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Floral Style Hardcover – December 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883630990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883630990
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 11.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Each of these new titles approaches flower arranging quite differently. Reminiscent of fellow Britisher Fiona Barrett's The New Flower Arranger (LJ 12/95), Edward's book covers the typical elements of design, container selection, color theory, shaping techniques, basic equipment, flower conditioning, and preservation, followed by "recipes" for a variety of arrangements. The unique addition is a plant directory at the end of the volume featuring clear photos of over 200 plants commonly used in floral design, their common and Latin names, availability, conditioning requirements, preservation methods, fragrance, vase life, and possible dangers. Other photos are small. The price makes this a worthwhile purchase for libraries lacking other basic flower-arrangement books. Lefferts, an American floral designer, exhibits an offbeat style of flower arrangement, emphasizing asymmetry and breaking the "rules." The copious color photographs examining this style outweigh the brief but chatty text. Lefferts's unusual suggestions include dying water to complement blossoms in clear vases and using items of clothing as containers. Her arrangements include fresh, dried, silk, and even ceramic flowers. The section on "special occasions" focuses mostly on weddings. As in Edwards's book, there is a useful photo glossary of over 100 flowers; lists of resources complete the text. Imaginative and pictorially lush, this book belongs in the coffee-table genre by price and design. Fresh Cuts, not for floral traditionalists, is nontheless informative and uplifting for anyone who cares about natural beauty. Divided into "Body" and "Soul," the text takes a closer look at all parts of a plant?bark, branches, buds, pods, leaves, and seeds?dead or alive or even diseased. Accompanying Hall's sensuous, realistic photos, Von Gal's text is by turns personal, instructive, and poetic. The reader will not find quaint nosegays or formal centerpieces here but rather bouquets of rhubarb chard and simple arrangements of oak galls or red clover from this U.S. designer. A fine complement to larger collections.?Cathy Sabol, Northern Virginia Community Coll., Manassas
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Although this sumptuous guide to flower arrangement includes a chapter devoted to decorative effects that may be achieved with dried plant material, silk, and even ceramic flowers, the overall presentation proclaims the exuberant beauty of freshly cut flowers. Instructive text accompanies lavish illustrations of floral displays, providing the reader with basic information on conditioning flowers, choosing containers, and descriptions of different styles of arrangement; still, tips and design suggestions appear secondary to the sheer visual pleasure the gorgeous images afford. Most practical of all is a concluding glossary with accessible information for the hands-on reader; listings include photographs, descriptions, plant culture, and specific instructions to ensure the long life of flowers. Alice Joyce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By sandra.caluya@gs.com on January 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most beautiful and practical books on the subject I have seen. Vena Leffers takes you through the process of choosing, conditioning and arranging flowers for all ocassions. This book is a great source inspiration to help you get started and create something really fantastic. If you love flowers and you love the idea of putting your own personal touch into a great arrangement but need some guidance run don't walk to get this book!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sherratt Reicher on December 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This was the first book that gave specific instruction on how to create arrangements from beginning to end, including set up of work space, necessary tools and how to prepare flowers. It is incredibly thorough in its description. It is written for the laymen and is a perfect starter for someone wanting to recreate the magazine perfect arrangements we often see.
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I bought this book wanting good clear pictures of flowers and not necessarily for the arrangements. Photographs were not as crisp as I had hoped and as far as the arrangements go, they are way to elaborate and not practical. They would cost a fortune to do as I am a city dweller without a cutting garden to draw on.
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This beautiful book is a must have for the serious floral designer...packed full of photos and inspirational chapters...brilliantly written and comprehensive in scope!
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