In her new book, Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style , author Christin Geall elevates floral design to a fine art in this richly informative book on the principles of floral style. With a charming and intelligent perspective, Geall encourages designers, gardeners and entrepreneurs to think differently and deeply about their work with flowers, drawing upon the fine arts and historical sources, exploring Baroque music, the paintings of the Impressionists, or the work of floral innovators like Gertrude Jekyll and Constance Spry, to make her points.
Covering many aspects of floral design, including choosing plants to grow and arrange, selecting tools and vessels, balancing colour and form, and advice on photographing and selling arrangements, Cultivated offers universal lessons for all levels of floral arrangers, from eager beginners to experience professionals. Geall’s dramatic photographs of her own lush designs illustrate techniques for creating arrangements that spark the imagination.
Geall, who interned at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in England, lives in Oak Bay, British Columbia, where she has an urban flower farm and design business. She participates in floral workshops around the world.
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Draw to win a copy of Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style
Congratulations to Victoria Z. of Edmonton, Alberta, as the winner of a copy of Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style in a random draw by Garden Making from 718 entries. A copy of the book is being mailed to her by the publisher, Raincoast Books. Read about how we make a draw and see list of previous draw prize winners.