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Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms Hardcover – March 7, 2017
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Unearth your Inspiration
Welcome to the stunning world of Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden.
Praise from the Press
Stephen Orr, editor-in-chief, Better Homes & Gardens
“I’ve been an avid fan of Erin’s beautiful photos of her flower farm on Instagram for years. Now, seeing her work preserved for posterity in a book is pure magic.”
Melissa Ozawa, garden and features editor, Martha Stewart Living
“One of the leading voices in the farmer-florist movement, Erin is a tireless advocate for locally-grown flowers. Here she has put together an indispensable four-season growing guide that will inspire you to sow your own cutting garden—whether you plant one row or hundreds.”
Grace Bonney, founder of DesignSponge* and author of In the Company of Women
“Among a sea of new florists and floral books, Floret Flowers stands out. Erin Benzakein's integrity, openness and passion for flowers is unmistakable. In her debut book she not only introduces us to the basics of growing our own flowers, she shares her deep love and understanding of gardening in a way that will leave even the most doubtful grower feeling inspired to get their hands in the dirt.”
Meet the Author
Erin Benzakein is the founder of Floret Flower Farm and is known for her lush, vibrant, romantic floral designs. She pushes the limits of what can be used in bouquets, which led to her winning the Martha Stewart American Made award for Floral and Event Design. Also a winner of the Better Homes and Gardens blogger award, Erin trials an enormous selection of unique varieties each season on her small-scale, high-intensity farm, and her work has been featured in numerous books, websites, and magazines including Martha Stewart Living, Sunset, Victoria, Country Living, Organic Life and more. She farms, designs, and lives in Mount Vernon, Washington, with her husband and two children.
"I've been an avid fan of Erin's beautiful photos of her flower farm on Instagram for years. Now, seeing her work preserved for posterity in a book is pure magic." - Stephen Orr, editor in chief, Better Homes and Gardens
"One of the leading voices in the farmer-florist movement, Erin is a tireless advocate for locally-grown flowers. Here she has put together an indispensable four-season growing guide that will inspire you to sow your own cutting garden-whether you plant one row or hundreds." - Melissa Ozawa, garden and features editor, Martha Stewart Living
"I met Erin Benzakein more than ten years ago when she was a young mom growing sweet peas and dreaming of making her living from flowers. With passion, focus and seemingly limitless endurance, Erin has achieved her dream. And now she's sharing that dream with the world - everyone from fellow flower enthusiasts to emerging farmer-florists to veteran designers yearning for a new, seasonal and sustainable model of floristry. The essentials are all here in the pages of Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden, and like everything Erin does, it is both lovely and practical. This is a comprehensive, must-have companion as you pursue your own authentic life in flowers." --Debra Prinzing, author and founder of slowflowers.com
"Among a sea of new florists and floral books, Floret Flowers stands out. Erin Benzakein's integrity, openness and passion for flowers is unmistakable. In her debut book she not only introduces us to the basics of growing our own flowers, she shares her deep love and understanding of gardening in a way that will leave even the most doubtful grower feeling inspired to get their hands in the dirt." --Grace Bonney, founder of Design Sponge and author of In the Company of Women
"Erin Benzakein is my flower hero and her book is my new flower bible. Not only is she the undisputed heart and soul of the farmer-florist movement, her arrangements are some of the most exquisite I've ever seen. Her first book is deliciously gorgeous and incredibly comprehensive- combining practical advice alongside a huge overdose of seasonal inspiration. Her secrets for extending the vase life of each variety are mind bendingly useful for me and will be referenced time and time again. My copy will be soil covered and weather beaten before long and cherished all the more for it." --Amy Merrick, Amy Merrick Flowers & Styling
"Do you love flowers? You're about to love them even more. Erin Benzakein's gorgeous new book, Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden, is equal parts inspiration and education. The photos will send you straight to the garden, eager to dig in and get growing. And Erin's clear, concise advice will help you do it well. She has succeeded in conveying the utter joy of growing flowers." --Lynn Byczynski, author of The Flower Farmer
"The creation of this beautiful book is testament to Erin Benzakein's commitment to and passion for the local flower movement. The layout is simultaneously appealing and practical; Floret's signature lush photographs beautifully illustrate all stages of cut flower production and design through the seasons. Inspirational and accessible, this is a volume that should grace every flower farmer's bookshelf." --Judy Laushman, Executive Director, Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, Inc.
"I've known of Erin's work with cut flowers for a while now. In the market farming circle, she's often referred to as the authority on the matter. After reading her new book (which is awesome!!), I now understand why she's so often praised. Filled with clear growing techniques, detailed harvesting instructions and other tips of the trade, this book is a true gift to anyone wanting to generate good income from the craft of flower farming on a small-scale. There is a great deal of interest in local, seasonal flowers and this book will help support and energize the movement even more. --Jean-Martin Fortier, author of The Market
About the Author
Erin Benzakein is a florist-farmer and founder of Floret Flower Farm. She lives, farms, and writes from her home in Washington's scenic Skagit Valley.
Julie Chai writes, edits, and hosts videos primarily on gardening topics. She lives and gardens in Los Altos, California.
Michèle M. Waite is a photographer based in Bellingham, Washington.
Top customer reviews
I messed up on some of her go-to flowers (my fault, not the boooks), but looking forward to next year for a do-over on Sweet Peas and Larkspur. Definitely a great inspiration.
Now for the book... the cover is just beautiful with "Cut Flower Garden" set into the book for a fun texture. All the photos were beautiful--- glossy pages would have really made this book AMAZING-- but I understand regular paper pages probably made this book MUCH more affordable for us buyers as it is a very THICK book.
This book covers so much! Alot of the info can be found on the blog, but it's so much nicer to just be able to thumb through to the right spot in a book---though not all the information on the website is there or as extensively there--- at least on some flowers. I wish they would include information on zones for flowers (instead of general--- "in places where winter is very cold" etc..), but that's how the info is presented on the blog too.
Anyways! I'm a tough critic in general & a researcher... more info could have been there sure but at 307 pages this is already a wonderful, extensive & textbook like resource! Amazing buy.