Monday, September 21, 2009

A Flower is an Object of Beauty...

Flower Arranging
Flowers are a work of nature and provide a spot of beauty that can go a long way to brightening someone’s day. These titles show how to make lovely floral arrangements that reflect individual taste and skill. Even if you are not inclined to be crafty, these books in themselves are inspirational and ideal for browsing.

Lucinda Rooney’s Bouquets with Personality is indeed what the title suggests; a book that reflects the unique personality of individual floral arrangements. Here an understanding of color, design, and botanical knowledge combine to produce magnificent three dimensional works of art.

Bill Murray’s Entertaining with Flowers: The Artistry of Bill Murphy ALFD offers stunning ideas for table arrangements. Contents include: Valentine Wedding Party, Spring Bridal Shower, Tropical Dinner Party, Summer Wedding, Garden Party, Fall Wedding, Retirement Celebration, Winter Wedding, and Specially-Themed Event.

Classic Floral Designs by Ed Smith is a showcase of basic techniques using round, fan shaped, vertical, and right triangle containers. Features unique to this book include advice on mixing candles and topiary designs, and for caring for your new arrangements.

Cindy Smith’s Splendid Flowers for Every Day beautifully covers arrangement ideas for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, reunions, weddings, friendship, cultural celebrations, and new life celebrations.

Flowers: the Book of Floral Design by Malcolm Hillier is a gorgeous coffee table book that not only examines flowers by color, but also catalogs plants by characteristic and scent.

A Master Guide to the Art of Floral Design by Alisa A. de Jong-Stout provides how-to guidance on the mechanics of creating various bouquets, and a stunning array of contemporary arrangements, some with an Eastern-inspired flair.

Know Your Neighbors
As we are sure you've noticed, members of the East Hampton Belltown Garden Club regularly grace our library with glorious and inventive arrangements. The Club meets in the library community room and sponsors gardener workshops, field trips, and town beautification projects. For more information, contact Peggy Becker @ 860-365-0533 or Gloria Standish @ 860-267-2633.
Post by Bev Simmons