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Leif Bersweden - The Orchid Hunter


On one of the strangest pre-university gap years you've ever heard of, Leif Bersweden spent the summer of 2013 hunting down all 52 species of wild orchid native to Britain and Ireland. He introduces his book, The Orchid Hunter, which tells the personal tale of this summer long quest. As he travels all over the country, from the shores of the Channel Islands to the grassy pastures of the Brecon Beacons, from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne to the wind-swept coasts of the Outer Hebrides, Leif teaches us about some of our most extraordinary native plants, the history of orchid hunting in Britain as well as sharing stories of his childhood growing up to love plants.

As Alys Fowler, writing for Gardens Illustrated, puts it, 'Bersweden is everything you'd expect from a young man on the cusp of adulthood: enthusiastic, impatient, competitive, naïve, joyful and delightfully nerdy'.


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