Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2001
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Pacific Orchid Exposition
The 49th Annual Pacific Orchid Show and Plant Sale takes place February 23-25 at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. This year's show is called 2001: An Orchid Odyssey. It features orchids to look at and orchids to buy. If you are a fan of this amazing plant, mark your calendar. For more information, call (415) 665-2468 or visit the Web site at Pacific Orchid Show

Books

The Orchid Thief
The Orchid Thief, by Susan Orlean (Random House, 1999; $20), is the story of a writer following a lead about orchids being stolen from government property. It takes place in contemporary Florida but reaches back into history with captivating details about the passion of cultivating the mysterious orchid plant. I was fascinated by the fact that orchid hunters of old would completely denude an area to prevent other hunters from finding any plants at the site. This novel provides an in-depth look at the history of orchid cultivation and much more. It delves into the hidden recesses of human passion and desire. I found it an exhilarating read, full of facts and just enough fancy to make it exciting.

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