
Excellent reference with beautiful color plates.
Noble, Mary. You Can Grow Cattleya Orchids. Jacksonville: Mary Noble, 1968.
Very good for beginners. Although dated it gives the reader a foundation on which to build.
Noble, Mary. You Can Grow Phalaenopsis Orchids. Jacksonville: Mary Noble, 1971.
Very good for beginners. Although dated it gives the reader a foundation on which to build.

Orchids by Region

Bennett, Keith S. The Tropical Asiatic Slipper Orchids, Genus Paphiopedilum. North Ryde: Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1984.
Beautiful written description of the paphiopedilum.
Luer, Carlyle A. The Native Orchids of the United States and Canada Excluding Florida. New York: The New York Botanical Garden, 1975.
Excellent and comprehensive reference.
Luer, Carlyle A. The Native Orchids of Florida. New York: The New York Botanical Garden, 1972.
Excellent and comprehensive reference.

General Interest

Kramer, Jack. Orchids, Flowers of Romance and Mystery. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1979.
106 beautiful illustrations, including 61 plates in full color.
Levine, Adam and Ray Rogers. The Philadelphia Flower Show. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.
A behind-the-scenes tour of the Show with interviews and profiles of exhibitors, organizers, and designers.

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