The 50 Mile Bouquet
The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers is the first book to spotlight the "slow flower" movement movement; the dramatic transformation in how cut flowers are grown, designed and used. With documentary-feature reporting and breathtaking color photography, this visually elegant book takes us into the fields and studios to meet the dedicated farmers and designers at the forefront of this cultural shift.
The 50 Mile Bouquet is a storytelling project created by Debra Prinzing, a contributing garden editor to Better Homes & Gardens, and Seattle photojournalist David Perry. The creative team spent three years traveling the country to photograph, film and interview flower farmers and the talented floral, wedding and event designers who use the luscious ingredients they grow. The book closely mirrors the locavore and Slow Food revolution in the culinary world.
The 50 Mile Bouquet features profiles and practices of domestic flower farmers who are thriving in spite of foreign competition, which accounts for nearly 80 percent of cut flowers sold in the U.S. Their interviews with studio floral designers and retail flowers shop owners focus on their creative and sustainable practices, including how eco-couture designers source local and sustainably-grown ingredients and educate their customers about what it means to enjoy flowers "in the season." Hardcover. 144 pages. Over 160 photos.