The Orchid Hunter

A young botanist's search for happiness

by Leif Bersweden

  • Published: 12 Apr 2018
  • Price: 8.99
  • Format: B Format Paperback
  • Extent: 352p
  • ISBN: 9781780723525
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In the summer after leaving school, a young botanist sets out to fulfil a childhood dream –­ to find every species of orchid native to the British Isles.

He has just a few months to complete his quest – no one has ever done before within one growing season – and it will require ingenuity, stamina and a large dose of luck. As he battles the vagaries of the British climate, feverishly chasing each emerging bloom, Leif Bersweden takes the reader on a remarkable botanical journey.

This study of the 52 native species is a fantastic gateway into the compendious world of orchids, and one that will open your eyes to the rare hidden delights to be found on our doorstep.


Includes an essential guide to finding all 52 British orchids

“"Delightfully nerdy"”
Gardens Illustrated
“"Vivid and entertaining"”
Daily Mail
“"Sets the bar high for originality"”

About Leif Bersweden

Leif Bersweden was born in 1994 and grew up as a botanist in rural Wiltshire. He graduated with a degree in Biology from Oxford and is currently a PhD student at Kew Gardens. Leif is a published author and an accomplished botanical tutor, running plant identification training courses for The Species Recovery Trust. In a world where an interest in botany is becoming increasingly rare, he wants to help put plants back on the map and is endeavouring to do this through his teaching, research and publications.