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Garden to Vase: Growing and Using Your Own Cut Flowers Hardcover – Illustrated


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881928259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881928259
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #964,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Garden to Vase will encourage even the most reluctant flower arranger to wield a pair of clippers." Valerie Easton, The Seattle Times June 24, 2007

"There is something magical about a garden-grown arrangement that makes it different from the commercially grown roses, lilies, and tulips that we buy at the store...homegrown blossoms are lovable because of, not in spite of, their imperfections. Who couldn't love a crazy, homemade, one-of-a-kind bouquet?
—Amy Stewart, San Francisco Chronicle (The San Francisco Chronicle)

"A must-read for anyone wanting to grow flowers for cutting." (Nancy Szerlag Detroit Free Press)

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When you feel the urge to re-create the combinations of color and texture that enliven your garden in arrangements to enjoy indoors, does a crisis of confidence follow? Which flowers should I use? Will they last in a vase? At what stage should I pick them? Do they need some kind of conditioning? Could I be growing other plants that would add excitement to my arrangements?

The answers to these questions, and many more, can be found herein. An accomplished gardener and professional florist, Linda Beutler offers unique insights into creating inspired floral arrangements and growing the plants that go into them.

In her lively and down-to-earth syle she explores the essence of floral design; making creative use of plants you're already growing; techniques for harvesting and preparing cut flowers; bouquet basics; and creating arrangments for special occasions. She devotes an entire chapter to the well-loved mainstays: lilies, narcissi, tulips, roses, peonies, hydrangeas, and tropical flowers.

A wealth of expert information culminates in an alphabetical directory that describes the flowers, foliage, and fruit of more than 200 oustanding plants that are as lovely in the garden as in a vase. Each entry includes the plant's botanical and common names; its habit, hardiness, height, fragrance, and appearance; when it can be harvestedd; how to grow it; how it should be conditioned; and insider tips about what to look for if you're purchasing cut stems rather than growing the plant yourself.

Allan Mandell's breathaking photographs show flowers in full color at every stage from the garden to finished arrangement. Visually stunning and replete with information both practical and inspirational, Garden to Vase will help you grow both as a gardener and as an artist of the garden's bounty.

More About the Author

Available NOW in Amamzon's Kindle store, The Red Chrysanthemum by Linda Beutler, (Meryton Press)

Linda Beutler is an Oregon native who began writing professionally in 1996 (meaning that is when they started paying her...), in the field of garden writing. First published in magazines, Linda graduated to book authorship in 2004 with the publication of Gardening With Clematis (2004, Timber Press). In 2007 Timber Press presented her second title, Garden to Vase, a partnership with garden photographer Allan Mandell. Now in 2013 Linda is working with a new publisher, and writing in a completely different direction. Funny how life works out, but more on that in a minute.

Linda lives the gardening life: she is a part-time instructor in the horticulture department at Clackamas Community College, writes and lectures about gardening topics throughout the USA, and is traveling the world through her active participation in the International Clematis Society, of which she is the current president. Then there's that dream job--which she is sure everyone else must covet but which she alone has--Linda Beutler is the curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection, which is located at Luscher Farm, a farm/park maintained by the city of Lake Oswego. They say to keep resumes brief, but Linda considers Garden With Clematis her 72,000 word resume. She signed on as curator to North America's most comprehensive and publicly accessible collection of the genus clematis in July 2007, and they will no doubt not get shut of her until she can be carried out in a pine box.

And now for something completely different: in September 2011, Linda checked out a book of Jane Austen fan fiction from her local library, and was, to put it in the modern British vernacular, gob smacked. After devouring every title she could get her hands on, she quite arrogantly decided that, in some cases, she could do better, and began writing her own expansions and variations of Pride and Prejudice. The will to publish became too tempting, and after viewing the welcoming Meryton Press website, she printed out the first three chapters of her book, and out it went, a child before the firing squad. Luckily, the discerning editors at Meryton Press saved the child from slaughter, and Linda's first work of Jane Austen-esque fiction, The Red Chrysanthemum, will, God willing and the creek don't rise, be ready for publication in September 2013.

Linda shares a small garden in Southeast Portland with her husband, and pets that function as surrogate children. Her personal collection of clematis numbers something around 230 taxa. These are also surrogate children, and just as badly behaved.

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This book contains helpful ideas and suggestions on flower arranging and containers to use.
Nona
Although I have dozens of garden books that include cutting and arranging flowers, this one is so much more.
Foothills Reader
I would highly recommend this book to all who love the beauty and possibilities of flowers.
Carol Watkins

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By T. Bippen on August 9, 2008
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When this book arrived and I perused the first time, I was thrilled. However, now that I have used this book for about a month, I am disappointed about some important and missing details. First, the good news: photos are gorgeous, author has a wonderful style and wit and this book has been helpful for me on several occasions.

My disappointments: NO index! There is a plant name index, flower meaning table, a botanical latin guide, bibliography, etc.; however, this book is much more than a listing of flowers. If one wants to research foliage or conditioning solution, good luck finding it without an index. One has to leaf through the entire book.

Second, the flower arrangements are gorgous but the flowers are not identified in any of the photos. The arrangement on the book's cover is breathtaking, and although I am an avid gardener, I could only identify two of the flowers in that particular photo. Considering the subject matter of this book, it is a travesty to not provide more detailed information on the many arrangements.

Third, very little information is provided on foliage or filler flowers for arrangements or a guide as to ratios of flowers to fillers to foliage, etc.

Fourth, the author beats up hybrid tea roses pretty hard (which is fine) and then waxes eloquently about old garden roses and how they should be the choice for a garden. Only one problem--there are many old garden roses that do not work as cut flowers because they shatter. And, when the author provides a list of the 12 best roses to grow for cutting, none of them are old garden roses (unless you consider the Austin roses to be old garden roses), and nearly half are hybrid teas!

Do I like this book? Yes; however, when I need essential information and it is not available in this type of reference, it is annoying, and especially knowing it may be in the book, but I cannot find it quickly because of the lack of an index.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn B. Odneal on July 29, 2007
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I have been working on a cut flower project for two years and have done a lot of reading on the subject. I didn't think I really needed another book, but the lovely photos talked me into it. I am so glad they did! Not only have I learned some new things (like how to rinse sap producing flowers so they don't hurt the others in the vase) but the author's friendly and eloquent writing style is so much fun to read. Her rich experience with cut flowers and clear and enjoyable style will benefit everyone. Definitely a gem.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carol Watkins on October 18, 2007
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What a treasure to add to my gardening library. Linda Beutler offers insights into the creation of floral arrangements and the growth of plants that go into them. The book covers the basics of floral design, giving the reader confidence to explore a fascinating aspect of gardening. Creative uses for plants from your current garden are explored. The tips for harvesting and preparing flowers for arrangements are written in a clear style for beginner and more advanced gardeners. This book includes an alphabetical directory, that describes the flowers, foliage, and fruit of more that 200 plants. Each entry includes the plants habit, hardiness, height, fragrance, and appearance; when it can be harvested; how to grow it; and how it should be conditioned. The photography of flowers and arrangements, done by Allan Mandell, is absolutely exquisite. I would highly recommend this book to all who love the beauty and possibilities of flowers.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Foothills Reader on November 18, 2007
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Although I have dozens of garden books that include cutting and arranging flowers, this one is so much more. It is a top-notch reference book that you will use often, whether or not you are a novice or experienced gardener. Linda Beutler not only tells you exactly how to grow, cut, prepare and arrange flowers in detail, she will inspire you. After reading her book I ventured into my own fall garden with a small bucket of water and shears to cut a few spent hydrangea blossoms, yellow margarites and gold chrysanthemum sprigs, and some wayward shrub branches. I removed a couple of stalks from the zebra grass and picked my one stunning dark purple re-blooming iris to become the center of my arrangement. As I wandered about I also gathered some broken twigs from a recent storm. Using her detailed guidelines for preparing both woody and soft stemmed cuttings, I found a wide-mouthed glass vase and created my own beautiful masterpiece in less than a half hour.

The first part of the book covers all the "how-to-do" basics and includes stunning color photos of flower arrangements, many created from typical home gardens. She illustrates design techniques, discusses seasonal uses, advises on which plants (and fruits) to grow or buy for both fresh and dry creations. The second half of the book covers many familiar flowers, vines and shrubs in detail--many photographed in companion plantings. Each entry includes whether it is annual or perennial, planting zone, anticipated size and other details found in most garden books. But then she expands each entry to include garden availability, harvesting, conditioning, vase life and buying tips. Reading her informative and chatty text is more like talking with a gardening friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nona on March 30, 2013
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This book contains helpful ideas and suggestions on flower arranging and containers to use. It is especially beneficial to me since I am responsible for a table centerpiece at a meeting in two weeks, While I am fairly good at such projects, I welcome all the good help I can get!
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