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Cutting Flowers

Whether you are interested in growing your own flowers for arrangements, using the existing flora around your home, or making the most of the flowers you buy, these books will introduce you to the basic techniques and floral designer tricks to make a beautiful bouquet. The following books provide different ideas for floral arrangements not only in design but in items to use in bouquets. From branches and seed pods to greenery and roses, the ideas in these books should provide inspiration for year round enjoyment.

For another opportunity to enjoy flowers and learn about what it takes to grow roses come to the Midtown Workshop Series on Thursday, June 28 at 6pm at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library to hear from award winning rose gardener Stan Horton. Call to register at 417-862-0135.

Floret Farm's cut flower garden : grow, harvest & arrange stunning seasonal blooms by Erin Benzakein with Julie Chai ; photographs by Michèle M. Waite
A stunning flower book: This beautiful guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous blooms year-round provides readers with vital tools to nurture a stunning flower garden and use their blossoms to create show-stopping arrangements.

The flower recipe book by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo of Studio Choo
Flower arranging has never been simpler or more enticing. The women behind Studio Choo, the hottest floral design studio in the country, have created a flower-arranging bible for today's aesthetic. Filled with an array of stunning, easy-to-find flowers, it features 400 photos, more than 40 step-by-step instructions, and useful tips throughout.

Foraged flora : a year of gathering and arranging wild plants and flowers by Louesa Roebuck and Sarah Lonsdale ; photography by Laurie Frankel
Foraged Flora is a new vision for flowers and arranging. It encourages you to train your eye to the beauty that surrounds you, attune your senses to the seasonality and locality of flowers and plants, and to embrace the beauty in each stage of life, from first bud to withering seedpod.

The 50 mile bouquet : seasonal, local and sustainable flowers by Debra Prinzing ; photographed by David E. Perry ; foreword by Amy Stewart
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?

Handpicked : simple, sustainable, and seasonal flower arrangements by Ingrid Carozzi of Tin Can Studios ; text, Eva Nyquist ; photographs, Paul Brissman
Organized by season, the book presents simple step-by-step instruction (how to measure, cut, and place each bloom) for making more than 35 arrangements. Whether you want to learn how to work with chicken wire and tape to create a simple framework or try your hand at arranging delicate and oversize blooms, Carozzi offers a detailed tutorial on her tricks of the trade.

Ikebana : the art of arranging flowers by Shozo Sato ; foreword by Kasen Yoshimura
Ikebana, or Japanese flower arranging, is more than just putting flowers in a container. Ikebana is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing, where nature and humanity are brought together. Written by renowned Ikebana expert Shozo Sato, Ikebana: The Art of Arranging Flowers is a classic Ikebana text updated for modern readers.

Slow flowers : four seasons of locally grown bouquets from the garden, meadow and farm by Debra Prinzing
Slow Flowers is written from a DIY floral designer's point of view, to inspire anyone to go green and make a beautiful bouquet with what's at hand, no matter the season. 

Color me floral : stunning monochromatic arrangements for every season by Kiana Underwood ; photographs by Nathan Underwood
In this stunning book, Underwood shares her techniques for creating dazzling single-color displays using inspired ingredients, dramatic textures and vibrant colors.


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