paper, 128 p., $13.95
Reading Fast Flowers is like eating fast food — a quick fix, but ultimately not very satisfying, because you always crave more. But then, that's the point of this book. Its coverage of flower arranging is terse, economical and exciting — and you want more. The flowers are lush, the color photographs are eloquent, the diagrams are explicit, the techniques are explained in few words, and the price is right.
Study the 120 simple, inspiring arrangements very carefully. They are not as easy to carry out with professional élan as they look. Practice tying raffia, collect some simple glass containers, paint others and — voilà — you are on your way. Have fun!
— Adele Kleine, Volunteer, Library, Chicago Botanic Garden, and contributing writer to Chicagoland Gardening magazine