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Lovers of roses will delight in this guide that features a feast of floral design and craft ideas. After presenting different arrangements, using fresh roses in traditional designs with suitable companion flowers, author and rose enthusiast Ellen Platt then launches into crafts. Employing flowers, their petals and hips in both fresh and dried forms, the author demonstrates how to create wreaths, topiaries, collages, and potpourri. She provides ideas for seasonal arrangements and for special occasions.
Platt thoughtfully completes the text with information on the selection and cultivation of roses. She includes tips on preserving floral blooms and caring for designs. The appendices also include information about the locations of public sites with rose gardens, resources for plants, and rose societies.
Beautiful full-color photographs of flowers and crafts make this practical manual on creating 30 rose designs inspirational for both experienced and novice floral designers.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden