The 50 Mile Bouquet

The 50 Mile Bouquet : Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers

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Most flowers on the market today are imported, mass-produced and chemical-laden. 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?

With documentary-feature reporting and full color photographs, this visually elegant book takes us into the farms and design studios of these slow-flower folks to follow the green journey of the 50 mile bouquet. This is the first book to spotlight this major transformation in how cut flowers are grown, designed and consumed, which closely mirrors the locavore/slow food revolution in the culinary world.

The 50 Mile Bouquet is the slow flower guide to Organic Flower-Growing, Gathering and Design.

Foreword by Amy Stewart, author of Flower Confidential.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 210 x 211 x 20mm | 553g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0983272646
  • 9780983272649
  • 370,075

Back cover copy

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 Bouquet "is 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 of "Flower Confidential "
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Review quote

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. 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. 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
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About Debra Prinzing

Debra Prinzing is highly visible in the world of garden writing, and is the newly elected president of the 1800-member Garden Writers Association of America. An outdoor living expert, she is a contributing editor for Better Homes & Gardens and Garden Design magazine and writes for top shelter and consumer publications. She is the author of five books, including Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways (with photographer William Wright; Clarkson Potter, 2008).
David E. Perry's photographs have appeared in major corporate ads, magazines and books. His popular blog, A Photographer's Garden, brings thousands of readers together each week.
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