This is a gorgeous full-color book that is perfect for beginners. The color photos and illustrations also make this a good book to leave on the coffee table.
What you will get:
1) how to select healthy orchids and where to buy them (and orchid scams to look out for)
2) orchid anatomy
3) summary of potting mediums and types of pots
4)mounting vs. potting
5) care for the most popular orchids
6) "must have" supplies for starting your orchid plant
7) tips for decorating with orchids
8) how to pot/re-pot orchids
what it doesn't have/ what would have helped the book be more "all inclusive":
1) specific instructions for differentiating between healthy roots versus dead roots for various genera of orchids when you are potting new orchids. Most times, whether your first orchid is a moth orchid from Trader Joe or an expensive Paphiopedilum (Lady's Slipper)from a specialized nursery, you will likely have to cut away dead rots when you bring them home and need to pot them. Rogers doesn't go into this "delicate orchid surgery"
2) orchid triage on sick orchids including techniques like "sphag" and bag--he does mention this technique for getting moisture to orchids that are drying out---but didn't mention that you can also do this for "dying" orchids (where you need to severely cut back roots to stop root rot and need to root it in spahagnum moss after having dipped the remaining roots in root hormone, you "bag" it to increase moisture until the orchid stabilizes)
3) provides only a few types of potting medium: fir or redwood, orchid bark, perlite blend, sphagnum moss. I also wouldn't recommend using just sphagnum moss unless you have your orchid in an air basket with alot of holes for aeration--and even then I'd still add medium he has not mentioned like coconut husk, charcoal, clay balls, oyster shells, etc.
4) how to divide up bulbs when you get an overcrowded pot and need to divide up your orchid into two pots before root rot sets in from crowding--and an approach that will give your orchids a fighting chance once you've split the bulbs.
5) how to water mounted orchids and how frequently to water the mounted orchids
6) other ideas to retain moisture, especially for those living in apartments in cities like NYC where we may get sun but definitely do not have moisture in the winter
New techniques I learned due to reading this book:
1) diy bionic root for rootless plants
2) travel tips (bathtub tip for when you're away from home for three to 15 days)
3) monopodial versus sympodials; care and how to identify and nurture new growth
4) how to treat and re-use "found" bark (ie: redwood and other bark I find lying in the woods)
5) "shock therapy" to force bloom from healthy orchids that have not bloomed in years
6) how to shape your Phalaenopsis's arch
Loved the detailed guidance on caring for the 12 most popular orchids. He also covers the technique for encouraging new growth on a Phalaenopsis branch by cutting at a flower node which generates either a new branch or a keiki (baby plant which can be cut and potted)---but he doesn't mention rooting hormone although . Most of my "beginner's orchids" are zygopetalums (zygos were not part of the top 12 so I didn't get Zygo-specific information), modern and mini Cymbidums, and a Lycaste--and generally lean toward cold-tolerant orchids.
He also makes it sound so easy to grow Vandas, Lady's Slippers and Cattleyas but this book will only provide basic knowledge---you will need supplementary books, youtube videos, blogs, and orchid forums for new techniques and ways to grow or pot orchids.