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I. D. James
David Bateman

THIS is the fourth orchid book written by Auckland orchid guru I. D. (Jim) James, who was awarded a gold medal for his contribution to orchids at the 13th World Orchid Conference in Auckland in 1990. His background as a hybridiser, judge and orchid exhibitor comes through in this orchid guide for New Zealand gardeners.

Orchids are among the most stunning of all plants, and it's easy to be intimidated by the staggering number of species. Thankfully, Orchids sets out to offer practical, clear-cut advice about watering, light, temperature, pests, diseases and potting mediums to suit the types grown widely here.

Invaluable for orchid lovers, it includes plenty of helpful photographs for beginner orchid aficionados looking to identify their own plants and expand their knowledge.

Weekend Gardener, Issue 86, November 15-28, 2001, Page 31

Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH

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