A Year In Flowers: a new book of swoon-worthy blooms

Flower-farmer Erin Benzakein’s beautiful and instructive book is a must for budding florists

Erin Benzakein’s Pastel Statement arrangement
Erin Benzakein’s Pastel Statement arrangement | Image: © 2020 Chris Benzakein

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. 

Arrangements such as Blush Vignette have won Benzakein 639,000 Instagram followers
Arrangements such as Blush Vignette have won Benzakein 639,000 Instagram followers | Image: © 2020 Chris Benzakein
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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 bookA 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. 

Erin Benzakein on her Washington State farm, Floret
Erin Benzakein on her Washington State farm, Floret | Image: © 2020 Chris Benzakein
Meadow Centrepiece by Benzakein, whose new book focuses on different floral styles through the seasons
Meadow Centrepiece by Benzakein, whose new book focuses on different floral styles through the seasons | Image: © 2020 Chris Benzakein

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.

A Year In Flowers (Chronicle), £21.99, from 11 February
A Year In Flowers (Chronicle), £21.99, from 11 February
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