The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

As Heard on The Daily Gardener Podcast:

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Straight from the Des Moines Botanic Garden - hosting their first-ever Botanical Book Club today on May 1st, they will discuss “The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession” by Susan Orlean.

It's a fascinating story - why would someone steal orchids?The Orchid Thief is based on Orlean's investigation of the 1994 arrest of John Laroche ("La Rōsh")  and a group of Seminoles in south Florida for poaching rare orchids in the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. The book is based on an article that Orlean wrote for The New Yorker, published in the magazine's January 23, 1995 issue. Plant dealer Laroche was determined to find and clone the rare ghost orchid for profit. 
 
 

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