Every February, supermarket floral departments overflow with a seemingly endless supply of nondescript red roses... but have you ever stopped to wonder where they all come from? Chances are, not from anywhere near where you live. Most "factory flowers," favored for their uniformity and durability, are grown overseas (often under lax environmental and labor laws) and treated with preservatives to survive the long journey to your neighborhood store. In The 50 Mile Bouquet, Debra Prinzing explores the growing "slow flower" movement, which promotes seasonal, local, and sustainably grown flowers as an alternative to the days-old (or weeks-old), stressed out, and toxic variety that dominate the market. Join Prinzing in her celebration of flowers as nature intended them to be: fresh, fragrant, and perfect in their imperfection. You'll never look at a cellophane-wrapped bouquet the same way again. Recommended By Tove H., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
The Word is Out...
Seasonal, local, sustainable bouquets are in. And they smell wonderful! Welcome to the beautiful new world of "slow flowers": locally-grown, not imported...safe, not chemcial-laden...vibrant, not lifeless.
Come with us as we visit the dedicated farmers and desginers who are changing the way we think about the cut flowers in our lives. You'll never look at a corsage, flower arrangement or boutonniere the same way again. Your next birthday, anniversary or wedding celebration might just be the most gorgeous ever!
The 50 Mile Bouquet is the first book to spotlight the dramatic transformation in how cut flowers are grown, designed and used. With in-depth reporting and breathtaking color photography, this visually elegant book is a feast for the senses.
"The stories and images in this book lead us forward, to a new way of enjoying unfussy, chemical-free, natural flowers. There's a nostalgia in these pages, but there is also a decidedly modern sensibility and an undercurrent of excitement over what the future holds for farmers, florists and flower lovers like me." - From the Foreword by Amy Stewart, author of Flower Confidential
Most flowers on the market today are imported, mass-produced and chemical-laden. The 50 Mile Bouquet introduces some of the innovative voices of the dynamic new Slow Flower movement: the organic flower farmers, the sustainably-motivated floral designers...and the flower enthusiasts who are increasingly asking, Where and how were my flowers grown, and who grew them?
With documentary-feature reporting and full color photographs, this visually elegant book takes us into the farms and design studios of these slow-flower folks to follow the green journey of the 50 mile bouquet. This is the first book to spotlight this major transformation in how cut flowers are grown, designed and consumed, which closely mirrors the locavore/slow food revolution in the culinary world.
The 50 Mile Bouquet is the slow flower guide to Organic Flower-Growing, Gathering and Design.
Foreword by Amy Stewart, author of Flower Confidential.
Debra Prinzing is highly visible in the world of garden writing, and is the newly elected 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 five books, including Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways (with photographer William Wright; Clarkson Potter, 2008).
David E. Perry's photographs have appeared in major corporate ads, magazines and books. His popular blog, A Photographer's Garden, brings thousands of readers together each week.
About the Author
Debra Prinzing lives in Seattle; David E. Perry lives in Seattle.