Foraged flora A year of gathering and arranging wild plants and flowers

Louesa Roebuck

Book - 2016

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Published
Berkeley : Ten Speed Press 2016.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
264 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
ISBN
9781607748601
1607748606
Main Author
Louesa Roebuck (author)
Other Authors
Sarah Lonsdale (author), Laurie Frankel (photographer)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

With floral design emphasizing seasonal material, designer Roebuck and author Lonsdale chronicle featured design jobs by month. Photos of the installations are stunning and bold, but there is little if any how-to included in the collection. The text is a mix of poetry, quotes, and narrative focusing on a particular project. Insight into Roebuck's creative process must be sieved from the rambling prose. Designs feel wilder, sometimes rangy, trying to tie into the aesthetic of Roebuck's glamorous clientele. VERDICT With no instruction and no assembly information, there is little here for beginners. Therefore, the book is recommended only for confident intermediate to advanced floral design students.. Copyright 2016 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A gorgeously photographed new take on flower arranging using local and foraged plants and flowers to create beautiful arrangements, with ideas and inspiration for the whole year.Roadside fennel, flowering fruit trees, garden roses, tiny violets; ingredients both common and unusual, humble and showy, Foraged Flora is a new vision for flowers and arranging. It encourages you to train your eye to the beauty that surrounds you, attune your senses to the seasonality and locality of flowers and plants, and to embrace the beauty in each stage of life, from first bud to withering seedpod. Organized by month, each chapter in this visually arresting and inspiring book focuses on large and small arrangements created from the flowers and plants available during that time period and in that place, all foraged or gleaned nearby. The authors reflect on surprising and beautiful pairings, the importance of scale, the scarcity or abundance of raw materials, and the environmental factors that contribute to that availability.  Whether picking a small tendril of fragrant jasmine, collecting oversized branches of flowering quince, or making a garland of bay laurel, Foraged Flora is an invitation to seek out the beauty of the natural world.