Floristry Books to Study

My love of books has no limits. The knowledge contained within the pages, the stories, the photographs. Each new book is a welcome addition into my home. Studying floristry online has required searching for additional material. The perfect excuse to carry out some serious shopping for floristry books.

floristry books

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A best-selling guide to plants and flowers, updated and revised by the experts at RHS. Over 8,000 easy-to-find plants and flowers, with thousands of photographs will give you all the guidance you need. Each variety is photographed and the new “how to” section tells you all you need to know on cultivation, pruning and care. Plus, use the special plant selector to grow for every possible situation and condition, from sunless walls to sandy soil. The RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers is an expert guide to planning your dream garden, redesigned to aid navigation and make identifying plants easier than ever. The perfect addition to any gardener’s bookshelf.

What I think:
I really needed an encyclopaedia and this seemed like the best choice. Although it has been invaluable, I find the photos too small to fully appreciate each plant and flower. If anyone has a suggestion, I’d love to hear about more detailed encyclopaedias!

floristry books

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Dazzle your friends and family with elegant floral displays once you’ve passed “the course”, a combination of stylish design ideas and practical tips offered by the world-renowned teacher of flower arranging. Soon you will be creating exquisite, professional-looking arrangements. Every aspect of floral design, from finding inspiration to choosing suitable containers and accessories, is explored in depth. Sumptuous “palette spreads” bring to life the fundamentals of colour, shape, and texture, enabling you to apply them to your own creations. And, to ensure success, hundreds of close-up photographs graphically demonstrate each step of the technical processes, from cutting to wiring, preserving flowers to forming indoor topiaries.

What I think:
The fantastic Fabricio of Flor Studio recommended Jane Packer’s Flowers Design Philosophy to me. I had to buy the book second-hand as I wasn’t able to find a new edition. I have inhaled this book, absorbed the information, poured over the details. Absolutely brilliant.

floristry books

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In Jane Packer’s Flower Course, the celebrated florist covers the same ground as the highly regarded four-week career course taught in her flower school, putting her wealth of experience and her celebrated designs within the reach of every reader. This beautiful book is divided into three sections. covering irresistible floral gifts, gorgeous arrangements of all shapes and sizes, and fabulous party and wedding flowers. The emphasis throughout is on clarity and simplicity, so glorious photographs of finished arrangements are accompanied by step-by-step photographs and easy-to-follow instructions.

What I think:
Since I really enjoyed Flowers Design Philosophy and would so love to do the four-week course, this was the next-best option. More modern than the previous book, it is absolutely perfect to practise different arrangements while I’m studying.

floristry books

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Filled with an array of stunning, easy-to-find flowers, the Flower Recipe Book features 400 photos, more than 40 step-by-step instructions, and useful tips throughout. The arrangements run the gamut of styles and techniques: some are wild and some are structured; some are time-intensive and some are astonishingly simple. Each one is paired with a “flower recipe”; ingredients lists specify the type and quantity of blooms needed; clear instructions detail each step; and hundreds of photos show how to place every stem. Readers will learn how to work with a single variety of flower to great effect, and to create vases overflowing with layered blooms. To top it off, the book is packed with ideas for unexpected vessels, seasonal buying guides, a source directory, a flower care primer, and all the design techniques readers need to know.

What I think:
I have been following Studio Choo some time now on Instagram and came across their book while I was in Canada. The concept of the book is so simple and beautiful, easy arrangements presented recipe-style. I love the use of colour, their style and choice of flowers and foliage. I’ve pawed through this book endlessly but haven’t tried any of the “recipes” yet. I can’t wait.

floristry books

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Not everyone has a garden—but with only a handful of materials and a little bit of time, everyone can bring the beauty of nature into their home. Plant Craft features projects inspired by the natural world and made out of live plants, cut flowers, foraged branches, and more. Learn how to create a colourful floral mural, an elegant table centrepiece, a serene underwater sculpture, a whimsical mobile, and more. The step-by-step instructions are clear, easy to follow, and fully illustrated with colour photographs, and the projects vary in difficulty. Given the right care, they all have the potential to grace a home for a long time.

What I think:
On this new path that is unfolding in my life, the idea is to focus on creativity for events and photo shoots in the future. In other words, I don’t want to just learn how to make arrangements and bouquets. I want to make things with my hands. This is the best book I’ve come across for creative projects and it really helps to get ideas pumping.

There you have it, the round-up of books that I am finding indispensable while studying. If you have any recommendations, let me know in the comments!

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