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The Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms Hardcover – 13 Mar 2017

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  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 01 edition (13 Mar. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452145768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452145761
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 2.9 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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'There s nothing quite like freshly-cut flowers on your kitchen table, but it can be a costly luxury. Save yourself a packet and impress your friends by planting, harvesting and arranging your own blooms in 2017.' Living North website

'you can teach yourself flower arranging before your wedding and in your post-wed life too' You & Your Wedding

'I've been an avid fan of Erin's beautiful photos of her flower farm on Instagram for years. Now, seeing her work preserved for posterity in a book is pure magic.' - --Stephen Orr, editor in chief, Better Homes and Gardens

'One of the leading voices in the farmer-florist movement, Erin is a tireless advocate for locally-grown flowers. Here she has put together an indispensable four-season growing guide that will inspire you to sow your own cutting garden-whether you plant one row or hundreds.' - --Melissa Ozawa, garden and features editor, Martha Stewart Living

'Among a sea of new florists and floral books, Floret Flowers stands out. Erin Benzakein's integrity, openness and passion for flowers is unmistakable. In her debut book she not only introduces us to the basics of growing our own flowers, she shares her deep love and understanding of gardening in a way that will leave even the most doubtful grower feeling inspired to get their hands in the dirt.' -- --Grace Bonney, founder of Design Sponge and author of In the Company of Women

About the Author

Erin Benzakein is the founder of Floret Flower Farm. Considered one of the nation's leading 'farmer florists,' a term she has helped popularise to describe those skilled at both flower farming and floral design, she is also an accomplished author, teacher and entrepreneur. In addition to building and managing her own company, Erin has published extensively on dozens of popular wedding websites and blogs. Known for lush, airy, romantic floral designs, Erin is consistently pushing the limits of what can be used in a bouquet. She lives, farms, and writes from her home in Washington s scenic Skagit Valley. Julie Chai writes, edits, and hosts videos primarily on gardening topics. She lives and gardens in Los Altos, California. Michele M. Waite is a photographer whose style mixes a clasic, timeless look with fresh and modern whimsy. Her photography has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, The New York Times, In Style magazine and the Seattle Metropolitan. She lives in Washington with her husband and two daughters.


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What a fantastic book. I am one of the many that have pre-ordered this book, making it the number one best-seller in its category on amazon even before it was published.

I first came across the author on her blog, having done a google search on a particular flower. Her generous and informative style there should have forewarned me of what to expect, but I am still blown away by this heavy-weight and inspirational book about how to grow, harvest and arrange arrange seasonal flowers accompanied by the most beautiful photography. This is not the only book I own on this subject, but is definitely more in-depth than the others.

Whilst there are the expected and useful types of flowers that can be grown in each season, including Erin's favourite varieties, the list is much broader than in my other books. For example, using flowering branches, winter forcing branches, delicate-flowered bulbs, fruits and foliage, vegetables, vines, and grains and pods. I particularly like her 'vase life tricks' at the end of each individual entry. This includes details such as at what stage to pick the flower, whether the flower is likely to unfurl or the stem to lengthen after picking and how long each bloom will last, as well as information like wearing gloves to protect against irritant sap. Her growing seasons/climate in the Washington state appear to be similar to mine in the UK. However, the information she provides on, for example, timing for seed sowing can be used anywhere because as she explains, your growing season is determined by your region's dates of first and last frosts, so you count forward or back from those dates to work out how to get the most from your seasons by successional sowing.
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I'm a cut flower grower in Derbyshire and have always looked to Erin's website, blog and instagram feed for knowledge and inspiration. This is not just because of the beautiful photography (which there is in abundance), but it is due to the depth of her knowledge, and the generosity with which that information is shared. Erin's blog is an incredible resource in itself, but I am so grateful that she has compiled this book, which I keep at my potting bench for reference on a regular basis. I know that this book has already been purchased and read by established flower growers up and down Britain, but it would also be a great resource for anyone just starting out, as it is just so wonderfully practical & informative. When I first started growing flowers I had so many questions which it wasn't easy to find answers to. If this book had existed then, I might have made a few less mistakes! I really can't recommend this book highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, generous and thoughtfully written 8 Mar. 2017
By Paula Jean - Published on Amazon.com
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What I enjoy is that this book is so based in the real flower garden world with beautiful pictures, very well written information and endearing stories. As a text it is very useful and grounded in good growing information-as a flower guide it is inspiring. I can't say enough about the quality, wealth of information and encouragement the book holds for beginning flower growers and well experienced flower farmers.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful & Comprehensive Flower Growing Handbook 7 Mar. 2017
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
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Erin Benzakein is a pioneering farmer-florist and advocate for locally grown flowers. Having learned her trade through trial and error (read: blood, sweat, and tears), she has bestowed an incredible gift upon flower farmers and home gardeners alike with her first book, Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden.

The first thing you'll notice is how beautiful the book is. It's a work of creative art in its own right thanks to Michele M. Waite's gorgeous photos, and is well complemented by a clean, modern, and organized layout. In addition to its inherent beauty, it's also wildly substantial: Erin has packed over 300 pages of information between those beautiful covers!

Basics are covered in the beginning. From garden planning and seed starting, to soil management and even tools. Next, you can browse by season for a tasks list, plant spotlights, and then projects including the author's signature natural floral designs.

As a flower farmer-florist, you can bet this book will be in heavy rotation for both reference and inspiration. So far it's been equally at home on my lap by the fire and at my desk while planning for the growing season. For me, the seasonal organization is a lifesaver: I can quickly flip to whatever season I'm currently in to make sure I'm not forgetting any important tasks, or to gain a bit of inspiration.

I'll also note how much I appreciate Erin's authenticity. For example, I was thrilled to see it printed on FSC-Certified paper. Well-used tools are photographed rather than shiny new props. You'll spy weeds and muddy farm boots, because, well, that's what farming and gardening entails.

Thank you, Erin, for pouring your heart and soul into this work for farmers and gardeners around the world. I hope it inspires more people to get their hands dirty, and helps further our community's mission to cultivate a wider appreciation of, and demand for, local sustainably-grown flowers.

(I received a courtesy copy from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! A beautiful written 8 Mar. 2017
By Ariel Rubin - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful! A beautiful written, lovingly photographed and concisely articulated book that gives guidance to all eager flower growers. Whether you are a beginner or have been growing blooms for years, this an essential addition to every flower gardeners library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have 7 Mar. 2017
By Debbie E. - Published on Amazon.com
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I received my book a day before the official release, and have spent the last day soaking it in. It is a beautiful book. Gorgeous photos and easy to understand instructions. Congratulations Erin!
4.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put this book down... 10 April 2017
By DH - Published on Amazon.com
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One of my new favorite flower gardening books. Some of the topics are for the beginning gardener. If you're looking for a book that covers a wide variety of flowers this is not it. It is limited to plants that the author enjoys growing and I love that she provides her favorite recommendations for specific plants. However, I would have enjoyed more content on other flowers commonly used across all growing zones. If you enjoy floral arranging there is a section available for suggestions and recommendations on technique and plant pairings. I was a bit disappointed that this book does not cover is how to harvest your own seeds for the next growing season. Had the author included this content it would have been a very thorough synopsis from spring to fall/winter tasks. Perhaps she will release another book focusing on seed harvesting in the future. This book contains beautiful photographs for inspiration and is well organized.
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