Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms (Gardening Book for Beginners, Floral Design and Flower Arranging Book) Info

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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 gardening book and 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 and cut
flowers to create show stopping arrangements. It makes a beautiful gift
for any occasion, for friends, loved ones and gardening lovers
alike!
Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Cut
Flower Garden
is equal parts instruction and inspiration—a
flower gardening 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
    florist design and décor for every season

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

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Reviews for Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms (Gardening Book for Beginners, Floral Design and Flower Arranging Book):

5

March 7, 2017

Incredible starter for anyone looking to grow amazing, unique blooms.
Wow, what an accomplishment. I've been scouring Erin Benzakein's website and blog since I started farming flowers about 3 years ago, and I could not have accomplished what I have without her and her incredible team. This book compiles a lot of what she has already written about, but also includes tips on post-harvest care for flowers, varieties of woody shrubs and trees that work well for floral design and wholesale, and a seasonal calendar of tasks for the garden. It is incredibly useful, and it's obvious that Erin has poured her soul into it. If you are just starting out in flower farming and floral design, this is the book to buy. As a current flower farmer, I wish I'd had this book a long time ago! My only complaint is that while the book is perfect for beginners, and has more knowledge packed into it than others of its kind, it's not a blueprint for success in flower farming. I was hoping to find a good resources section, maybe on how and from whom to buy wholesale quantities of seed and plants, or how to plan succession plantings, or how to manage a team of people. But these things are beyond the scope of this book, which is definitely geared toward home gardeners (understood, that's a bigger audience) so I'm looking forward to Erin's next book: Floret Farm's Flower Business Bible.
3

January 31, 2018

Flowers in photos should be identified with captions!
It's a beautiful book but so frustrating that most of the photographs don't have captions! The flowers in the photographs should all be identified in a book about how to grow flowers!
5

August 8, 2018

Beginner ME !
I got interested in Gardening just this year. I searched Amazon for a book on Gardening, and thought this one looked right...not very expensive and not too overwhelming...just right.

What I like first, is her excitement. Author loves flowers - Cut Flowers ! I thought cutting flowers was a No No :) But it is not, it is a Yes Yes. Who knew that cutting flowers actually makes more Blooms ! Second I love the easy to follow tips for planting and growing and even arranging. Erin picks out about a dozen plants and explains watering, spacing and feeding. I have Learned Way Too Much About Compost in the last few months!! (of course you never know too much about compost)
This also makes a great reference book. Perhaps you want to start out slow and tackle some other things in following years, so you can look at following chapters - or you can skip around.

Erin's excitement is contagious and I find myself planting Sweet Peas, which I had never before heard of. My Petunias and Zinnias are doing well and I can't wait for my Chrysanthemums. I have my pinching and cutting tools all ready...c'mon blooms ! This book was very valuable to this beginner.
1

April 4, 2017

Incredibly disappointed—much better information in her blog!
Like many others, I pre-ordered and anxiously awaited this book, and as one reviewer mentioned, “I wanted to like this book before it came. I am disappointed.” Unfortunately it didn’t even come close to living up to my expectations. Like her previous book, Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers, the photography was mediocre, at best. I don’t understand why Erin, who has a husband who takes beautiful photographs, would hire a photographer who takes out of focus, poorly composed photos! The composition of the photographs is okay at best but terrible in several (see pages 172, 222, 260, & 262). Many of the photos are out of focus, “dreamy” some say (I doubt that it’s entirely attributable to the paper quality; see pages 50, 159, & 205), and monotonous, repeatedly showing Erin holding large bouquets and looking out over her shoulder. Blurry photographs of Cosmos and Dahlias disrupt the flow of text on these flowers. Some of the photographs that would have been more useful are those that lack a caption as to what they are, and they are not matched by information on the opposing page (the Earthway seeder is mentioned on p. 41, but the photo of it is on p 42, across from a description of the wheel hoe; someone who is not familiar with these tools may mistake one for the other.)

As for content, a much better offering from Erin is through her blog. She has done a great service by providing lots of detailed information on planning and planting, all free! I was hoping the book would be similarly structured. I find the book’s content is not organized in a way that makes it useful as any kind of reference for me.

Perhaps this is an example of the “Emperor’s New Clothes;” so many people seem to be enamored by this book. If nothing else, Erin did a tremendous job of marketing the book before it was even released, and perhaps that is the real reason for its immediate success.

For me, the only good thing is that I pre-ordered this book so that I didn’t pay full price for it.
5

June 30, 2017

My favorite book!
I recently bought a home with unfinished landscaping (bare dirt). In preparation to finish it off with a desire of doing it right the first time, I've read over 50 books on gardening in the last 2 months (about growing vegetables, flowers, and general landscaping books), and this one is easily my favorite. Stunning pictures, really helpful information, and now I'll know how to grow flowers to make beautiful bouquets for my home and to give to friends. I feel like I could even turn the flower growing/arranging hobby into a business if I wanted to because of this book! I am comfortable choosing locations for flowers and making the best use of space. Best book I've read in a long time and I just felt so happy reading it from the beautiful pictures! I'm a graphic designer and the pictures and layouts really spoke to me. I think the author and I would be fast friends if we were to meet in person. Erin, thanks a bunch for writing this book!!!
5

May 16, 2017

Epic Book
Wow. Wow. Wow. Erin. She amazes me. She is a trailblazer in the Cut Flower Farm Industry right now. Her aesthetic with her website it stellar, so I was expecting her book to be also and it did not disappoint! She is simply amazing. She is so admirable how much she tries to help the small flower grower and share what she has learned from trial and error. I am often telling people about her, that they have to know about her. I'm a UCMaster Gardener so I'm talking a lot to people about plants, etc. but Erin she makes me want to be twenty years younger and turn my acerage into a flower farm. She is truly inspiring.

I've given this book as a gift twice now and keep my copy on the coffee table. I think this book will go down as one of the most iconic gardening books. I'm grateful to Erin for her passion and hard work, she's authentic and generous and we need more like her.
1

April 22, 2017

Oddly organized. Hard to link photos with written text ...
Oddly organized. Hard to link photos with written text. Most photos have no accompanying text to say what they are of. The projects are small photos that aren't that clear. Each section is organized differently - making it hard to tell if you are looking at a sub-section, a main section, or a small aside in terms of the importance of the information. Includes no selling information. No specific information for marketing flowers, for packing orders, for keeping paperwork.
5

April 17, 2017

but looking forward to next year for a do-over on Sweet Peas and Larkspur
Lovely book. I'm a novice gardener looking for inspiration and this book has so many pictures that just make you wish you had a larger garden. It was a bit more geared towards flower farms, but can be applied to every other home gardener who has some space to work with. I'm excited to try some of her tricks on my Zinnias and Cosmos.

I messed up on some of her go-to flowers (my fault, not the boooks), but looking forward to next year for a do-over on Sweet Peas and Larkspur. Definitely a great inspiration.
3

February 6, 2018

Kindle version is not complete
I would LOVE to be able to read this book all the way through but there are many pages missing! Out of each chapter, 3 to 10 pages are blank with obvious gaps in the writing, not just extra blanks. Maybe amazon will refund me so I can order the paper version if they can't fix the kindle version.
3

April 4, 2017

Good info, lack of inspirational photos
This book contains a wealth of information for a newby flower farmer or home gardener. The writing is concise, clear and to the point. It's a great book to keep on hand for this info. However, I must admit I am quite disappointed in the quality of the photographs throughout the book. Erin and Floret have created quite a following on social media with their beautiful, clear, clean and bright photos - and the book does nothing to come close to those photos. Perhaps it is the paper type or quality that does not lend itself well to photography, but the photos are dull, muted and not near the inspiration of her blog, FB page or instagram. I can honestly say that the Cut Garden Planning Kit that I downloaded and printed from the Floret website after pre-ordering the book has brighter, livelier color on regular copy paper, printed on a 15 year old HP printer than the photos in the book. Disappointed in the lack of inspiration from the book, satisfied with the basic knowledge provided from her experience.
3

April 4, 2017

Not useful to me
Expected much more. Not useful to me. The quality of the paper is not great. Went looking for info about particular flowers and found just a general description, that is a common knowledge anyway. Also needed info on care for flowers in cooler climates, but found none. I was so waiting for this book as it was greatly advertised, but in the end I hate to say it was a disappointment.
1

April 23, 2017

Not useful for experience flower farmers, barely useful for new flower farmers
The book was just ok for a person with no flower farming experience to read and get inspired to grow. The information was extremely superficial, there are definitely no new information that could be useful to anyone with more than 5 years of growing experience. This book is truly just for her Erin's fans who follow her instagram and facebook pages, so the fans can add to their coffee table.
2

April 25, 2017

Not what I expected. Limited value to the home ...
Not what I expected. Limited value to the home gardener who wants to grow flowers for cutting. Paper quality not up to expectations. While the grower is very attractive, there were way too many photos of her included.
5

November 23, 2018

Something For Every Flower Grower
I had been following Erin’s flower column in the publication Growing For Market for years. When she wrote her book I got it on kindle as it was cheaper. Well after a year I got the hardback too. I’ve referred to it many many times this growing season. Her detailed instructions are worth the price, but there are gorgeous photographs of the recommended blooms during each season. Despite her success I find Erin still down to earth. One of her strengths is commitment to helping new and existing flower farmers achieve their dreams. I highly recommend checking out her new online class for flower farmers, both large and small. Floret is only two acres! Don’t think your garden plot is too small for success. Don’t think you can’t benefit from her book either, no matter how long you have been growing. She is working on a second book, which won’t come out soon enough for me!
3

April 13, 2017

Cannot beat Erin's AMAZING BLOG
I'm so happy Erin published a book - the photos are beautiful, as is her story. However, because her online content was so excellent over the years, and the information so in-depth, I had hoped to garner even more insight into her flower farming strategies through this book. I was hoping for a "workshop to-go" :) The depth of information in this book is quite basic and only skims the surface of her previously published blog info. Scour her posts there if you want to learn more, and pick up the book if you want some gorgeous coffee table eye candy and photographic inspiration.
5

August 28, 2018

Most beautiful book!
Love, love, love this beautiful book, and have been taking notes as I go so I can make 2019’s garden more beautiful & productive than ever!
2

July 22, 2017

Disappointing and VERY poorly produced book
The production of this book is lacking. It is very difficult to read since the tiny text disappears into the binding of the book. There is loads of white space and it is a mystery why they would not have used some of it in the gutter space so that you could actually read the text. The pictures are lovely in composition but poorly produced and again ultimately too small. I had so such hopes for this book, but really found this book both in substance and in production quite lacking. It would have been great if the book didn't have these issues - AND if it had been produced so that it could lay flat while you make an arrangement. THAT would have been genius.
5

Aug 02, 2017

This gorgeous book was the perfect resource at the perfect time.

I've long wanted a cut flower garden, and have slowly implemented more and more plants. This book was everything I needed to know to fill in the gaps in my knowledge. Everything from how to keep the massive plants upright to keeping specific flowers alive longer in vases to the best strains or most vibrant colors. And not only flowers, there were sections on greenery and even appropriate vegetables.

The photos were beautiful, and This gorgeous book was the perfect resource at the perfect time.

I've long wanted a cut flower garden, and have slowly implemented more and more plants. This book was everything I needed to know to fill in the gaps in my knowledge. Everything from how to keep the massive plants upright to keeping specific flowers alive longer in vases to the best strains or most vibrant colors. And not only flowers, there were sections on greenery and even appropriate vegetables.

The photos were beautiful, and since I'm in the same general area as the author, every timing tip was spot on. I got this from the library but will definitely be purchasing a copy for continuing reference. ...more
2

March 27, 2018

Pretty picture book but not a complete go-to reference with easy to access information.
I have been an avid reader of Erin's blog and found the information there very useful and so was looking forward to her book which I requested as a Christmas gift. I expected it to be the go-to reference I needed for growing flowers in my garden with all the info I needed in one place. Sadly, I was disappointed to find the published book to be a mere shadow of the information on her blog. The format is disorganized and information is difficult to find in the text. For instance, the section on growing sweet peas does not even contain the complete how to list from her blog. Oh yes, it is a pretty picture book with lots of artsy photos from her blog but an organized, how-to instructional book, it is not. Again, I am sadly disappointed.
5

Mar 09, 2017

Everyone's favorite flower farmer has a new book! It is full of beautiful photos and great tips on how to grow the cutting garden of your dreams. I'm a big fan of Floret/Erin's seeds, and I've grown several of her zinnias in my Oklahoma garden. Great book. Look for a giveaway next week on my blog.
5

Mar 12, 2017

I love this book!!! If you have any interest in growing flowers for any reason it's a must have! I'm a novice gardener, this book has been so helpful. Such a great educational book! The photography is amazing! Such in inspiring book! Thank you Floret Team!!!!
3

May 2, 2018

Beautiful photos. A helpful starting point. Would have liked more details on cultivation for the beginner.
3

May 31, 2019

This book was recommended by the teacher of a class on cutting gardens that I recently took at our local botanical gardens. It’s a lovely book but with some serious flaws. The information is good but is far less comprehensive than I expected. As beautiful as the photos are, I would have preferred more text. Especially given that the photos were not always particularly informative; for example, many of them lacked captions. The single most off-putting thing about this book was the number of This book was recommended by the teacher of a class on cutting gardens that I recently took at our local botanical gardens. It’s a lovely book but with some serious flaws. The information is good but is far less comprehensive than I expected. As beautiful as the photos are, I would have preferred more text. Especially given that the photos were not always particularly informative; for example, many of them lacked captions. The single most off-putting thing about this book was the number of photos of the author, often holding bouquets of flowers in various dreamy poses or working in her garden. These took up a lot of space that could have been used to much better purpose. For example, she suggests that it’s important to pick dahlias when they are almost fully open but not overly ripe. I would have preferred a photo of what that looks like rather the full-page one of the author picking dahlias in her garden. I would love to have seen examples of how she uses vegetables in her flower arrangements rather than just pictures of cherry tomatoes. And why was there a whole section on growing pumpkins (which have nothing to do with a cutting garden) when so many cutting flowers (stock, veronica, and scabiosa, for example) weren’t even included? I am happy that I have this book, and I did learn some wonderful tidbits from it and found it inspiring. But it fell far short of my expectations. ...more
4

Jan 17, 2019

Let me preface this with I adore Erin Benzakein as so many do. I mean - she alone has started a movement that is changing how America grows flowers and how people garden. I was one of her early followers who couldn't wait for this book. So while it might be said that I am not the average reviewer of this book ( for as many of you know I am deeply involved with Sweet Pea and dahlia culture and have been for years), the fact that this book didn't meet my crazy 5 star rating is personal, but it Let me preface this with I adore Erin Benzakein as so many do. I mean - she alone has started a movement that is changing how America grows flowers and how people garden. I was one of her early followers who couldn't wait for this book. So while it might be said that I am not the average reviewer of this book ( for as many of you know I am deeply involved with Sweet Pea and dahlia culture and have been for years), the fact that this book didn't meet my crazy 5 star rating is personal, but it should never, ever sway you from adding it to your library - my standards were just a bit unrealistic or something, but it just wasn't a book that I found useful. Yet, I am not the audience. You are, and you should invest in this book.

Naturally, for those familiar with Erin, this book is lovely. Visually it's a spectacular creation - a work of art really. So why not a 5 star read? All I can say is that for me, and maybe me alone, while this book is a beautiful one the content wasn't as helpful as I was hoping for. I turn to the book for its beauty, but never to research or as a sourcebook. This, however, should not discourage you or anyone from adding it to your bookshelf.

The many fans of Floret Farm won't be disappointed one bit. The publisher invested in the quality of this book. Excellent typography, an embossed cover and fine paper stock all adds up along with what may be the most lovely photography found in any gardening book. Better yet, this book inspires and surely has helped sales of both sweet peas farmers and dahlia growers, not to mention inspire future flower farmers. That it will do. It just won't be the bible for growers, more of a look book or an introduction to flower farming for a new generation - which is still a huge statement. Who'd have thought that chrysanthemums and sweet peas would ever make a comeback? A big part of this movement in being fueled by Erin and the Floret Farm movement.

If one is new to gardening, or just to dahlias, sweet peas, snapdragons or anemones - this book will be useful as no book guides or inspires one, compassing the home buyer towards the choicest varieties. One might have thought that Erin should have kept some of this information secret, but she thankfully doesn't, sharing the names of varieties with us all, as well as where to get them.

So If one is new to flower gardening this book certainly won't disappoint. If one is an experienced gardener this book will still offer value - but maybe for the real plant geeks, it may fall a bit short with the super-detailed info. Page count is page count though, so I certainly get it if an editor had to cut something, as that more toothy content would be the most likely thing to go.

In the end, this book provides much of the basic 101 information and it is never dumbed down so while the book doesn't really go into super-deep depth with 202 type guidelines, few will probably care.

And maybe this book didn't need to go that deep? And if one really wanted that info - the Floret Farm website has plenty of that information.


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April 30, 2018

... it really is more about her farm and how pretty the flowers are I did not find this to ...
This book is ok but it really is more about her farm and how pretty the flowers are I did not find this to be helpful

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