On cold, dark winter days like today, I try desperately to get caught up on my reading lists and other to-do’s. Since so much of the year is devoted to physical labor around the farm, I savor this brief window of down time. I love the rare indulgence of cozying up on the couch with a fire roaring, a strong cup of coffee and a good book.
Most of my shelves are filled with business and marketing books alongside dozens of gardening and organic farming books. Among the many flower-focused books in my collection is little volume released last year, Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers.
￼I was honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with Lynn Byczynski, author of the The Flower Farmer and editor of Growing for Market, on the project. Lynn put so much time, effort and thought into creating a guide to support the local flower movement and the growing number of brides seeking to use local, seasonal and sustainable flowers for their wedding.
The 112-page book is specifically geared towards:
*DIY brides and eco-conscious couples committed to having a greener wedding celebration; and
*Flower farmers and passionate gardeners seeking to develop basic floral design skills in order to utilize their flowers in essential wedding elements
This little book is loaded with photos of wedding bouquets utilizing local, seasonal flowers grown and designed by fellow farmer-florists including Blue Cloud Farm, Buckeye Blooms and Alaska Stems.
The book is available from Growing for Market or as an e-book for the iPad, Kindle and Nook. Both the e-book and the print version of the book ￼include:
*Photo essays and practical tips for using locally grown flowers for DIY weddings
*Tips for calculating the number of flowers you’ll need for essential floral elements
*A list of flowers and foliage that is great to grow and use in wedding florals
*PLUS a bonus disc containing 75-minutes of video tutorials where I demonstrate how to create a classic European hand-tied bouquet, a large altar arrangement, a lush centerpiece and a corsage and boutonniere.
Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers is a solid resource for flower farmers and serious gardeners who are considering dipping a toe into the wedding business. It is also great for farmer-florists who offer flowers by the bucket. The book paired with bulk flowers can constitute a complete DIY flower package for brides and party hosts wishing to create their own floral arrangements.
Today I’m delighted to raffle off –THREE–copies of the book!
To enter, simply submit a comment to this post and share what’s on your winter reading list. I’ll randomly choose three winners and announce them here on the blog tomorrow. Good luck–and happy reading!
Teemie Eschenburg on
reading all I can find by Constance Spry, vintage reads on floral design. Hope to be selected to recieve your offering and hope to meet you soon. Blessings to you and yours. Teemie