The 50 Mile Bouquet is one of those books that gardeners (and those who love flowers) should have on their bookshelves. Debra Prinzing has done a stupendous job of inspiring and educating us about the slow flower movement. David Perry's photographs... as always... don't disapoint. They capture the sumptuous beauty of the flowers and the emotions on the faces of the growers.
Praise from Jenny Andrews, Executive Editor, GARDEN DESIGN magazine:
The Fifty Mile Bouquet explores a subject close to the hearth as well as our health, not only bringing sustainable gardening right to the convivial heart of the home, but proving that being responsibly organic can be breathtakingly beautiful.
From Debbie Arrington of The Sacramento Bee:
"The mother of the Slow Flower movement, Prinzing is making a personal crusade to encourage people to think about floral purchases the same way they may approach what they eat: Buy locally grown flowers or grow them yoourself."
From Bellamy Pailthorp, KPLU-FM (NPR affiliate):
"...an impassioned advocate for a more sustainable flower industry."
Praise from Kathleen N. Brenzel, Garden Editor SUNSET magazine:
The Fifty Mile Bouquet is a flower book for today ... inspiring, beautifully photographed, filled with advice on buying, growing, harvesting and arranging blooms that are truly fresh, locally-grown.
Author Debra Prinzing and photographer David Perry offer The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers as a narrative that is part pro le, part ecology argument, part trend spotter, supported by poignant photographs. This framework provides a human focus, essential for embracing the “grow and buy local” concept. Pro les of the smaller, local American growers humanize the ower business and present a compelling counterpoint to the large commercial operations in South America. The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers is engaging, educational and thought-provoking. -Lesley Fleming, Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture