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The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers Hardcover – Apr 1 2012

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: St. Lynn's Press (April 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983272646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983272649
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 2 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #250,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 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.

Author Debra Prinzing and photographer David Perry offer The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers as a narrative that is part pro le, part ecology argument, part trend spotter, supported by poignant photographs. This framework provides a human focus, essential for embracing the “grow and buy local” concept. Pro les of the smaller, local American growers humanize the ower business and present a compelling counterpoint to the large commercial operations in South America. The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers is engaging, educational and thought-provoking. -Lesley Fleming, Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture

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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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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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 31 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book July 4 2016
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One of the prettiest books in my garden library. It makes a great coffee table conversation piece. Photos are outstanding.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Dazzling!!!! March 28 2012
By elizabeth alexandra - Published on Amazon.com
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!
11 of 11 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
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.
11 of 12 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
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!
7 of 7 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
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!