FLowers

Fine Art Flower Photography: Creative Techniques and the Art of Observation

Author: 
Tony Sweet
Publisher: 
Stackpole Books
Publication Date: 
2005
ISBN: 
0–811–73181–2

paper, 107 p., $19.95

As the author comments, flowers are the best of subjects, for they are colorful and don’t object to being photographed. Master photographer Tony Sweet shares his artistic knowledge in creating stunning floral images through the lens of the camera. He explains how he uses a combination of his camera, subject, background, and environment to bring out their floral beauty. His abstract and impressionistic works express a great talent in producing lasting records of their splendor.

Volume: 
8
Number: 
1

Anatomy of a Rose: Exploring the Secret Life of Flowers

Author: 
Sharman Apt Russell
Publisher: 
Perseus
Publication Date: 
2001
ISBN: 
0-738-20208-8

cloth, 214 p., $24

Anatomy of a Rose is a gem, small in size but grand in its view of the plant universe. It is a scientific view of how flowers exist and perform, written in lyrical prose by a talented nature writer. Its subtitle, Exploring the Secret Life of Flowers, tells the reader that something is recounted here beyond Botany 101. Author Sharman Russell unlocks the plant world for readers, and in each chapter she brings her nature lesson back to the reality of her grandmother's garden, or a neighbor's flowers.

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Volume: 
4
Number: 
2

Fast Flowers

Author: 
Jane Packer
Publisher: 
New York: Dorling Kindersley
Publication Date: 
2000
ISBN: 
0-789-46144-7

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.

Volume: 
3
Number: 
3

Christopher Lloyd's Garden Flowers

Author: 
Christopher Lloyd
Publisher: 
Portland, Ore.: Timber Press
Publication Date: 
2000
ISBN: 
0-881-92492-x

cloth, 384 p., $39.95

Author Christopher Lloyd offers his opinions about and personal assessments of herbaceous plants rather than an "all-embracing encyclopedia" in this valuable volume. The introductory section includes solid advice on planning and planting a garden, the value of perennials, choices for color, impact and maintenance; and nitty-gritty on staking and deadheading. The body of the book is an alphabetized directory by Latin name of 371 perennials.

Volume: 
3
Number: 
3

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