A book written primarily as a professional reference that nonetheless has proven useful to amateurs because of the depth of the information provided. Gardeners who grow flowers for creating floral displays will find the author's recommendations on optimal stages of harvest invaluable.
Widely regarded as one of the world's foremost horticulturists, Allan M. Armitage is a professor at the University of Georgia, Athens, where he teaches, conducts research on new garden plants, and runs the University of Georgia Horticulture Gardens. He travels widely as a lecturer and consultant, and is the recipient of numerous awards from nursery trade groups and horticultural organizations, including the Medal of Honor from the Garden Club of America and the National Educator Award from the American Horticultural Society. He is the author of nine other books, as well as six CDs and two Internet courses for gardeners. Armitage was honored with a Quill and Trowel award from the Garden Writers Association of America, and Greenhouse Grower magazine named him one of the ten most influential people or organizations — ever — in the floriculture industry for "encouraging growers to expand their markets with new annuals, cut flowers, and perennials."
Judy M. Laushman received her bachelor of science in horticulture from Iowa State University. She has been the executive director of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, Inc., since its inception in 1988 and is editor of The Cut Flower Quarterly. She lives in Oberlin, Ohio, with her husband, two children, and a big yellow dog.