As the reigning queen of the flower-farming movement, Erin Benzakein is already well-known in floral circles. Her breathtaking images of her larger-than-life blooms and bucolic scenes from her Washington State farm, Floret, are eagerly lapped up by her 639,000 Instagram followers. On just a couple of acres, the grower and author has built a hugely profitable and influential business, inspiring legions of would-be flower farmers, florists and teachers around the globe.
Benzakein’s barn workshops have become such a cult hit that she now teaches courses online, but she’s also poured all her floristry wisdom into her second book, A Year in Flowers (Chronicle, £21.99, from 11 February). For anyone who would like to emulate her stunning arrangements, this tome is a must. Not only is the book beautiful (her husband, Chris, is the in-house photographer), but it’s meticulous in its step-by-step advice, from talking us through vase wisdom (Useful: confit jars, compote bowls and footed urns. Awful: round glass goldfish bowls and glass cubes) to the planet-friendly mechanics that florists use to create beautiful arrangements.
The bulk of the book, though, focuses on different styles of arrangements through each season – from centrepieces and showstopping vases to small vignettes and posies, which all appear with ingredients lists alongside easy-to-follow images.