Flowering: Easygoing Floral Design for Surprising Contemporary Arrangements

Chronicle. Apr. 2024. 208p. ISBN 9781797221274. $27.95. CRAFTS
Having left behind New York City and her visual editing job at Bon Appétit, Jaime writes about her return to Miami and her journey to becoming a florist. After receiving a big commission from a retailer, she scoured YouTube videos and floral guides for information about traditional arrangements, but she didn’t find much on modern and cool flower masterpieces. This is when her “flowering” process was born. In her book, she rates basic tools as “bare bones,” “frivolous,” or “wouldn’t recommend as a purchase.” Floral arrangements that utilize everything from chicken wire to floral frogs to vessels and vases make up a sizable portion of the book, which explains the pros and cons of different materials for each arrangement. The processing of flowers (reflexing roses, dying troll grass, and more) is also discussed, and there’s a glossary of types of flowers (tall, dried, textured, and more), along with plenty of specifics about making the arrangements. The book includes clear, detailed photos and lists of supplies with step-by-step notes.
VERDICT This highly recommended title includes a wide array of arrangements that are all presented with flawless photos and directions.
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