and Ulrich Baensch have been married since 1967. They are not only
bound by their marriage, but also by their common work with the
bromeliads. The result of this successful co-operation has been
made obvious by this book.
Ulrich Baensch has been an enthusiastic aquarist and plant lover
since childhood. As a graduated scientist in natural history he
initially did research in genetics and plant cultivation at scientific
institutes, and later became an independent breeder of vegetable
seeds and ornamental plants. The founding of TetraWerke in 1950
merely was a return to what he once considered a hobby - the aquaristic.
TetraMin subsequently became the most popular fish food worldwide.
In addition to the commercial success of the Tetra company, it also
brought Ulrich Baensch together with his wife, co-author Ursula
Baensch, who worked as his assistant in the research and development
In 1978, both were able to make a life-long dream come true for
themselves. After the management of the company was passed on to
a worthy successor, Ursula and Ulrich Baensch, together with their
son Frank-Ulrich, moved to the Bahamas. It was here that they established
their garden "Tropic Beauty." Initially the garden comprised a vast
variety of exotic plants which were tended and cared for, but soon
a particular liking developed for one group of plants. Bromeliads
soon became more and more prominent in the garden.
During the past 12 years, "Tropic Beauty" has turned into a bromeliad
paradise in which Ursula and Ulrich Baensch live with and for their
plants. Besides the cultivation and breeding, both have dedicated
themselves to plant photography. Their vast experience in both has
resulted in a documentary book where brilliant color photographs
are combined with authoritative information.
I like this book. The enormous number of illustrated species and
hybrids is indeed remarkable. Both authors can be very proud of
this grand work.
Dr. Elvira Groß, Botanist, Heidelberg