There has been a steady stream of beautiful flower-focused books that have been released within the last year.
I suppose I’m much more aware these days, given the release of my own book, Cut Flower Garden, in early March. It’s so exciting to see all the new flower books coming out. It feels like there have been as many new releases this past year than in the previous five years combined.
The stacks of new flower books on my shelf and in bookstores signals that there is a real shift happening in the industry. To me, it says that the local, seasonal flower movement is here to stay. It is encouraging to see how many big publishers have invested in these new titles and how many retailers have carved out precious shelf space to showcase the beauty of seasonal, sustainably-grown and responsibly foraged flowers.
Here’s a quick roundup of some of the newest flower books in my collection:
Last year, Ariella Chezar’s beautiful book, The Flower Workshop (read my review here), once again, raised the bar for seasonally-inspired floral design. Her inspirational work was followed up by the release of another visually stunning book, In Bloom: Creating and Living with Flowers by Ngoc Minh Ngo and later Foraged Flora: A Year of Gathering and Arranging Wild Plants and Flowers by Louesa Roebuck.
Late 2016 also marked the release of the adorable Flora Forager: A Seasonal Journal Collected from Nature by Bridget Beth Collins as well as as photographer Heather Saunders’ hauntingly beautiful book, Flower House Detroit, which captures the collaboration and community spirit of the floral art installation by the same name.
Alongside Cut Flower Garden, other recently released books featuring sustainably-grown and foraged florals include: Handpicked: Simple, Sustainable and Seasonal Flower Arrangements by Ingrid Carozzi of Brooklyn’s Tin Can Studio, Foraged Flower Arranging: A Step-by-Step Guide by Rebekah Clark Moody of Forage & Fleur, and from the UK, The Flower Book by Rachel Siegfried of Green and Gorgeous.
Hot off the presses is another gorgeous book, In Full Flower: Inspired Designs by Floral’s New Creatives by Gemma and Andrew Ingalls which just came out last week. I was honored to be included in the book alongside so many insanely talented designers I’ve had the opportunity to meet, work with and interview in this space, including Amy Merrick, Ariella Chezar, Mandy & Steve O’Shea, Sarah Ryhanen, Jill Rizzo + Alethea Harampolis and so many other floral design superstars.
Gemma’s remarks in the preface perfectly capture beauty of the art of floral design, “Similar to a memorable meal meticulously created and presented, only to be consumed shortly thereafter, flower art is living, nebulous, timebased stuff, to be appreciated in the moment, and then it’s fleetingly gone, back to the earth.”
If you haven’t gotten your copy or are on the fence, In Full Flower does not disappoint. Every page is dripping with beauty and full of inspiration.
Here are a few images Gemma & Andrew took while visiting last year that didn’t make it into the book:
I’ve also noticed that there seems to be a flurry of flower-related arts, crafts & culinary titles that have come out lately that have also caught my eye, including How To Draw Modern Florals by Ali Koch, Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants and the achingly beautiful and detailed book, Maggie Austin Cake: Artistry and Technique which highlights her absolutely amazing sugar flowers. I have been a huge Instagram fan for a long time and Maggie’s work is other worldly. The book is a true work of art.
Do you have any (or all) of these books? Which are your faves? Any other new releases I should add to my collection? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below. Happy Reading!