This book makes you want to run
right out and cut a bundle of something to dry so you can make something gorgeous
The fact that this book was first published
in 1987 and is still being printed is testimony to the valuable
information and beautiful photos contained inside.
When the two authors first penned this
book, they had already been in the dried flower business for 17 years.
Their expertise and understanding of their craft shows in every word they
Chapters include instructions for growing
the plants, viewing what the plants look like when dried, choosing your
wreath bases or making your own, constructing wreaths, hangings, bouquets,
swags, and choosing containers for table arrangements.
One of the best features is the chart at
the back of the book that lists a hundred or more plants, their botanic
names, which season to harvest the flowers or leaves and which drying
method is the preferred for that plant.
There is a short reference to potpourri
with several recipes, as well as a couple of pages on pressing flowers.
The section on Seasons and Special Occasions covers, not only the
obligatory Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, but gives innovative ideas
It is wonderful that the authors actually
grow much of what they dry and that they air dry most of what they pick.
Every page has a tip or set of instructions
to make your arrangements with dried flowers both successful and fun.