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Orchid Muse

Nonfiction: Science
Unabridged   11 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/15/2022

Orchid Muse

A History of Obsession in Fifteen Flowers

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696609425


A kaleidoscopic journey into the world of nature’s most tantalizing flower, and the lives it has inspired.

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One of Literary Hub's Most Anticipated Books of 2022

A kaleidoscopic journey into the world of nature's most tantalizing flower, and the lives it has inspired.

The epitome of floral beauty, orchids have long fostered works of art, tales of adventure, and scientific discovery. Tenacious plant hunters have traversed continents to collect rare specimens; naturalists and shoguns have marveled at orchids' seductive architecture; royalty and the smart set have adorned themselves with their allure. In Orchid Muse, historian and home grower Erica Hannickel gathers these bold tales of the orchid-smitten throughout history, while providing tips on cultivating the extraordinary flowers she features.

The story of orchidomania is one that spans the globe, transporting listeners from the glories of the palace gardens of Chinese Empress Cixi to a seedy dime museum in Gilded Age New York's Tenderloin, from hazardous jungles to the greenhouses and bookshelves of Victorian collectors. Lush and inviting, Orchid Muse is the ultimate celebration of our enduring fascination with these beguiling flowers.


"Nicol Zanzarella's narration lends elegance and gravitas to the exquisite orchid plant, which has an impressive international history and continues to evoke the passions of an ever-growing fan club. . . . Whether or not one is an orchidist, this is a fascinating listen as orchid history sheds light on humankind's social evolution." —AudioFile

Author Bio

Erica Hannickel, a master gardener, is professor of environmental history at Northland College. The author of Orchid Muse: A History of Obsession in Fifteen Flowers and Empire of Vines: Wine Culture in America, she writes for Orchids magazine and blogs at orchidmuse.com. She lives in Wisconsin.