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Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farmby Debra Prinzing
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The slow food movement (with its hundreds of thousands of members and supporters) has changed our relationship with the foods in our lives. Now the slow flower movement is changing the way we think about cut flowers: Yes, we'd all prefer fresh, fragrant flowers in our bouquets, not the chemical-laden lifeless blooms flown in from afar - but what to do in those seasons when not much is growing locally? Acclaimed garden writer Debra Prinzing challenged herself to create a beautiful, locally-grown bouquet for each of 52 weeks of one year (going beyond flowers to include ornamental twigs, foliage, greenhouse plants, dried pods, and more), to demonstrate that all four seasons have their own botanical character to be celebrated. She provides extensive design tips, bouquet “recipes” and region-by-region floral ingredient lists that can be found in all climate zones through the year. Slow Flowers is written from a DIY floral designer's point of view, to inspire anyone to go green and make a beautiful bouquet with what's at hand, no matter the season.
Debra Prinzing is highly visible in the world of garden writing, and is president of the 1800-member Garden Writers Association of America. An outdoor living expert, she is a contributing editor for Better Homes & Gardens and Garden Design magazine and writes for top shelter and consumer publications. She is the author of six books, including Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways (with photographer William Wright - Clarkson Potter, 2008); and her latest, The 50 Mile Bouquet (with co-author photographer David Perry - St. Lynn's Press, 2012).
52 Weeks of Fresh Flowers
First there was "slow food." Now there's "slow flowers," local and fresh: no chemical-laden, lifeless blooms flown in from afar. Acclaimed garden writer Debra Prinzing wants to show us the rich, floral bounty closer to home. In Slow Flowers, she takes us through the seasons to create 52 vibrant, sensual bouquets using only locally sourced materials - even in winter.
In this lushly photographed book, the DIY floral designer will find expert tips, bouquet recipes, eco-friendly arranging techniques... and a comprehensive index with climate zone information for each botanical ingredient.
"Debra Prinzing inspires us to slow down and smell the flowers, especially those grown in our own backyards or by local flower farmers." -Lara Spencer, ABC's Good Morning America lifestyle anchor and author of I Brake for Yard Sales
52 Weeks of Fresh Flowers
First there was slow food. Now there's slow flowers, local and fresh: no chemical-laden lifeless blooms flown in from afar. Acclaimed garden writer Debra Prinzing takes us through the seasons to create 52 vibrant, sensual bouquets using only locally-sourced materials - even in winter. In her richly photographed book, Prinzing celebrates each season's unique character - with fresh blooms, ornamental twigs, foliage, dried pods, and more. In Slow Flowers, DIY floral designers will find expert tips, bouquet recipes and region-by-region ingredient lists for all climate zones.
About the Author
Debra Prinzing lives in Seattle and Los Angeles.
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