Earlier this year I was asked to illustrate a book on flower gardening. I rather enjoy painting flowers as there are so many varieties. With this kind of work comes different challenges around colour, tone and structure. The one thing they all have in common however is delicacy. It’s a real challenge to make them feel light and partially transparent. For me the ideal medium for this is watercolour.
I saw this project as a fine opportunity to increase my skills and with over forty botanical illustrations it was an exciting project to work on. It took over a month to complete.
Although each flower illustration was on a separate page I have gathered a good selection of them into a single scenes so you can get an idea of the final pieces.
About Flower Gardening for Beginners
With the right guidance and a little practice, you can grow a cut-flower garden from seed and brighten every room in your home with fresh blooms! Flower Gardening for Beginners has all the information you’ll need to plan, cultivate, tend, harvest, and arrange home-grown flowers–no experience required.
Flower gardening fundamentals – Lay the foundation for success as you learn common gardening terms, essential tools to have on hand, and answers to frequently asked questions.
A guide to planning your plot – Understand your local climate so you can choose the best spot in your yard for your garden and select seeds that will thrive.
Get to know your flowers – Discover detailed profiles that explain how to start 35 different flowers from seed, harvest them, and dry them–so you can grow your favorites year after year!
Create breathtaking bouquets from your own home-grown blooms with this beginner-friendly guide to growing flowers. “
“Amy’s book is a great resource for all beginning flower growers! If you don’t know where to start, this will give you all the tips, tricks, and information you need to have a successful cut-flower garden!”
Galena Berkompas, Micro Flower Farm
“Flower Gardening for Beginners is a must-read for anyone that wants to grow flowers. Amy has written a book that is not only beautiful and relatable, but also a great resource packed full of all of the information you need to get growing. I highly recommend this book and I know it will inspire many new gardeners to transform their spaces into something magical.”
Marryn Mathis, flower farmer at The Farmhouse Flower Farm
“This is the book that I wished I had when I first started my flower garden: a true, complete resource for beginner flower gardeners. With comprehensive information on everything from seed-starting to harvesting, every beginner should start here. Seasoned gardeners and market growers will appreciate the detailed flower profiles that summarize and organize everything you need to know.”
Deanna Kitchen, flower farmer and founder of The Growing Kindness Project
This book is great for anyone who is interested in starting to grow flowers. It is full of such useful information as well as beautiful illustrations. It will now be on my recommended reading lists, along with my go-to the books from Floret Flower Farm.
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