Richard Rudgley: Plant obsessions, 15 July 1999
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Heinemann, 348 pp., £12.99, April 1999, 0 434 00783 8Show More
The Tulip by Anna Pavord.
Bloomsbury, 438 pp., £30, January 1999, 0 7475 4296 1Show More
Plants of Life, Plants of Death by Frederick Simoons.
Wisconsin, 568 pp., £27.95, September 1998, 0 299 15904 3Show More
“... explore the nature of this more subtle relationship between the vegetable kingdom and ourselves. Susan Orlean approaches the shadowy world of orchid fanatics in Florida as an outsider, but one mindful of the inherent danger in her attempt to understand the nature of obsession. She is quick to pass on orchids given to her by addicts in case ...”