Orchid Muse: A History of Obsession in Fifteen Flowers

Orchid Muse: A History of Obsession in Fifteen Flowers

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Delve into the captivating world of nature's most alluring flower and the profound impact it has had on art, adventure, and science. From daring plant collectors to powerful rulers to passionate artists, orchids have fascinated and enchanted people throughout history. Orchid Muse by historian and home grower Erica Hannickel is a must-read for anyone entranced by these extraordinary blooms, as she shares stories from around the world and provides expert tips on cultivating them. Step into the lives of Empress Eugenie and Queen Victoria, who both shared a love for Cologne cristata, and John Roebling, the mastermind behind the Brooklyn Bridge who also grew thousands of orchids. Learn about Edmond Albius, an enslaved youth who revolutionized the vanilla industry, and the enduring beauty of orchids in the works of artists like Frida Kahlo and Margaret Mee. From empresses to dime museum visitors, Orchid Muse is a journey through history that will leave you captivated.

Authored by Erica Hannickel


320 pages 

Measurements: 6.5 x 9.6 inches 

Published by W. W. Norton & Company (December 20, 2022)