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World’s Largest Indoor Collection of Cacti and Succulents Assembled by Tucson Resident Don Vitko

“Hens and Chicks, The Vitko Collection” is a new book featuring the cacti and succulent collection of Don Vitko, who donated this 6,500 plant collection to the International Peace Garden in 2009.

Memories Forever Fine Art

Tucson,Arizona (PR MediaRelease) April 28, 2017

“Hens and Chicks, The Vitko Collection” shares the inspiring story of a boy from North Dakota, who started with a packet of seeds and eventually ends up with a world class collection of more than 4,000 different species and 6,500 plants. It is the largest private indoor collection in the world. The book contains more than 220 images showcasing the beauty and unique symmetry of the plants, along with many rare plants that most collectors have only heard of.

In 2015, Fargo North Dakota photographer Kari Barchenger made her first visit to the International Peace Garden, located on the North Dakota and Canadian border.  After publishing her first book, “International Peace Garden, Promise of Peace”, Barchenger turned her camera to the collection of cacti and succulents found in the most unlikely place in North America. After hearing snippets of the origin of the collection, Barchenger then set out to learn more about this amazing collection and the gentleman behind it. She also found that others were interested in the history of the collection and decided to publish a book.

The book is also meant to be a learning tool containing information on the anatomy of the plants, everyday uses and fun facts. Written for the casual reader, it will be a great resource for all ages and includes a section on how to care for succulents written by Dan Bach of Bach’s Cactus Nursery, a premiere seed grower from Tucson Arizona with over 50 years in the nursery business.

Kari Barchenger is a Fine art photographer who began her career more 30 years ago with Gift Creations Concepts who produced high-end advertising for the gift ware industry. In 1998, she opened a full service portrait studio in Fargo North Dakota and for the next 18 years has photographed families, children, weddings and corporate portraits. Her first published collection is the “International Peace Garden, Promise of Peace” published in 2016. The publication of “Hens and Chicks” brings the recognition of her fine art photography to a new level.

Kari Barchenger
Memories Forever Photography LLC
Fine Art Photographer

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