If you have ever been part of a special interest organization or a competitive flower show, you will laugh with recognition at these boisterous tales of the old days when newlywed New Yorkers Betty and Tom took on the world of orchid collection and showing with innocence and energy. You will enjoy Betsy West’s spirited illustrations, too.
Tom, in this tribute to Betty, lays out the perils and pleasures of lecturing to snorers and poisoners, foiling pollen purloiners, corsaging buxom matrons for the horse show, and blanketing caskets with lovely orchids for gangster funerals. He takes you along for tours beset by beauties, bores and boars, the challenge of keeping a behemoth boiler going to save the orchids from bitter cold, a wild escape from a wife swapper, and the ultimate heaven/hell experience managing thousands of raging and rabid orchid exhibitors at the “greatest flower show of all time.”
This is a story of the heights of Mother Nature and the ways of human nature. Aphid in My Eye is a total treat for anyone who has ever admired, seen, or attempted to grow an orchid.
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Betsy West lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.