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The South Carolina Orchid Society


To help inform members about orchids and their culture, the SCOS has a library of books, periodicals, videos and other orchid resources available members. Donations of resource materials supplement those purchased by the society.

The collection is maintained by and housed with the Librarian, Stan Hutto. Library items are available to all society members upon request. To request an item please email the Librarian two days prior to the Meeting and the item will be brought to the next meeting. The book will be due by the next meeting. We ask that you return the items promptly so they may be available to others in a timely manner. Since many of the books and the Awards Quarterly are currently out of print, expensive and difficult to replace; certain items may be available for viewing only at meetings. For all others -- Check them out! If you know of good books not in our archives, please tell the librarian about them or make a tax-deductible contribution to the Society.

List of Library Resources available to members of the South Carolina Orchid Society.

We now have a complete set of the AOS's Awards Quarterly. This is the publication that announces the results of all of the AOS judging centers. This is an invaluable reference whether your interest is in the newest hybrids or most obscure species. Later years contain many color photographs of exquisite quality.


When I first started growing orchids nearly 30 years ago, several of the society's experienced growers took me under their wings and taught me about orchids. The best advice I received was to find out as much imformation as possible about the plants I wanted to grow and "Read! Read! Read!" In those days resources were limited to books, articles in magazines like the AOS Bulletin, and the society's members. I have always taken that advice to heart and have a substancial, personal orchid library that I have amassed through the years. I read from that library almost daily. The South Carolina Orchid Society has a library with many excellent, hard to find books available to the membership. I know the internet provides a wealth of information at our fingertips, but there is also a wealth of information and potential knowledge available in the society's library. I encourage all members to take advantage of this valuable resource.


Here are a few examples of books available in the Library:

  • The Genus Paphiopedilum; Cribb
    An excellent reference book, very useful to identification and also giving general growing hybridization, and conservation information. Very high quality photographs and color illustrations.
  • Home Orchid Growing; Northern
    Whether your garden is a windowsill, a basement, a greenhouse, or a plot of land, Home Orchid Growing is the only reference book you will ever need to cultivate one of nature's most varied and fascinating plants. In the past forty years, it has become the best-known and most authoritative work in its field, and even gardeners who still have an original copy of this classic work will find much to inspire and delight them.
    For the neophyte, there are explanations of the fundamentals of plant structure and function, plus basic care instructions. For those who have already mastered the fundamentals, Home Orchid Growing provides detailed instructions on: Growing with artificial light; Genetics and hybridization; Seed germination and seedlings; Cloning (micro-propagation); Control of flowering; and Dealing with pests and diseases.
  • The Manual of Cultivated Orchid Species; Bechtel et al.; MIT Press, 1985
    A general introduction containing details of morphology, ecology, life histories, classification, nomenclature, conservation and a fascinating history of the orchid in cultivation, is followed by a detailed analysis of nearly 400 genera found in cultivation. For each genus distinguishing features are given, plus native location, a history of its taxonomy, derivations of name, and notes of its requirements in cultivation.
  • Orchids: The Pictorial Encyclopedia Of Oncidium; Zelenko, 2003
    Orchids: The Pictorial Encyclopedia of Oncidium is an important addition to any library, and persons interested in orchids will want this comprehensive volume. It is the only book devoted exclusively to the Oncidium alliance that shows plants and flowers meticulously painted to actual size in color from living orchids by expert botanical illustrators. Definitive essays for each of the sections have been written by renowned experts on Oncidium. The book has been edited by Mark W. Chase, one of the world’s top authorities on this group of orchids.

    The remarkable orchids of the Oncidium alliance are among the world’s showiest and most popular orchids. Native to the Americas, most grow from sea level up to 12,000 feet on trees as epiphytes, although some grow terrestrially. The many hybrids of Oncidium have contributed to their popularity. Often seen in home-design magazines, those little yellow flowers have become recognizable to the general public, but there are many magnificent species that are not so well known in the Oncidium Alliance. It is these, as well as the better known species, that are the subject of this book. There are more than 850 plants and flowers meticulously painted by a group of expert botanical illustrators. Many new species have been added since the original edition, and many more species names are given. The book includes the latest taxonomy based on botanical DNA as well as essays by orchid experts with specialized knowledge of each group in the Oncidium alliance. Included is a DNA "tree" that shows the relationship of the species, plus a comprehensive bibliography and a functional index.
  • The Orchid Thief; Orleans
    The Orchid Thief centers on south Florida and John Laroche, a quixotic, 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 Polyrrhiza lindenii. Laroche sums up the obsession that drives him and so many others:
  • Orchids of Africa; Stewart and Hennessey
    Author Joyce Stewart and artist Esmé Hennesy, worldwide well-known botanists published this wonderful book on African orchids in 1981. Part 1 contains review of the African orchids south of the Sahara, including descriptions of the kinds of plants and flowers, their structure and habits, and the first complete list of the currently recognized genera. In part 2, 50 selected species are illustrated by Hennessey’s detailed paintings in full color, while Stewart's text describe them botanically and discusses their origins, habitat and introduction to cultivation.

To request a book please email Stan Hutto, the Librarian at