Two years ago this week, our tiny Floret Team huddled in my dining room to celebrate the release of my book, Cut Flower Garden.
Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined how far the book would travel or the impact it would have on so many people!
Virtually every day I get notes from readers who share that the book inspired them to grow flowers for the very first time. I love hearing their stories of tucking some flowers into their veggie patch or even tilling up part of their backyard to create their own cut flower garden. The most gratifying, however, are the letters from readers who want to let me know how much joy flowers have brought to their lives. These personal notes mean the world to me.
My goal in writing the book was to encourage others to plant more flowers and cultivate more beauty in the world. So it is thrilling to learn that the book has helped so many people do just that.
Incredibly, the book is now in its 11th printing, after selling more than 85,000 copies.
Cut Flower Garden has been translated into five languages so far, including:
- German: published by Verlagsgruppe Random House
- Korean: published by Hans Media
- Russian: published by Mann, Ivanov, and Ferber
- Simplified Chinese: will be published by Hubei Science and Technology Press in the autumn of 2019
- French: will be published by Museo Editions in the autumn of 2019
It is amazing to see the many far-flung places across the globe that this little book has traveled. That’s all thanks to you and an amazing international flower community!
In addition to being featured in many magazines, the book received the prestigious 2018 American Horticultural Society Book Award.
Another fun fact: Cut Flower Garden may have a cameo appearance in the background of an upcoming television show!
Adding to the excitement, we just turned in the final manuscript and photos for book #2!
While my first book, Cut Flower Garden, focused primarily on growing flowers, the next book will explore creative ways to incorporate homegrown and seasonal flowers into everyday life. Book #2 will feature simple, inspiring ways to bring the beauty of local flowers indoors as well as detailed how-to’s on how to create seasonal floral designs.
Although Chronicle Books hasn’t yet finalized an exact release date yet, we hope to get it into the hands of flower lovers by Valentine’s Day 2020. I’ll be sharing more details in a couple weeks, so stay tuned.
I am also thrilled to announce that we just signed a contract with Chronicle Books for a THIRD book! Book #3 is going to be dedicated exclusively to dahlias. A huge thank you goes to Floret readers who responded to past surveys and weighed in on your favorite flower varieties. Your feedback was instrumental as we debated the focus for the next book. Flower lovers are hungry for more information about dahlias and I can’t wait to dive deep into growing this cut flower garden beauty!
To express my gratitude and to celebrate the many flowers growing across the globe thanks, in part, to Cut Flower Garden, I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway.
Three lucky Floret readers will receive a deluxe gift set filled with Floret magic. The goody box includes a signed copy of the book, an assortment of Floret seeds, our garden journal, notebook trio, plus a few other surprises.
To enter to win, simply post a comment below. In it, please share what flower you are most excited to grow (or give others) this season. Note: if your comment doesn’t appear right away, please sit tight. We have a spam filter that requires we approve comments before they are published.
UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. A huge congratulations to our 3 winners: Alice Ta, Lynette L. and Barbara Slegers-Hudson
Plus, all this week we’re tucking 4 packets of free Floret Seeds in with every copy of Cut Flower Garden that’s ordered in the Floret Shop. Free seeds are available March 4-8, 2019 or while supplies last.
Please note: the free seeds are available with domestic orders only.
Unfortunately, we are unable to include them with international book orders due to customs restrictions.
I’m so grateful for the many letters, kind comments, heartfelt reviews and shout outs on social media over the last two years.
Special thanks also goes to all of the independent book stores, garden shops and libraries for making Floret’s first book available to local communities.
Your enthusiastic support has been amazing!