Floret farm's cut flower garden : grow, harvest & arrange stunning seasonal blooms / Erin Benzakein with Julie Chai ; photographs by Michèle M. Waite.

Welcome to the world of Floret Farm, where hundreds of flower varieties grow and thrive to produce show-stopping arrangements. Here, star flower farmer Erin Benzakein shares her insights on planting a cutting garden of your own - wherever you live. Learn the secrets to her airy and lush arrangemen...

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Main Author: Benzakein, Erin,
Other Authors: Chai, Julie,, Waite, Michèle M.,
Published: San Francisco, California : Chronicle Books, [2017]
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#1 Amazon Best Seller -- Welcome to the farm!

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 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 to create show-stopping arrangements.

Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden:Cut Flower Garden is equal parts instruction and inspiration--a 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 floral décor for every season

If you likedParis in Bloom, you'll loveFloret Farm's Cut Flower Garden.

Table of Contents


p. 8


p. 12

Laying the Foundation

p. 17

Planning & Getting Started

p. 19

Assess & Define Your Site

p. 19

Perform a Soil Test

p. 20

Design Your Plot

p. 21

Do the Math

p. 21

Decide What to Order

p. 22

Take Advantage of Succession Planting

p. 24

Maximize Small Spaces

p. 25

Digging In

p. 27

Go Organic

p. 27

Feed Your Soil

p. 27

Water Well

p. 28

Manage Weeds

p. 28

Get Planting

p. 29

Essential Techniques

p. 31

Starting Seeds 101

p. 31

Supporting Your Flowers

p. 36


p. 37

Caring for Cut Flowers

p. 38

Tools of the Trade

p. 41

Gardening Tools

p. 41

Florist's Toolbox

p. 44


p. 46

Awakening to New Possibilities

p. 51

Spring Tasks

p. 52

Spring Bloomers

p. 58


p. 59


p. 62

Delicate-Fiowered Bulbs

p. 68

Flowering Branches

p. 72

Hardy Annuals

p. 76

Iceland Poppies

p. 83


p. 86


p. 93


p. 99

Sweet Peas

p. 101


p. 106

Spring Projects

p. 111

Lilac Infusion

p. 112

Spring Flower Crown

p. 114

Sherbet Butterfly Bouquet for Mom

p. 116


p. 118

Welcoming the Abundance

p. 123

Summer Tasks

p. 124

Summer Blooms, Edibles & Foliage

p. 128


p. 129


p. 135

Fragrant Leaves

p. 140

Fruits & Foliage

p. 145


p. 149


p. 152


p. 157


p. 162

Tender Annuals

p. 167


p. 173


p. 177

Summer Projects

p. 181

Dahlias en Masse

p. 182

Summer Sunset Bouquet

p. 184

Hand-Tied Market Bouquet

p. 186


p. 190

Completing the Harvest & Putting the Garden to Bed

p. 193

Autumn Tasks

p. 196

Autumn Blooms, Edibles & Textural Stems

p. 200

Black-Eyed Susans

p. 201

Cabbages & Kales

p. 206


p. 210

Fruiting Branches

p. 215

Grains & Pods

p. 219

Ornamental Grasses

p. 223


p. 226

Pumpkins, Squash & Gourds

p. 233


p. 238


p. 245

Autumn Projects

p. 249

Autumnal Wreath

p. 250

Dutch Still Life

p. 252

Vincent van Gogh

p. 256


p. 258

Settling into Winter Stillness

p. 261

Winter Tasks

p. 264

Winter Berries, Blooms & Foliage

p. 268


p. 269

Berries & Blooms

p. 272

Branches for Winter Forcing

p. 279

Evergreen Cuts

p. 282


p. 287

Paperwhite Narcissuses

p. 291

Winter Projects

p. 295

Welcoming Wreath

p. 296

Indoor Garden

p. 298

Lush Garland

p. 300


p. 304


p. 305


p. 306