Welcome to Part 1 of my top books for floristry
I love floristry books, if you were to pop into my florist shop one afternoon and took a quick peek in our office/kitchen/staff room you would find our book shelves. Shelves packed with a book and magazine collection that I started from my first day at college, when I was handed the suggested reading list by our floristry lecturer and then myself and Amazon became good friends!!
Now we all makes mistakes, and whilst most of the books on my shelves are excellent, a real source of knowledge, provide inspiration and are an enjoyable read, there are some that are not. I will keep that book list for another day!
Because I own so many books, which I think you will enjoy, I am splitting the list into parts. So here we go , Part 1, 5 books that you will find on my shelf that I think all floral enthusiasts and professionals alike will enjoy and find as useful as I have. The list is in no particular order.
Printed in paperback in a convenient A5 size and spiral bound with a wipe clean cover.
Cut Flowers A practical guide to their selection and care by SU WHALE
‘The only cut flower book you’ll ever need!’ First published in 2011 this bestseller is now found in floristry workrooms and classrooms across the UK and worldwide and is recommended by many leading floristry tutors. Fully revised and expanded, the fourth edition is packed with the same straight forward information on how to care for and condition over 160 fresh cut flowers both at the florists’ shop and in the home. Florists, floristry students, flowers arrangers, brides – indeed anyone who enjoys having flowers in the home will find this book invaluable. Filled with easy to follow care instructions, flower availability, colour range and vase life, there are also tips on simple arranging, the flowers suitability for wedding work and advice on drying and preserving. Every flower has been individually photographed in full colour, making identification easy. Arranged in alphabetical order of botanical names there is also an index of common names to help you find your favourite flower – plus a mini floral miscellany of wedding anniversaries, national flowers and rose meanings.
The Art of Flower Arranging by Paula Pryke
Paula Pryke, Britain’s acclaimed master floral designer, sets the paradigm for excellence throughout the world – so much so that she was recently awarded an OBE. One of her defining characteristics is to go back to nature – to flowers in the wild, natural state – for inspiration and bold colour combinations.
In this book, Pryke explores the process of how to move from the source of inspiration to the glorious finished flower arrangement. She ties together key aspects of making a good arrangement: mixing color, form, shape, texture, and scale; being inspired by how plants and flowers combine in nature; using foliage and fruit for visual surprise; and much more.
A separate section of the book discusses the ins and outs of tools and equipment, and the volume is rounded out with a catalogue of flowers organized into thematic types, which eases searching for the ideal flower – or alternates if the desired one is unavailable.
Packed with ideas, skills, and techniques, this book explores the latest trends, encourages the reader to let his or her creativity and personal style flow freely, and is sure to inspire professionals and beginners alike.
Wedding Flowers: Exceptional Floral Design for Exceptional Occasions by PAULA PRYKE
This sumptuous book showcases the work of one of today s most highly regarded floral designers. Paula Pryke leads you through every decision, from the choice of a theme to the selection of individual flower varieties, offering a wealth of ideas along the way. With fabulous suggestions for every aspect of wedding floral decoration, from the flower girls headdresses to the garlands on the top table, from the cake decoration to a grand…
SIMPLE FLOWER ARRANGING by MARK WELFORN & STEPHEN WICKS
Have you ever wondered how florists create such awe-inspiring floral arrangements that look like they’ve come straight out of a magazine? Well, now you can too! This inspirational and practical book will show you how to arrange flowers beautifully and create modern flower designs, whether it’s weddings, for the home and so much more!
Over 60 flower arranging projects to inspire you and unleash your creativity
– Arrangements are displayed step-by-step for professional-looking results
– Sumptuous photography inspires you to try new flower arranging ideas
– Expert tips and tricks throughout the book to maximize your potential
Discover a plethora of projects tailored to your home environment, from simple ideas to brighten up your kitchen table, to gorgeous chic wedding creations, this fantastic flower arranging book has something for everyone to discover. Featuring top tips including how to keep flowers fresh, and how to take a simple bunch of flowers and represent them with a florist’s touch, incorporating quirky and clever ideas to spark your creativity, from experimenting with colours and containers; to ribbons on roses; this all-encompassing flower book truly does have it all.
Decorate with Flowers: Creative Arrangements by HOLLY Becker & lesley shewring
In this gorgeous and unique book, Decorate author Holly Becker teams up with stylist Leslie Shewring to offer practical know-how and colourful inspiration for decorating the home with florals. Beginning with the basics of flower arranging and progressing on to decorating ideas for a range of styles–such as vintage, eclectic, and modern– with creative DIY flower and container projects peppered throughout, this book offers a bunch of fresh ideas for flower enthusiasts and home decorators on any budget.