The posy book Garden-inspired bouquets that tell a story ; with a modern floral dictionary

Teresa H. Sabankaya

Book - 2019

"Inspired by the Victorian-era language of flowers, a posy is a small, round bouquet of flowers, herbs, and plants meant to convey a message, such as dahlias for gratitude, sunflowers for adoration, or thyme for bravery. These floral poems have become Teresa Sabankaya's signature. Brides want them for their weddings, but a posy is a lovely gift any time of year, and one that readers can easily put together from their garden or with blooms from their local florist. In The Posy Book, Sa...bankaya shares step-by-step instructions, floral recipes for more than 20 posies, and ideas for seasonal variations. A modern floral dictionary, with 12 original paintings by celebrated illustrator Maryjo Koch, will help readers craft their own posies filled with personal meaning." -- Amazon.com.

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Published
New York, NY : The Countryman Press, a division of W. W. Norton & Company [2019]
Language
English
Physical Description
254 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (page 249) and index.
ISBN
9781682682630
1682682633
Main Author
Teresa H. Sabankaya (author)
Other Authors
Danyelle Dee (photographer), Maryjo Koch (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Santa Cruz florist Sabankaya presents a guide to creating expressive bouquets distinguished by its thoughtfulness, attentiveness to purpose, and wild enthusiasm for creative expression ("Oh boy! Talk about textures!" she writes in one headnote). A posy is a small bouquet, "domed" in shape and presented with a small tag that describes the meaning of each flower. For example, "The Cheer Up Posy" is made from hellebore ("a beautiful year ahead"), pieris ("happy thoughts"), forsythia ("good nature") and lamb's ears ("softness, support") intended to help "someone get out of a down-low state, and into happier thoughts." Sabankaya shares 22 such recipes: a list of ingredients, a labeled photograph, a guide to seasonal availability and alternate ingredients, and sometimes a design tip, such as to use "both the bloom and the leaves," the latter being a "way to add fullness and/or color and texture." She also provides a brief history of posies, general instructions for making one, and lists of florists' sources for materials. Most notably, she includes an 80-page "New Language of Flowers Dictionary," an anthology of definitions from history, with her original entries added. Her accessible recommendations for crafting a distinctive message in flowers will inspire crafters and gardeners alike to give more meaning to their creative gifts. Agent: Lindsay Edgecombe, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. (May) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Inspired by the Victorian-era language of flowers, this beautiful book shares step-by-step instructions and floral recipes for more than 20 posies, which are small, round bouquets of flowers, herbs and plants that convey a message and are filled with personal meaning.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Inspired by the Victorian-era language of flowers, a posy is a small, round bouquet of flowers, herbs, and plants meant to convey a message, such as dahlias for gratitude, sunflowers for adoration, or thyme for bravery. These floral poems have become Teresa Sabankaya’s signature. Brides want them for their weddings, but a posy is a lovely gift any time of year, and one that readers can easily put together from their garden or with blooms from their local florist.In The Posy Book, Sabankaya shares step-by-step instructions, floral recipes for more than 20 posies, and ideas for seasonal variations. A modern floral dictionary, with 12 original paintings by celebrated illustrator Maryjo Koch, will help readers craft their own posies filled with personal meaning.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“Like a favorite recipe, a posy is meant to be savored and shared. Try it yourself, and … welcome a bit of floral enchantment into your life.” —Amy Stewart, author ofThe Drunken Botanist