A bouquet of flower books for spring

Whether you are planting a new garden or wanting to arrange flowers you’ve freshly sourced from the markets, these books can provide inspiration for your perfect dining table arrangement or artistic project. You might also like to link up with some of the local flower groups in Wellington: Ikebana Wellington, Miramar Garden Club, Johnsonville Floral Art Club. We also have a great selection of eMagazines, available through the links below.

Flowers for friends / Atkinson-Dunn, Julia
“This is a book about flower arranging from the perspective of a gardener in Christchurch, New Zealand. Harvesting from the garden means short, wonky stems, bruised petals, insects crawling out of blooms and the open invitation to claim a weed or vege as vase fodder. Julia offers a practical guide to picking, conditioning and arranging home-grown treasures, celebrating their quirks and encouraging unexpected combinations. Seasonal chapters profile arrangements she has made, detailing plants in season and inviting readers to explore some quirky and easy-to-do ideas. (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Carole’s flower truck : flowers every day for New Zealand homes / Bowden, Carole
“With over 350 photos, this book is a visual treat. As well as the story of Carole’s Flower Truck, it is an inspirational seasonal guide to enjoying flowers. There are ideas for special occasions, tips and tricks to keep your flowers looking great and step-by-step floral projects. This book is all about buying local and using what’s in season with a seasonal guide from United Flower Growers. And a guide to create ‘park posies’, jam jar posies and hydrangea bouquets, circlets and garlands. ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Weaving flowers from New Zealand flax / Brown, Ali
“Weaving Flowers from New Zealand Flax contains detailed instructions for weaving fifteen different flower and foliage designs plus different variations of several of the designs. Many of the flower designs can be woven from a single flax leaf and are very quick to weave once you’ve had a bit of practice. The book also includes examples of floral arrangements for each of the flower designs and various flax foliage ideas for floral arrangements in addition to the woven foliage designs. All the instructions and arrangements in the book are illustrated with large colour photographs.” (Catalogue)

Flowers at home / Kaminski, Sandra
“Auckland-based stylist Sandra Kaminski shows how set blooms on the dinner table or a subtle arrangement of delicately tinted roses to present them to best effect.  With her discerning design, texture, and talent for creating beautiful setting with everyday items she has established a loyal fan base during her nine years as a stylist with New Zealand House and Garden magazine. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines throughout overseas and her first book, Living Life Beautifully published by Penguin Books in 2006.” (Adapted form the Catalogue)

Inspired Ikebana : modern design meets the ancient art of Japanese flower arrangement / Zaima, Naoko
“With Inspired Ikebana, Ikebana expert Naoko Zaimais provides step-by-step instructions that allow you to create stunning floral arrangements in various Ikebana styles using both fresh and dried flowers. A beautifully photographed instructional guide that provides a modern take on a centuries-old art for you to delight in the intentionally minimalist floral designs. Inspired Ikebana also details the history of Ikebana and its impact on floral design.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

A photographic guide to wildflowers of New Zealand / Brunsden, Geoff
“The sixth New Zealand title in this internationally acclaimed series of compact, easy-to-use guides which is the ideal car glovebox, pocket or backpack reference for all amateur botanists as well as anyone with an interest in natural history. A Photographic Guide To Wildflowers of New Zealand covers 125 common native and introduced species is most likely to encounter growing in New Zealand. Each wildflower is treated with colour photographs, descriptive information, habitat notes and distribution patterns.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)