Cancel

Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms

1 Review

Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms
Launch Sample

The Cut Flower Garden: Erin Benzakein is a florist-farmer, leader in the locaflor farm-to-centerpiece movement, and owner of internationally renowned Floret Flower Farm in Washington's lush Skagit Valley.

A stunning flower book: This beautiful guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous blooms year-round provides readers with vital tools to nurture a stunning flower garden and use their blossoms to create show-stopping arrangements.

Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Cut Flower Garden is equal parts instruction and inspiration—a book overflowing with lush photography of magnificent flowers and breathtaking arrangements organized by season. Find inspiration in this lush flower book:

  • Irresistible photos of Erin's flower farm that showcase exquisite blooms
  • Tips for growing in a variety of spaces and climates
  • Step-by-step instructions for lavish garlands, airy centerpieces, and romantic floral décor for every season

If you liked Paris in Bloom, you'll love Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden.

The Cut Flower Garden: Erin Benzakein is a florist-farmer, leader in the locaflor farm-to-centerpiece movement, and owner of internationally renowned Floret Flower Farm in Washington's lush Skagit Valley.A stunning flower book: This beautiful guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous blooms year-round provides readers with vital tools to nurture a stunning flower garden and use their blossoms to create show-stopping arrangements.Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Cut Flower Garden is equal parts instruction and inspiration—a book overflowing with lush photography of magnificent flowers and breathtaking arrangements organized by season. Find inspiration in this lush flower book:Irresistible photos of Erin's flower farm that showcase exquisite bloomsTips for growing in a variety of spaces and climatesStep-by-step instructions for lavish garlands, airy centerpieces, and romantic floral décor for every seasonIf you liked Paris in Bloom, you'll love Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden.
$23.96 23.96
$29.95 29.95
|Save 20% 20%
Special Item Info Text
View Product Details
ADD TO CART
save for later
12 New & Used from $15.26
Select Wishlist
Everyone (Public)
Just You (Private) - Sharing is Disabled
Select a Wishlist
Add to Wishlist
Advertising
Product Details
Sales Rank:
19,631
Pages:
308
Publication Date:
03/07/2017
ISBN13:
9781452145761
Product Dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.10(h) x1.10(d)
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Show More
About the Author
Erin Benzakein is a florist-farmer and founder of Floret Flower Farm. She lives, farms, and writes from her home in Washington's scenic Skagit Valley.

Julie Chai writes, edits, and hosts videos primarily on gardening topics. She lives and gardens in Los Altos, California.

Michèle M. Waite is a photographer based in Bellingham, Washington.
Show More
Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Basics 12

Laying the Foundation 17

Planning & Getting Started 19

Assess & Define Your Site 19

Perform a Soil Test 20

Design Your Plot 21

Do the Math 21

Decide What to Order 22

Take Advantage of Succession Planting 24

Maximize Small Spaces 25

Digging In 27

Go Organic 27

Feed Your Soil 27

Water Well 28

Manage Weeds 28

Get Planting 29

Essential Techniques 31

Starting Seeds 101 31

Supporting Your Flowers 36

Pinching 37

Caring for Cut Flowers 38

Tools of the Trade 41

Gardening Tools 41

Florist's Toolbox 44

Spring 46

Awakening to New Possibilities 51

Spring Tasks 52

Spring Bloomers 58

Biennials 59

Daffodils 62

Delicate-Fiowered Bulbs 68

Flowering Branches 72

Hardy Annuals 76

Iceland Poppies 83

Lilacs 86

Peonies 93

Ranunculuses 99

Sweet Peas 101

Tulips 106

Spring Projects 111

Lilac Infusion 112

Spring Flower Crown 114

Sherbet Butterfly Bouquet for Mom 116

Summer 118

Welcoming the Abundance 123

Summer Tasks 124

Summer Blooms, Edibles & Foliage 128

Cosmos 129

Dahlias 135

Fragrant Leaves 140

Fruits & Foliage 145

Lilies 149

Perennials 152

Roses 157

Snapdragons 162

Tender Annuals 167

Vegetables 173

Zinnias 177

Summer Projects 181

Dahlias en Masse 182

Summer Sunset Bouquet 184

Hand-Tied Market Bouquet 186

Autumn 190

Completing the Harvest & Putting the Garden to Bed 193

Autumn Tasks 196

Autumn Blooms, Edibles & Textural Stems 200

Black-Eyed Susans 201

Cabbages & Kales 206

Chrysanthemums 210

Fruiting Branches 215

Grains & Pods 219

Ornamental Grasses 223

Perennials 226

Pumpkins, Squash & Gourds 233

Sunflowers 238

Vines 245

Autumn Projects 249

Autumnal Wreath 250

Dutch Still Life 252

Vincent van Gogh 256

Winter 258

Settling into Winter Stillness 261

Winter Tasks 264

Winter Berries, Blooms & Foliage 268

Amaryllises 269

Berries & Blooms 272

Branches for Winter Forcing 279

Evergreen Cuts 282

Hellebores 287

Paperwhite Narcissuses 291

Winter Projects 295

Welcoming Wreath 296

Indoor Garden 298

Lush Garland 300

Resources 304

Acknowledgments 305

Index 306

Show More
Editorial Reviews
"I've been an avid fan of Erin's beautiful photos of her flower farm on Instagram for years. Now, seeing her work preserved for posterity in a book is pure magic." - Stephen Orr, editor in chief, Better Homes and Gardens

"One of the leading voices in the farmer-florist movement, Erin is a tireless advocate for locally-grown flowers. Here she has put together an indispensable four-season growing guide that will inspire you to sow your own cutting garden-whether you plant one row or hundreds." - Melissa Ozawa, garden and features editor, Martha Stewart Living

"I met Erin Benzakein more than ten years ago when she was a young mom growing sweet peas and dreaming of making her living from flowers. With passion, focus and seemingly limitless endurance, Erin has achieved her dream. And now she's sharing that dream with the world - everyone from fellow flower enthusiasts to emerging farmer-florists to veteran designers yearning for a new, seasonal and sustainable model of floristry. The essentials are all here in the pages of Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden, and like everything Erin does, it is both lovely and practical. This is a comprehensive, must-have companion as you pursue your own authentic life in flowers." --Debra Prinzing, author and founder of slowflowers.com

"Among a sea of new florists and floral books, Floret Flowers stands out. Erin Benzakein's integrity, openness and passion for flowers is unmistakable. In her debut book she not only introduces us to the basics of growing our own flowers, she shares her deep love and understanding of gardening in a way that will leave even the most doubtful grower feeling inspired to get their hands in the dirt." --Grace Bonney, founder of Design Sponge and author of In the Company of Women

"Erin Benzakein is my flower hero and her book is my new flower bible. Not only is she the undisputed heart and soul of the farmer-florist movement, her arrangements are some of the most exquisite I've ever seen. Her first book is deliciously gorgeous and incredibly comprehensive- combining practical advice alongside a huge overdose of seasonal inspiration. Her secrets for extending the vase life of each variety are mind bendingly useful for me and will be referenced time and time again. My copy will be soil covered and weather beaten before long and cherished all the more for it." --Amy Merrick, Amy Merrick Flowers & Styling

"Do you love flowers? You're about to love them even more. Erin Benzakein's gorgeous new book, Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden, is equal parts inspiration and education. The photos will send you straight to the garden, eager to dig in and get growing. And Erin's clear, concise advice will help you do it well. She has succeeded in conveying the utter joy of growing flowers." --Lynn Byczynski, author of The Flower Farmer

"The creation of this beautiful book is testament to Erin Benzakein's commitment to and passion for the local flower movement. The layout is simultaneously appealing and practical; Floret's signature lush photographs beautifully illustrate all stages of cut flower production and design through the seasons. Inspirational and accessible, this is a volume that should grace every flower farmer's bookshelf." --Judy Laushman, Executive Director, Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, Inc.

"I've known of Erin's work with cut flowers for a while now. In the market farming circle, she's often referred to as the authority on the matter. After reading her new book (which is awesome!!), I now understand why she's so often praised. Filled with clear growing techniques, detailed harvesting instructions and other tips of the trade, this book is a true gift to anyone wanting to generate good income from the craft of flower farming on a small-scale. There is a great deal of interest in local, seasonal flowers and this book will help support and energize the movement even more. --Jean-Martin Fortier, author of The Market
Show More
Customer Reviews (1)
Floret Flower Farm, Cut Flower Garden - a stunningly beautiful exa ...
Floret Flower Farm, Cut Flower Garden - a stunningly beautiful example of a "How-to" book. Part flower recipe, part feast for the eyes with photos from Michèle M. Waite, this book could just as easily be kept in the garden shed as it could on the coffee table. In reading the book, I never felt like Erin was speaking over my head, and actually ended the book feeling hopeful about succeeding in growing new varieties. Smartly laid out by season, each includes the flowers blooming at that time, how to grow, Erin's favorite varieties and very helpful tips on extending their vase life. The most helpful part of the book for me is how Erin demystifies tasks like pinching (which, how and when) and dividing tubers. No matter how many times I've been told where to cut a tuber, it never became clear to me until someone pointing to the spot to cut. A photo of Erin actually pointing to the spot is included in the Spring chapter!! Two thumbs up for the salt-of-the-earth attitude and gentle encouragement this book provides.
- MD-Sue
March 8, 2017
Advertising
Share
Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms
Hardcover (1)
ADD TO CART - $23.96
Add to Wishlist
NOOK Book (1)
ADD TO CART - $12.49
Add to Wishlist
Explore More Items
Learn how to create breathtaking bouquets from the master florists of Flower School New York. ...
Learn how to create breathtaking bouquets from the master florists of Flower School New York. Trendsetting celebrity designers, whose high-profile clients include Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Anna Wintour, Gucci, and Tom Ford, join forces with entrepreneur Eileen Johnson at this ...
(Originally published in hardcover as The Wreath Recipe Book) Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo, authors ...
(Originally published in hardcover as The Wreath Recipe Book) Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo, authors of The Flower Recipe Book and founders of Studio Choo, provide more than 100 step-by-step projects to make with flowering and leafy branches. In the ...
Make your own stunning floral table centerpieces with this beautiful and practical guide to flower ...
Make your own stunning floral table centerpieces with this beautiful and practical guide to flower arranging from a team of award-winning master florists. Arrangements to suit every occasion including weddings, Christmas, vintage tea parties, mother's day, birthdays, family get-togethers and ...
Lavishly illustrated history of Chinese floral art provides practical suggestions for applying traditional methods to ...
Lavishly illustrated history of Chinese floral art provides practical suggestions for applying traditional methods to modern settings. Features include: selecting flowers for symbolic qualities and beauty, complementing an arrangement with an appropriate vase and accessories, plus 42 illustrations that span ...
Learn the secrets to designing show stopping monochromatic arrangements in this spectacular guide from floral ...
Learn the secrets to designing show stopping monochromatic arrangements in this spectacular guide from floral artist Kiana Underwood of Tulipina.In this stunning book, Underwood shares her techniques for creating dazzling single-color displays using inspired ingredients, dramatic textures and vibrant colors. ...
In the current economy, prospective brides, party throwers, and commercial businesspeople are looking for ways ...
In the current economy, prospective brides, party throwers, and commercial businesspeople are looking for ways to create their own sophisticated arrangements, rather than hiring expensive third parties. With author Michael Gaffney's foolproof methods, Design Star brings readers into the world ...
This title teaches the full range of flower arranging techniques in an easy-to-follow format, enabling ...
This title teaches the full range of flower arranging techniques in an easy-to-follow format, enabling the reader to create all the designs from the very simple to the elaborate. You can make a classic Tulip Arrangement, Blue and White Tussie ...
In clear and logical terms, Judith Blacklock has turned hands-on lessons into written word. Illustrated ...
In clear and logical terms, Judith Blacklock has turned hands-on lessons into written word. Illustrated with hundreds of beautiful colour images and helpful line drawings, this book will enable you to create glorious floral designs with ease and enjoyment