hardcover, 304 pp., $29.95
One of the joys of flower arranging is harvesting the bounty of the home garden for a floral design. By making creative use of flowers from the cutting garden, the designer gains valuable experience in harvesting and conditioning cut flowers and woody stems. Such an education provides practical knowledge on what makes a good cut flower. Floral designer Linda Beutler reviews the major factors in flower selection — color, fragrance, texture, and proportion, seasonal associations, vase life, and personal preference. Then she discusses the finer points of timing the harvest, different methods of conditioning, and the basics of flower arranging. Handsome photographs illustrate examples of floral designs, gardens, and flower specimens, and the text contains individual plant descriptions with information on culture and conditioning.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden