A unique illustrated book about growing native orchids giving a step by step guide to every planting situation.From this book, you will learn how to cherish these remarkable flowers and help them flourish in their natural habitat: * Which species of orchids will work in their garden and what companion plants to grow next to them * How to grow orchids from seed or in a container * How to start an orchid meadow or add orchids to an orchard & Preserving and promoting local ecosystems
Review: This excellent book has inspired me to establish some native orchids in my patch. The authors make failure sound difficult. Highly accessible, encouraging, beautifully illustrated and eminently readable. Bunny Guinness, Gardener’s Question Time A beautifully produced book with charming illustrations and images of our native orchids. It is sure to encourage more gardeners to propagate these threatened plants. – Dr Nick Owens, author of `The Bees of Norfolk’ A must for orchid growers. — Graeme Kay, BSBI county recorder Every page a delight, easy to read and beautifully illustrated with photographs, paintings and drawings. Designed to be ‘dipped into’ for information and practical advice or just become enthralled with our exquisite native orchids. — Margaret Howells, Gardener and part-time lecturer in Biology,Prifysgol Aberytwyth University We don’t usually consider orchids as garden plants, but perhaps we should. With historical notes on orchid collection and decline, a discussion of orchid biology and neat descriptions of the species and their suitability for cultivation, this fascinating book makes the idea of filling the garden with unexpected and beautiful orchids seem eminently achievable. — Naomi Slade, author of “The Snowdrop” A beautifully produced book with charming illustrations and images of our native orchids. It is sure to encourage more gardeners to propagate these threatened plants — Dr Nick Owens, author of `The Bees of Norfolk’ A great guide that shows how, with a little preparation, beautiful native orchids can be grown by anyone, in a range of garden settings, helping to conserve species under threat in the wild. — Ian and Teresa Moss, Rare Plant Fairs This excellent book has inspired me to establish some native orchids in my patch – the authors make failure sound difficult. Highly accessible, encouraging, beautifully illustrated and eminently readable. — Bunny Guinness, Gardener’s Question Time An easy-to-read, practical guide to growing native orchids and a compelling call to action for British gardeners to help save our threatened species. — Mandy Bradshaw, gardening journalist and blogger.
Author Biography: Wilson Wall is the Director of Bewdley Orchids, provider of native British orchids for individuals and groups to grow in their garden or meadow. Elected Fellow of the Institute of Biology (now the Royal Society of Biology) and Chartered Biologist, Wilson has a PhD in genetics and a long interest in growing orchids from seed. He has written several books before, of both single and joint authorship and was editor of The Clematis, journal of the British Clematis Society. Born and raised in Solihull, David took a degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Lancaster, an experience that saw his interest switch from zoology to botany. He moved to Nottingham University to do a PhD in plant physiology. He had done postdoctoral research in the same field, including a period in New Zealand looking at practical applications of botany in horticulture.
A love affair with orchids
The structure and life cycle of native orchids
Native orchids suitable for cultivation
Cultivation Growing orchids in your garden: the basics
Raising plants from seed
Pests and diseases
Creating a garden meadow
An orchid orchard or garden glade
Orchids in rockeries or damp ground
Repopulating wild areas