The weather may still be cold and wintery where you live, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create unique and attractive bouquets. Even better is when you can find the foliage and flowers for those arrangements locally, or from your own garden. To learn more, Seasonal Wisdom spoke with Debra Prinzing, a Seattle-based advocate for local flowers, who shares expert bouquet arranging ideas and talks about her latest book, Slow Flowers. Read the full article →
Imagine having access to one of the most comprehensive libraries about plants and gardens anywhere in the world. Well, that feat is easier now with a gorgeous new book called Flora Illustrata, which spans more than eight centuries with illustrations of rare manuscripts, iconic books, engravings and botanical drawings.
One example is “Vue de Tour Porcellaine a Nancking en Chine.” Shown above, it displays a pagoda in a Chinese garden-landscape, which greatly influenced the development of landscape gardening in Europe with its irregular layout and exotic decoration. The colored engraving is after a print in Johannes Nieuhof, An Embassy from the East-India Company to … the Emperor of China, London, 1673. Art and Illustration Collection, EKR 379.
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