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Re: [aroid-l] Orchid Hunter/Also looking for a copy of The tropical gardens of Burle Marx

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Orchid Hunter/Also looking for a copy of The tropical gardens of Burle Marx
  • From: "jeff rosenstiel" jjjj4@attbi.com
  • Date: Sat, 30 Nov 2002 16:25:42 -0600

Does anyone know if this show will be on again?
Also looking for a copy of Tropical Gardens of Burle Marx, I tryed ordering
from there site with no luck.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lowell McCormick" <LOWELLMCCORMICK@compuserve.com>
To: <Blind.Copy.Receiver@compuserve.com>
Sent: Friday, November 29, 2002 11:25 PM
Subject: [aroid-l] Orchid Hunter

> The narrator of Orchid Hunter delivered one of my pet peeves.  He
> distinctly said, "horticulturalist".  Alas, he is in good company; I've
> even heard people who work for the extension service say it.
> I found this show a bit of a disappointment also.
> Mary Elliott
> >> just finished watching the NOVA show on "orchid hunter."  somewhat
> disappointing, what did you all think?  i thought mr. hart-dyke came
> as a bit of a jerk.  now what's so disappointing is how shoddy the science
> knowledge of the producers came across.  for example, they seemed not to
> know
> the distinction between hybrids and species, as when they talked about
> naming
> orchids after mr. hart-dyke's grandmother (which would be a new species
> that
> he so desperately wanted to find) and orchids named after elizabeth taylor
> or
> barbara bush (hybrids, of course).  another one, the story about the
> explorers going to the philippines and one getting eaten by a tiger.  as
> far
> as i can find out, tigers never existed in the philippines.  i also felt
> that
> they kept throwing lots of generalities about orchids as if whatever they
> were saying applied to all orchids.  and when they were talking about the
> "sexiness" of orchids, they said that the word orchid comes from the greek
> word for testicle, but didn't explain why (the round bulbs of some
> terrestrial orchids - the genus Orchis - that resemble testicles).  and
> they
> totally glossed over the controversy over the naming of Phragmipedium
> kovachii.
> although the author susan orlean makes some interesting points, as her
> "orchid thief" shows, her science is quite weak.  even better would have
> been
> using eric hansen, whose "orchid fever" is a far superior book (although
> the
> two books are quite different in focus).  hansen is a much better
> journalist
> in my opinion.  maybe he wasn't available...
> i think that if i had the chance to go to some unexplored or little
> explored
> place, i'd love to do a survey of all plants, not just orchids.  even
> better,
> to be able to work to preserve such a place.
> tsuh yang CHEN in NY <<
>   E-mail from: Lowell McCormick, 29-Nov-2002

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