I was excited to have the opportunity to read and review this book. While I’m not exactly an accomplished gardener, I do enjoy creating festive wreaths and dried floral arrangements and was ready to learn all about fresh flower arrangement. Unfortunately, I wasn’t nearly as impressed with this book as I expected to be.
First off, there are painfully few step by step photos in this book. Less than five photos are step by step. The majority of the photos are of completed arrangements with only informational text and a materials list in the sidebar.
I’m sure these floral arrangements are beautiful. However, the photos aren’t the quality you’d expect in a book that depends greatly on its visual appeal. The paper is matt and the photos severely suffer because of it. The colors aren’t nearly as vibrant as I’d hoped. The resulting photos are grainy and at times seem out of focus. Glossy paper would have been a much better choice.
I’d like to say that I’d at least found the information in The Flower Workshop valuable, but I honestly can’t. It reads like a somewhat dry instructional manual. Passages like, “Once you choose a basic color–in this case yellowy peach–search for a variety of blossoms that fit this category. The challenge is to find flowers that take your basic color and run the scales with it, from taupe-yellow to butter, from gold to cream, from citrus to speckled,” are the norm and don’t come across as inspirational. In fact, I found them downright boring.
As much as I hate giving a poor review to any book, I’m going to give The Flower Workshop just three stars.
3 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton
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