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Petal & Twig: Seasonal Bouquets with Blossoms, Branches, and Grasses from Your Garden Hardcover – January 31, 2012
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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.
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 Times' Pacific 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.
A refreshing take on flower arranging, offering up inspiration for creations using plants from your own garden...
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.
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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.
Pretty bland nothing very exciting and unusual. Quite disappointed.
Petal & Twig: Seasonal Bouquets with Blossoms, Branches, and Grasses from Your Garden
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This book was a disappointment! For the price, I was expecting some new information I could use when doing floral designs. The book is small and was not helpful.Published 20 months ago by Darlene Underwood
This is a very small book, perhaps 7x7, and the photos are 3x3 or less. The photos are very tightly cropped, you seldom see an entire arrangement. Read morePublished on May 11, 2014 by J. Fox
Very nice arrangements, seasonal and easy to do. Made me start planning a cutting garden. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fresh flowers in their home.Published on March 29, 2014 by Lynn Ferda
Have I made any of these arrangements? Not yet. But I love flipping through the pages of this beautiful book.Published on July 14, 2013 by bambi3
I am a florist and sometimes I like to explore other peoples thought and experiences. This book gave me some fresh perspectives. Written well and fun for any floral enthusiast!Published on May 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Since I live in the same part of the country as Valerie, I always love to hear her opinions of gardening in our part of the world! Read morePublished on August 14, 2012 by Gramma Sheila