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I really like the IDEA of this book - creating floral arrangements from foraged flowers which you, supposedly, have easy access to, and the sustainability of the "farm-to-vase" movement. But then you get into the book and find that the author's idea of "foraged" in many cases is to grow your own or find a neighbor who grows what you want and offer to buy from them. Um...ok , like I'm sure none of you guys ever thought of that before. Even though I live very near the author (New England), I've never seen a lot of the flowers in this book. She gives alternatives, but unless you know what they are, you will have to look them up because there is only a mention of them. A big pet peeve is that most of the photos have no captions, so if you don't KNOW what a certain flower is, you are sh!t out of luck (SOL). The author assumes that we should know what everything pictured is, and she assumes wrong.
A lot of these arrangements look scraggly too. I'm ok with things being a little less formal, but some of these arrangements just aren't well-balanced looking from a design perspective. And her colors - also I don't care for. She uses what she calls "tone-on-tone" color schemes, what I have always known as monochromatic and frankly, a little boring to my eye. I like pops of color. Personal preference.
This book also has basic floral arranging information such as how to use florist wire and tape, information which is readily available for free on-line. There are no arrangements in here that I want to make. I give it three stars because like I said, I like the IDEA of it and I don't want to poo poo it too much, but it's a big MEH for me.
I am a big fan of the author. But unfortunately, I think the photography, design, and styling in the book leaves a lot to be desired. Many of the photographs are detail or close up shots and there aren't enough photographs showing the complete arrangements from a distance so one can gain the overall effect of the designs. This, combined with the book's relatively small size made for a claustrophobic reading experience, to be honest. I also think the matte paper choice was a mistake because it naturally dulls the photos of the botanicals.