These are the books and websites that inspire and inform my work and some thoughts on each. As I continue with my work, I will add to this list. Enjoy!
Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful
I believe the subheading says it all. This book is an encompassing look at the larger floral industry--from the plants to the growers to the designers to the consumer. The author gives a critical, but unbiased view that's founded in a love for flowers. I found Chapter 6 and Chapter 7 particularly enlightening for considering growing conditions in Central America and for the true costs of shipping.
Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants
I cannot say enough positive things about this book. It's very approachable, but still scientific, citing several studies. The indexes alone are worth it--to see what plants attract which butterflies/moths.
Native Plants of the Northeast: A Guide for Gardening and Conservation
Don Leopold taught at the university where I completed my masters. I kick myself now that I didn't become his groupie and absorb more of his native plant knowledge. This is my go to book for native plants.
The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers
This book was one of my early inspirations for flower farming. Its a gorgeous, photograph heavy book thats a nice introduction into the world of local flowers.
The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower's Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers
A.K.A the bible for new growers.
Speciality Cut Flowers
A pretty thorough technical guide to growing cut flowers, in field and greenhouse settings. A must for commericial growers.
Grow Your Own Cut Flowers
For the home grower or future flower farmer, Raven's book is bright and beautiful.
Fresh From the Fields Wedding Flowers
Great for couples to be inspired by local flowers for their wedding. Lots of photos, how-tos, and even videos for DIY.
Good tips for pushing the limits of hardy annuals--good info for growing in the north.
The Flower Recipe Book
Great for some flower inspiration and beginning arranging skills.
The Market Gardener
This book has been my primer for the last 2 seasons and event though its specifically about vegetable production, it has a lot of carryover.
The Lean Farm
This is a new one for 2016 and I'm very intrigued and excited to apply its ideas to my production. Its based on the Japanese concept of Lean manufacturing, creating by Toyota. However, its concept is not restricted to manufacturing and gives a lot of insight in how to run a business more efficiently and effectively.
Mary Oliver: New and Selected Poems
My inspiration for all things growing, beautiful, complex, scary, and sacred. Her words are etched in my mind and never fail to inspire.
Finding Beauty in a Broken World
(and anything basically by Terry Tempest Williams)
My other idol and inspiration, Terry Tempest Williams, an American environmentalist who's words guide my life.
A west coast virtual mentor and inspiration. Erin shares invaluable production information and has beautiful photos to boot.
My east coast virtual mentor.
My biggest source for design inspiration and my favorite blog to read.
A Scottish source for flower art inspiration.
The podcast that looks at the local flower movement around the world.
Jennie Love on Field to Vase talking shop and a funny and yet important reason why to pick local flowers for your wedding.
The place to be if your a cut flower nerd.
The place to be if your a smaller, sustainable grower.