- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms Hardcover – 13 Mar 2017
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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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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.Read more ›
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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.)