The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers Hardcover – Apr 1 2012
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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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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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My only complaint is that it wasn't long enough!
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. By using locally grown products, when they are in season, these "sustainable" designers are creating arrangements that fill the buyer with a sense of place and evoke memories of the fresh cut bouquets of yesterday.
There is an old saying that goes like this: "God loved the flowers so he invented the soil. Man loved the flowers so he invented the vase". Thanks to the work of seasonal, local and sustainable flower growers we now have the option to fill our vases with flowers that are as good for the earth as they are for our soul. Thank you Debra for telling this story. Buy Local!