Author(s): Erin Benzakein
From an industry leader in the farm-to-centrepiece movement comes this book on how to grow, harvest, and arrange gorgeous blooms year-round. Owner of Floret Flower Farms in Skagit Valley, Washington, Erin Benzakein combines her passion for farming local with her knack for floral design in this beautiful guide that is equal parts instruction and photographic inspiration. Readers will learn to keep a stunning flower garden so they can cut and arrange seasonal blooms for their home without ever going to the florist or supermarket. Organised by season and featuring common easy-to-grow varietals, the book also includes 12 stunning DIY arrangement projects.
"Erin and the flowers she grows radiate beauty and passion in equal measure. Through this passion a magical phenomenon occurs where all of us believe that we too can grow the most beautiful flowers imaginable. And now, with Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden we can! Full of insightful know-how and practical advice this book is for anyone who longs to grow the most beautiful and the healthiest flowers imaginable."- Ariella Chezar, author of Flowers for the Table and The Flower Workshop
Erin Benzakein is the founder of Floret Flower Farm. Considered one of the nation's leading 'farmer florists,' a term she has helped popularise to describe those skilled at both flower farming and floral design, she is also an accomplished author, teacher and entrepreneur. In addition to building and managing her own company, Erin has published extensively on dozens of popular wedding websites and blogs. Known for lush, airy, romantic floral designs, Erin is consistently pushing the limits of what can be used in a bouquet. She lives, farms, and writes from her home in Washington's scenic Skagit Valley. Julie Chai is a writer and editor who has worked with Sunset Magazine and Gardenista. She writes regularly about growing edibles, small-space gardening, outdoor decorating and low maintenance landscapes. An avid do-it-yourselfer, she loves helping new gardeners get started. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Michele M. Waite is a photographer whose style mixes a clasic, timeless look with fresh and modern whimsy. Her photography has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, The New York Times, In Style magazine and the Seattle Metropolitan. She lives in Washington with her husband and two daughters.