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The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers [Hardcover]

Debra Prinzing , Amy Stewart , David E. Perry
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Book Description

April 1 2012

Most flowers on the market today are imported, mass-produced and chemical-laden. The 50 Mile Bouquet introduces some of the innovative voices of the dynamic new Slow Flower movement: the organic flower farmers, the sustainably-motivated floral designers...and the flower enthusiasts who are increasingly asking, Where and how were my flowers grown, and who grew them?

With documentary-feature reporting and full color photographs, this visually elegant book takes us into the farms and design studios of these slow-flower folks to follow the green journey of the 50 mile bouquet. This is the first book to spotlight this major transformation in how cut flowers are grown, designed and consumed, which closely mirrors the locavore/slow food revolution in the culinary world.

The 50 Mile Bouquet is the slow flower guide to Organic Flower-Growing, Gathering and Design.

Foreword by Amy Stewart, author of Flower Confidential.

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The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers + The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower's Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers, 2nd Edition + Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm
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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 chemcial-laden...vibrant, not lifeless.

Come with us as we visit the dedicated farmers and desginers who are changing the way we think about the cut flowers in our lives. You'll never look at a corsage, flower arrangement or boutonniere the same way again. Your next birthday, anniversary or wedding celebration might just be the most gorgeous ever!

The 50 Mile Bouquetis 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.

"The stories and images in this book lead us forward, to a new way of enjoying unfussy, chemical-free, natural flowers. There's a nostalgia in these pages, but there is also a decidedly modern sensibility and an undercurrent of excitement over what the future holds for farmers, florists and flower lovers like me." - From the Foreword by Amy Stewart, author ofFlower Confidential

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3.0 out of 5 stars I liked it but more ‘how-to’ tips needed June 17 2014
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For the most part I did enjoy reading this book and admired the photos but I found it really lacking as far the providing “50 Mile Bouquet” content for the average consumer.

I had hoped there would be more helpful information rather than tips such as: cut flowers in the morning before the heat of the sun, cut flowers and branches on angles & strip lower leaves before placing in a vase — these are the things most people know about, especially the customers that this is (I think) is targeted to.

Would also have been a far more interesting read if growers/nurseries in the colder more challenged zones had been interviewed, e.g. Zone 3, 4, 5’s & how the market goers in small remote towns are able to sustain themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Dazzling!!!! March 28 2012
By elizabeth alexandra - Published on Amazon.com
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!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing book! March 26 2012
By KMillikin - Published on Amazon.com
"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!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rich and thoughtful March 30 2012
By Sean McCarthy - Published on Amazon.com
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Portrait of Flowers & their Growers March 27 2012
By RCannon, lifestyle writer - Published on Amazon.com
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!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful look at the future of floraculture March 24 2012
By NCordier - Published on Amazon.com
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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