A perfect gift for Mother’s Day, and equally someone just starting to study floristry or work in the industry, is this newly published book, ‘The Flower Book‘ by Rachel Siegfried.
Taking you through the seasons, the book shines the floral spotlight on sixty flowers, with key facts about each type. You’ll find detailed information about what to look for when choosing your blooms at a florist or flower market, gardening tips, how to prepare and care for individual flowers, as well as advice on how to display them.
There are step-by-step guides on how to create a series of flower arrangements, thirty of them in total. You’ll find designs showing simply one flower type en masse in a pretty jug, as well as different varieties of flowers beautifully arranged with foliage in footed bowls, large urns, rustic buckets and cut-glass vases, in the loose, natural style which is very popular at the moment.
Photographers Gary Ombler and Clare West have done an incredible job of capturing the flowers in both macro close-up shots of the individual blooms and beautiful images of the arrangements. Here are just a few examples…
If you’re not familiar with Rachel, she runs a wonderful flower farm, Green & Gorgeous, in the Oxfordshire countryside, which I’ve visited on two occasions…and it’s such a magical place! I’ll put some links here to the courses I’ve had the pleasure of attending : Wedding Flowers Intensive Course and Dahlia Masterclass. And here’s a link to her 2017 Course Programme.
Rachel and her partner Ashley grow an extensive range of flowers and foliage, which she arranges for weddings and events. In fact, every flower bar two which feature in the book were grown at the flower farm!
The Flower Book, published by DK, is now available to buy on Amazon. And if you order it quickly, it’ll arrive just in time for Mother’s Day!
P.S. If you’d like to read Rachel’s blog post about the background behind her writing the book, please click here.