Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm
By Debra Prinzing | Photography by Debra Prinzing
St. Lynn's Press, February 2013
Accolades for Slow Flowers:
“Debra Prinzing inspires us to slow down and smell the flowers, especially those grown in our own backyards or by local flower farmers.”
–Lara Spencer, ABC’s Good Morning America lifestyle anchor and New York Times best-selling author of I Brake For Yard Sales.
“Debra . . . challenged herself to create floral bouquets with locally grow flowers and foraged foliage for each of the 52 weeks of the year. It’s a feat perhaps as daunting as cooking every single recipe in Julia Child’s Joy of Cooking, as recorded in the popular book and movie Julie & Julia.”
–The Garden Conservancy
The slow food movement (with its hundreds of thousands of members and supporters) has changed our relationship with the foods in our lives. Now the slow flower movement is changing the way we think about cut flowers: Yes, we’d all prefer fresh, fragrant flowers in our bouquets, not the chemical-laden lifeless blooms flown in from afar – but what to do in those seasons when not much is growing locally?
Acclaimed garden writer Debra Prinzing challenged herself to create a beautiful, locally-grown bouquet for each of 52 weeks of one year (going beyond flowers to include ornamental twigs, foliage, greenhouse plants, dried pods, and more), to demonstrate that all four seasons have their own botanical character to be celebrated. She provides extensive design tips, bouquet “recipes” and region-by-region floral ingredient lists that can be found in all climate zones through the year. Slow Flowers is written from a DIY floral designer’s point of view, to inspire anyone to go green and make a beautiful bouquet with what’s at hand, no matter the season.
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