American Orchid Society
If you really get hooked on orchids, the American Orchid Society is a resource for educational events and meetings, orchid shows, and a monthly full-color magazine, Orchids. A $60 individual membership includes 12 issues of the magazine, a blooming-size plant, and other discounts and benefits.
Like icing on the cake, some orchids are fragrant, and Steve Frowine's Fragrant Orchids (Timber Press, 2005; $29.95) profiles more than 300 varieties of them. The first part of the book discusses the language of scent and the basics of buying and growing orchids. The rest of the book is devoted to detailed growing information about each featured orchid, with color photos and descriptions of fragrance. Charts listing orchids by ease of culture, light preferences, nighttime temperature requirements, intensity of fragrance, and season of bloom ease the decision about which orchid to bring home.