Orchid book winners!



Congratulations to Behind Closed Doors commenters Nandina and JimShy for winning the 2 orchid books.

They are Moth Orchids: The Complete Guide to Phalaenopsis, and Miniature Orchids, both by Steven A. Frowine. If you have ever received an orchid as a gift, most likely it was a phalaenopsis. These are unquestionably the easiest orchids to grow at home or even in the office; they are not quite as fussy about moisture and light as some of the other species. In Moth Orchids, Frowine introduces many new and gorgeous hybrids of phalaenopsis and shares every bit of knowledge he has about how to keep them alive and thriving, including information on light levels, potting, watering, feeding, trimming, and propagation.


The plants in Frowine’s Miniature Orchids range from two inches to twelve inches in height, so you can pack a lot more of them on a windowsill. I love the cover idea; an orchid growing in a delicate china teacup.

Frowine is a renowned orchid and tropical plant expert and has presided over several important collections, including the Missouri Botanic Gardens, where he managed over 10,000 orchids.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


  1. I have turned my back on orchids all these busy years knowing that I would become addicted if just one snuck into my life. When traveling I have visited wonderful orchid collections here and abroad saying…someday. Now retired I have no excuses. Am thrilled with this generous prize! Thanks, Elizabeth!

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