Outside In: A Year of Growing & Displaying

Octopus. May 2024. 224p. ISBN 9781784728854. $39.99. GARDENING
Award-winning garden designer Pritchard offers a dazzling, personal book that shows readers how to bring their garden inside. He uses seasonal flowers and other plants grown in his garden and displayed in his Somerset, England, cottage. He shares how to plan a garden, cut and condition flowers, and use succession planting to keep a steady stream of flowers available for arrangements. He discusses things to consider when creating and placing these presentations: drama, context, scale, color, scent, shape, and container. He also emphasizes that he follows his heart—not traditional floral design rules—when arranging flowers, and he encourages readers to do the same. Concluding sections are arranged by season, and that’s where he shares ideas for arranging and displaying flowers in vases or containers, offering multiple examples of his favorite plants for each season, including daffodils (spring), roses (summer), sunflowers (autumn), and amaryllis (winter), all illustrated by stunning color photographs.
VERDICT An attractive, inspiring book that shows that beautiful floral arrangements, from the simple to the exuberant, are within reach of all gardeners.
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