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					Flowers A to Z: Buying, Growing, Cutting, Arranging - A
 Beautiful Reference Guide to Selecting and Caring for
        the Best from Florist and Garden review




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  Product Description-Flowers A to Z: Buying, Growing, Cutting,
 Arranging - A Beautiful Reference Guide to Selecting and Caring
               for the Best from Florist and Garden
    In the main section, arranged alphabetically from Agapanthus to Zinnia for quick access, magnificent full-page photographs
     depict each flower at its finest. Smaller images offer handy visual guides, showing the difference between fresh and older
   flowers and demonstrating the care required for that particular type. A special quick-reference box on each flower offers: the
 flower's various names; the varieties in which it comes; available colours; scent; characteristics of freshness or aging; vase life
in number of days; and relative cost. Other features may include a flower's meaning in the language of flowers or other items of
               interest. A wonderful combination of beauty and practicality, this book is essential for any flower lover.

 Many people love the idea of a house full of fresh-cut flowers, but sadly, most have no idea how to select, care for, and arrange
  flowers, much less grow them. Flowers A to Z is a superb guide for anyone who enjoys flowers and wants to celebrate them in
      the home or garden. Author Cecelia Heffernan, a floral designer by trade, provides a wealth of information on how to cut,
 purchase, arrange, care for, and grow all types of flowers. The book is divided into sections covering everything leading up to a
  beautiful flower arrangement sitting on your dining room table. It begins with a chapter on hardware, which details all the basic
 tools--from floral shears to floral wire and tape--that you'll need for cutting and arranging flowers, as well as advice on choosing
  and caring for vases and other containers. The "Handling Flowers" chapter explains the proper way to cut, condition, and care
        for flowers to ensure the most attractive and long-lasting arrangements. The author sprinkles valuable tidbits of advice
    throughout the book. She suggests, for instance, that it is better to use branches or thick foliage as arranging aids instead of
floral foam, chicken wire, or other artificial aids, as those can shorten the vase life of flowers significantly. This section concludes
 with a concise and informative guide to growing flowers in your home garden. The final section, which makes up the bulk of the
  book, is an alphabetically arranged guide to flowers from agapanthus to zinnia. Each flower is depicted in a gorgeous full-page
 photograph, while smaller images show the flowers in different stages of development, illustrating the difference between fresh
   and older flowers. The informative text is written in a handy reference style, detailing the specifics of each flower: its scientific
     name, available colors, scent, how long the blooms will last after being cut, relative cost, and other useful information. The
     gorgeous photographs, accessible text, and handy cross-referencing will surely inspire many readers to fill their homes and
                                                gardens with blossoms. --Robin Donovan



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Customer Reviews:
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful Finally..A fabulous guide for cut flowers, March 28, 2001 By skytrader99
(Oakland, CA United States)
This review is from: Flowers A to Z: A Practical Guide to Buying, Growing, Cutting, Arranging (Hardcover) For anyone who
enjoys flowers, this book is a must! Full of artfully done full-page color photos, it contains a wealth of information on cut flowers.
What I really liked was the types of flowers the author choose to include, hydrangea, fritillaria, peonies as well as many other
unique varieties. Very upscale and cutting edge, this is not your run of the mill book on daisies. Each flower contains 2 full
pages and includes growing and arranging tips, as well as care and handling. An indispensable reference.

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful Simply Stunning, August 7, 2001 By Dominic Smith (Australia)
This review is from: Flowers A to Z: A Practical Guide to Buying, Growing, Cutting, Arranging (Hardcover) Not only is this book
packed with the most gorgeous photographs, but also it's also full of practical advice. As the title suggests, it is arranged in
alphabetical order so that looking for the flower you are after is quick and easy. Each flower is presented with a double page
spread, and includes tips on buying, growing, arranging and cutting. It's an extremely useful reference with information on
important flower-related problems such as how to make each flower last longer in the vase, what's poisonous, etc. it even gives
you the meaning of flower names. Even if you're not into the practical side of arranging flowers, this book is equally valuable as
a stunning coffee table book.

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful

Great For Your Reference Library or Your Coffee Table, July 7, 2001 By Dr. Stephen Rittner (Boston, Ma.)
This review is from: Flowers A to Z: A Practical Guide to Buying, Growing, Cutting, Arranging (Hardcover) "Flowers A to Z" is a
wonderful resource that is definitely needed. Essentially it is a dictionary of flowers, containing information about names, colors,
vase life, how to tell freshness, availability, designing tips and more!! But what a dictionary!!!! It is a very large and visually
stunning book, lavishly illustrated with beautiful photographs. "Flowers A to Z" provides very practical information about floral
product in a format that elevates the content to an art book! Pros and hobbyists alike will appreciate it for both its content and
presentation. "Flowers A to Z" would be equally appropriate in your reference library or on your coffee table.

				
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