Flowers for All: Modern Floral Arrangements for Beauty, Joy, and Mindfulness Every Day

Chronicle. Feb. 2023. 172p. ISBN 9781797215662. $22.95. CRAFTS
Award-winning floral designer McLeary presents 30 accessible flower projects that can spread joy. The simplest ones involve gathering flowers from one’s own yard or the local farmer’s market, grocery store, or flower farm. Since the author eschews floral foam and employs reusable materials, her designs are environmentally friendly. The tools she recommends—floral frogs, floral wire, and snipping tools—are practical and simple. The projects described in “Flowers for Me” are the simplest and grow progressively more complex in such sections as “Flowers for Friends” and “Flowers for All.” The latter half of the book presents semi-advanced projects. For example, there is a bridal bouquet that can also be worn as a headpiece, and there are earrings made of fresh daffodils and floral wire. Unlike many floral designers, McLeary uses herbs and the occasional fruit and vegetable in her designs. More advanced projects teach readers how to create impressive centerpieces, flower canopies, and towers.
VERDICT What is great about this book is that it stresses the benefits of floral arrangements in a clear, approachable way. Designs are welcoming, accessible, and mindful of the environment. From the simple to moderately complex, these projects offer something for all levels.
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