The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession

❮PDF❯ ❤ The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession (English Edition) Author Susan Orlean – Lisa-grunwald.co Orchidelirium is the name the Victorians gave to the flower madness that is for botanical collectors the euivalent of gold fever Wealthy orchid fanatics of that era sent explorers heavily armedto prot❮PDF❯ ❤ The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession (English Edition) Author Susan Orlean – Lisa-grunwald.co Orchidelirium is the name the Victorians gave to the flower madness that is for botanical collectors the euivalent of gold fever Wealthy orchid fanatics of that era sent explorers heavily armedto prot Orchidelirium is Thief: A PDF/EPUB è the name the Victorians gave to the flower madness that is for botanical collectors the euivalent of gold fever Wealthy orchid fanatics of that era sent explorers heavily armedto protect themselves against other orchid seekers than against hostile natives or wild animals to unmapped territories in search of new varieties of Cattleya and Paphiopedilum As knowledge of the family Orchidaceae grew to encompass the currentlythan species and over hybrids orchidelirium might have been expected to go the way of Dutch The Orchid eBook ↠ tulip mania Yet as journalist Susan Orlean found out there Orchid Thief: A True Story eBook ↠ still exists a vein of orchid madness strong enough to inspire larceny among collectors The Orchid Thief centers on south Florida and John Laroche a uixotic charismatic schemer once convicted of attempting to take endangered orchids from the Fakahatchee swamp a state preserve Laroche a horticultural consultant who once ran an extensive nursery for the Seminole tribe dreams of making a fortune for the Seminoles and himself by cloning the rare ghost orchid Orchid Thief: A Kindle ´ Polyrrhiza lindenii Laroche sums up the obsession that drives him and so many others I really have to watch myself especially around plants Even now just being here I still get that collector feeling You know what I mean I ll see something and then suddenly I get that feeling It s like I can t just have something I have to have it and learn about it and grow it and sell it and master it and have a million of it Orchid Thief: A True Story eBook ↠ Even Orlean so leery of orchid fever that she immediately gives away any plant that s pressed upon her by the growers in Laroche s circle develops a desire to see a ghost orchid blooming and makes several ultimately unsuccessful treks into the Fakahatchee Filled with Palm Beach socialites Native Americans English peers smugglers and naturalists as improbably colorful as the tropical blossoms that inspire them this is a lyrical funny addictively entertaining read Barrie TrinkleJohn Laroche is a tall guy skinny as a stick pale eyed slouch shouldered and sharply handsome in spite of the fact that he is missing all his front teeth He has the posture of al dente spaghetti and the nervous intensity of someone who plays a lot of video games Laroche is thirty six years old Until recently he was employed by the Seminole Tribe of Florida setting up a plant nursery and an orchid propagation laboratory on the tribe s reservation in Hollywood Florida Laroche strikes many people as eccentric The Seminoles for instance have two nicknames for him Troublemaker and Crazy White Man Once when Laroche was telling me about his childhood he remarked Boy I sure was a weird little kid For as long as he can remember he has been exceptionally passionate and driven When he was about nine or ten his parents said he could pick out a pet He decided to get a little turtle Then he asked for tenlittle turtles Then he decided he wanted to breed the turtles and then he started selling turtles to other kids and then he could think of nothing but turtles and then decided that his life wasn t worth living unless he could collect one of every single turtle species known to mankind including one of those sofa sized tortoises from the Galapagos Then out of the blue he fell out of l.

Ove with turtles and fell madly in love with Ice Age fossils He collected them sold them declared that he lived for them then abandoned them for something else lapidary I think then he abandoned lapidary and became obsessed with collecting and resilvering old mirrors Laroche s passions arrived unannounced and ended explosively like car bombs When I first met him he lusted only for orchids especially the wild orchids growing in Florida s Fakahatchee Strand I spent most of the next two years hanging around with him and at the end of those two years he had gotten rid of every single orchid he owned and swore that he would never own another orchid for as long as he lived He is usually true to his word Years ago between his Ice Age fossils and his old mirrors he went through a tropical fish phase At its peak he hadthan sixty fish tanks in his house and went skin diving regularly to collect fish Then the end came He didn t gradually lose interest he renounced fish and vowed he would never again collect them and for that matter he would never set foot in the ocean again That was seventeen years ago He has lived his whole life only a couple of feet west of the Atlantic but he has not dipped a toe in it since then Laroche tends to sound like a Mr Encyclopedia but he did not have a rigorous formal education He went to public school in North Miami other than that he is self taught Once in a while he gets wistful about the life he thinks he would have led if he had applied himselfconventionally He believes he would have probably become a brain surgeon and that he would have made major brain research breakthroughs and become rich and famous Instead he lives in a frayed Florida bungalow with his father and has always scratched out a living in unaverage ways One of his greatest assets is optimism that is he sees a profitable outcome in practically every life situation including disastrous ones Years ago he spilled toxic pesticide into a cut on his hand and suffered permanent heart and liver damage from it In his opinion it was all for the best because he was able to sell an article about the experience Would You Die for Your Plants to a gardening journal When I first met him he was working on a guide to growing plants at home He told me he was going to advertise it in High Times the marijuana magazine He said the ad wouldn t mention that marijuana plants grown according to his guide would never mature and therefore never be psychoactive The guide was one of his all time favorite projects The way he saw it he was going to make lots of money on it always excellent plus he would be encouraging kids to grow plants very righteous plus the missing information in the guide would keep these kids from getting stoned because the plants they would grow would be impotent incalculably noble This last fact was the aspect of the project he was proudest of because he believed that once kids who bought the guide realized they d wasted their money trying to do something illegal namely grow and smoke pot they would also realize thanks to John Laroche that crime doesn t pay Schemes like these folding virtue and criminality around profit are Laroche s specialty Just when you have finally concluded that he is a run of the mill crook he unveils an ulterior and somewhat principled but always lucrative reason for his crookedness He likes to describe himself as a shrewd bastard He loves doing things the hard way especially if it means that he gets to do what he wants to do but also gets to leave everyone else wondering how he managed to get away with it He is uite an unusual person He is also the most moral amoral person I ve ever known I met John Laroche for the first time a few years ago at the Collier County Courthouse in Naples Florida I was in Florida at the time because I had read a newspaper article reporting that.

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The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession

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