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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: St. Lynn's Press; 3.2.2012 edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983272646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983272649
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Debbie Arrington of The Sacramento Bee:
""The mother of the Slow Flower movement, Prinzing is making a personal crusade to encourage people to think about floral purchases the same way they may approach what they eat: Buy locally grown flowers or grow them yoourself.""

From Bellamy Pailthorp, KPLU-FM (NPR affiliate):
""...an impassioned advocate for a more sustainable flower industry.""

Praise from Kathleen N. Brenzel, Garden Editor SUNSET magazine:

The Fifty Mile Bouquet is a flower book for today ... inspiring, beautifully photographed, filled with advice on buying, growing, harvesting and arranging blooms that are truly fresh, locally-grown.



From Fran Sorin, GardeningGoneWild.com, May 1, 2012:

The 50 Mile Bouquet is one of those books that gardeners (and those who love flowers) should have on their bookshelves. Debra Prinzing has done a stupendous job of inspiring and educating us about the slow flower movement. David Perry's photographs... as always... don't disapoint. They capture the sumptuous beauty of the flowers and the emotions on the faces of the growers.

Praise from Jenny Andrews, Executive Editor, GARDEN DESIGN magazine:

The Fifty Mile Bouquet explores a subject close to the hearth as well as our health, not only bringing sustainable gardening right to the convivial heart of the home, but proving that being responsibly organic can be breathtakingly beautiful.

From the Back Cover

The Word is Out...
Seasonal, local, sustainable bouquets are in. And they smell wonderful! Welcome to the beautiful new world of "slow flowers": locally-grown, not imported...safe, not chemical-laden...vibrant, not lifeless. Come with us as we visit the dedicated farmers and designers who are changing the way we think about the cut flowers in our lives. You'll never look at a corsage, floral arrangement or boutonniere the same way again. Your next birthday, anniversary or wedding celebration might just be the most gorgeous ever!
The 50 Mile Bouquet is the first book to spotlight the dramatic transformation in how cut flowers are grown,designed and used. With in-depth reporting and breathtaking color photography, this visually elegant book is a feast for the senses.

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It is filled with stunning photographs and beautiful words that set the mind reeling with possibilities.
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I have on my own been creating bouquets that are more in line with what I have discovered in this fabulous book, freshly picked and inspired by nature.
Debbie
Thanks to the dedicated people we meet in Debra Prinzing and David E. Perry's inspiring work, we are making progress.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By elizabeth alexandra on March 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The 50 Mile Bouquet is an amazing resource for all floral enthusiasts who want a wonderful sneak peak into the industry. The in-depth and fantastical look into local flower farmers and floral designers is beautiful, raw, and inspiring. It is here where Debra's skill as a masterful researcher and storyteller truly shines. Just beyond Debra's research and words are David's breathtaking images where he captures the vibrance and energy of the individuals who are leading the change in the industry. David is nothing short of a transcendent photographer!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By KMillikin on March 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"The 50 Mile Bouquet" introduces you to the growers in such a way that you feel like you know them; they could be your neighbor. Everyday people growing extraordinary beauty just for us to enrich our lives. After reading this book I feel more educated and enlighted on where my flowers come from and how they are grown. The photographs are so rich in color and detail you will get lost in them and wish to be transported immediately. It's a must-have for anyone who appreciates natural beauty, enjoys digging in the dirt or simply having a fresh bouquet in their home. Flowers are greeting cards from Mother Nature. Give this book to a friend. Best gift ever!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sean McCarthy on March 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The "50 Mile Bouquet" is filled with inspiring stories of people who have passionately committed themselves to creating incredible natural beauty for us to feast on in a sustainable planet friendly way. They have all done the hard work it takes to tread lightly on the earth and still make a living. Showing us that it can be done. The photography is gorgeous; rich, sensitive, emotionally astute and perfectly integrated. A lovely book and highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RCannon, lifestyle writer on March 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Debra Prinzing has succeeded once again to find the best and most interesting people to weave into her stories--this time, on the real importance of the sustainability of flowers. In telling the tales of these passionate and devoted growers & designers, she gives us much more than a story. She shows us how we as readers can make a few small changes in our buying and gathering practices & enjoy this concept in our own environments. What a gift of knowledge--delivered in a beautiful, entertaining way, with wonderful, practical insight & tips. David Perry's shots have as much soul, and make me feel like I'm out in the field or the wholesale market at dawn. This is not only a great book to own, but a wonderful gift to give, alongside a bunch of pesticide free roses from your own back yard!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NCordier on March 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Eloquently written and compellingly photographed, Debra Prinzing and David Perry take the reader on an enchanting journey into the growing "green" movement in the modern floral industry. Bringing farmers, florists, and flower lovers together into one cohesive unit, The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers reveals the shared steadfast passion for sustainably and/or organically grown flowers and we, the reader, finally get to read the stories of people dedicated to making this world a better place.

My only complaint is that it wasn't long enough!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jay White on March 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This beautifully written and illustrated book is an inspiration to those of us that want more from our flowers than low cost and long vase life. By highlighting the true pioneers of the locally grown flower movement, Debra shows us that, just like our food, flowers are better when they are grown locally and in a socially responsible manner.

Most of the flowers sold in the US were grown in foreign lands at great cost to the environment. The local flower growers highlighted in this book are providing us with a better way to enjoy fresh cut floral products. My hat is off to these local growers that strive to produce the highest quality floral products to their customers at the lowest possible cost to the environment. Their methods allow them to produce a dizzying array of high quality flowers that often leave the earth in better shape than when the grower started. Because their flowers are grown and sold locally, the growers can cut and sell their products at the peak of freshness. Since the local growers do not have to ship their product half way around the world, they are able to focus on intangibles like local relevance, variety and scent.

This book it is not just about production practices. Debra also shows us the many ways that creative florists, designers and DIYers are using locally grown floral products to redefine the way the buying public defines a "floral bouquet". With ready access to things like pea vines and fruit branches, ecologically sensitive designers are building stunning arrangements that don't rely on "just" flowers. These visually stunning displays are more than just beautiful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mom of Boys on March 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Got my copy yesterday and it was like going on a flower filled nostalgic vacation. Stunning photography and inspiring narrative--I think I want to march down to City Hall and get my business license to sell local flowers!

This book is for anyone who loves flowers yet gets that disappointed feeling every time you see a stiff, unimaginative bouquet at your local grocery store. Flowers are meant to express themselves freely, not be manufactured. Prinzing heralds the "farm to table" movement for the floral industry. It's about time we get back to "real" flowers. Prinzing/Perry's book is like receiving the best May Day basket ever filled with "old fashioned" flowers from the little neighbor girl who's mother has the best garden on the street! I was that little girl for my neighbors and that's why I love this book so much!
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