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Petal & Twig: Seasonal Bouquets with Blossoms, Branches, and Grasses from Your Garden Hardcover – January 31, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 115 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157061766X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570617669
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 6.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Almost any flower, leaf or branch can look good in the right vase. The combination is a study in texture, color, shape, the reflection of light. Valerie Easton, a Seattle-based garden writer, discusses the art of growing and arranging cut flowers in “Petal and Twig: Seasonal Bouquets With Blossoms, Branches and Grasses From Your Garden” (Sasquatch Books; $16.95). Written as an informal diary, with photographs of arrangements from her own container garden, and tips on cutting and keeping flowers fresh, the book inspires ideas not only on what to grow but on how to combine (or not) those beauties inside.
The New York Times 

In the most personal of her several books, Val Easton leads us gently through the seasons as she demonstrates the ease with which she brings her garden indoors to decorate her home. ... Petal & Twig is a book for anyone who wishes to bring cut material indoors-from even the smallest of gardens. While the palette in Val's arrangements is decidedly Pacific Northwest (after all, she splits her time between Whidbey Island and Seattle), the message of Petal & Twig is definitely non-regional: grow your own, cut your own, observe what you have, and learn to play with it. Let your bouquets exemplify nature's artistry brought indoors.
Pacific Horticulture Magazine

Open your eyes and keep it simple: those are two lessons Easton (The New Low Maintenance Garden), a garden writer and Huffington Post columnist, passes on from her own 40 years in the garden. When selecting and arranging flowers for bouquets, you needn’t spend a bundle buying a bundle of imported flowers. Instead, check what’s in stock in your own backyard. Easton, who gardens in the Seattle area, offers refreshing counsel for thinking about bouquets through the year. They needn’t contain only colorful flowers. Add grasses, twigs, and foliage. Easton offers guidelines and principles (one can own a lot of thrift shop and garage sale vases) as well as a journal of possibilities through the seasons. Gardeners not in her area will have to substitute for some of her core list recommendations, and think very strategically in winters in less mild USDA growing zones about seedpods and branches. The result, however, will be unique, local, imaginative, and inexpensive. Color photos throughout illustrate and inspire. 
Publishers Weekly

The next best thing to being surrounded by the real thing is immersing yourself in a floral volume packed with pretty pictures and, hopefully, sage advice. Valerie Easton's latest book, Petal & Twig...is just such a treat. The popular gardening writer (a longtime columnist for the Seattle TimesPacific Northwest magazine) has created one easy-to-follow, season-by-season tutorial on how to turn your homegrown flora into fabulous floral arrangements... The book's simple, personal-journal approach—Easton even snapped most of the book's featured blooms, which were mostly culled from her 2,400-square-foot garden—is not only a particular pleasure, but makes it easy for gardening newbies to dig into its contents.... Here's to a fun read, and to cooking up your own cool custom bouquets year-round.
Northwest Home

A refreshing take on flower arranging, offering up inspiration for creations using plants from your own garden...
Gardenista

Gardeners will learn to create beautiful seasonal bouquets with blossoms, branches and grasses from their yards in this lovely book featuring numerous color photographs.  Even in the winter, Easton uses twigs and the most resilient plants in her yard to bring nature into her home, and Petal & Twig chronicles her efforts over the course of a year.  Readers will also benefit from Easton's gardening and arranging tips, and a useful list of the best times to grow different plants.
Alaska Airlines Magazine

Garden columnist Valerie Easton is an enthusiastic supporter of creating seasonal bouquets from a garden’s bounty of blossoms, branches, and grasses. She relates the great joy that can be found in the use of “what nature offers up.” Easton describes the pleasure one receives when employing the many forms—buds, seedpods, seedheads, berries, branches, twigs, and, of course, blossoms. The author reviews guidelines for collecting and preserving living materials and comments on the choice of containers, while providing tips on plant selection, color, and design. To spur the reader onward in a celebration of garden materials, there is a chronicle of photographs of seasonal arrangements and a listing of suitable plants to grow for use in bouquets.
Chicago Botanic Garden

Cute new little book from one of our favorite local garden writers. Open your eyes and keep it simple: those are two lessons Easton passes on from her own 40 years in the garden. When selecting and arranging flowers for bouquets, you needn’t spend a bundle buying a bundle of imported flowers. Instead, check what’s in stock in your own backyard. Easton, who gardens in the Seattle area, offers refreshing counsel for thinking about bouquets through the year. They needn’t contain only colorful flowers. Add grasses, twigs, and foliage. Easton offers guidelines and principles (one can own a lot of thrift shop and garage sale vases) as well as a journal of possibilities through the seasons.
My Edmonds News 

About the Author

Valerie Easton, longtime garden columnist for the Seattle Times, is the author of four books about plants and gardens including The New Low-Maintenance Garden. She also writes for the Huffington Post, Organic Gardening, and Garden Design. The author lives in Seattle and Langley, WA.

More About the Author

Valerie Easton hasn't missed a week writing her weekly gardening column for the Seattle Times in 15 years. Her newest book is about how to make simple, naturalistic and organic bouquets from your garden that are the antithesis of overworked, overdone flower arrangements that are more about decorating than nature. She's written four earlier books; the most recent, The New Low-Maintenance Garden, was named one of the Ten Best Home and Garden Books of 2009 by Amazon.

Val's own low-maintenance garden, the muse for the book, has been published in The New York Times, This Old House, and Horticulture. She has contributed articles on gardens, homes, and the people who make them to a variety of magazines, including Metropolitan Home, Fine Gardening, and Gardens Illustrated. Valerie trained as a Master Gardener and was for eighteen years the horticultural librarian at the University of Washington in Seattle. She gardens, teaches yoga, and blogs (www.valeaston.com) in the village of Langley, on Whidbey Island, Washington.

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Very nice arrangements, seasonal and easy to do.
Lynn Ferda
Petal & Twig is a joyful show-and-tell book about creating stress-free bouquets from the bounty of our gardens.
D. Loudon
I like Val's book, as it has a lot of good ideas for the average home gardener.
Glenn Withey

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Loudon on February 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Petal & Twig is a joyful show-and-tell book about creating stress-free bouquets from the bounty of our gardens. Cleverly written and loaded with colorful photographs (mostly taken by the author), this book has great ideas relating to floral arrangements, cool vase collecting, personal inspirations, and a core list of plants for our gardens. A lot of passion and creativeness went into this delightful book. I highly recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Withey on February 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I like Val's book, as it has a lot of good ideas for the average home gardener. Most of us have too much going on in our lives, to have the time to create elaborate/expensive arrangements, and Val has many wonderful examples of what one can accomplish with a small garden. And, her use of color and texture appeals to me. Some of the beautifully photographed bouquets are simple and elegant, others more elaborate, but all bring a smile to my face.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By qrtrmare on February 18, 2013
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i thought this book would show more pictures of how to use petals and twigs during there seasons.it only had one small picture of each season.. it mostly just talked about what things were around that you could use.. not how to use them....i had hoped it would give more examples on how to use petals and twigs, with simple ideas not a book i would buy again...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Colman on February 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Petal & Twig: Seasonal Bouquets with Blossoms, Branches, and Grasses from Your GardenI just got my first edition Petal & Twig signed by the author, Valerie Easton. This is a great book for our family since we have a small space for gardening and limited full sun. If you have a sunny yard, you are all set.

Easton's enthusiasm for growing a lot of great plants in a little space is infectious. And I can't wait for the seasons to change this year in our garden, anticipating some of the different flowers and foliage throughout the year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arlene on June 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Just not enough info doesn't tell you what the flowers are that are used in arrangements.
Pretty bland nothing very exciting and unusual. Quite disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Schleem on February 5, 2012
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Petal and Twig will motivate you to create lovely bouquets from your own garden. It will also inspire you to have fun with various vessels to hold your flowers. If you were not lucky enough to catch Val Easton's talk last week, be sure to attend her seminar at the Seattle Flower Show on 2/9...you will be ready to put that cabin fever behind and start thinking Spring!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By islandmimi on February 4, 2012
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Because I'm sort of a pretend horticulturalist, I have an eclectic, minimal garden. Most garden books are overly ambitious for me. This little gem is one I can enjoy and utilize. I love it!
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