Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful

· Sold by Algonquin Books
13 reviews

About this ebook

A globe-trotting, behind-the-scenes look at the dazzling world of flowers and the fascinating industry it has created.

Award-winning author Amy Stewart takes readers on an around-the-world, behind-the-scenes look at the flower industry and how it has sought—for better or worse—to achieve perfection. She tracks down the hybridizers, geneticists, farmers, and florists working to invent, manufacture, and sell flowers that are bigger, brighter, and sturdier than anything nature can provide. There's a scientist intent on developing the first genetically modified blue rose; an eccentric horticultural legend who created the most popular lily; a breeder of gerberas of every color imaginable; and an Ecuadorean farmer growing exquisite roses, the floral equivalent of a Tiffany diamond. And, at every turn she discovers the startling intersection of nature and technology, of sentiment and commerce.
13 reviews
Third-party review
Should be 2 and a half stars. Not bad, but a little thin on substance.
Third-party review
A real eye opener about the flower trade. Quite disheartening to read about the chemicals used to get these beauties to our homes. Doesn't diminish my love for them, but it does increase my desire to support the organic and sustainable movement. And to grow my own, of course.
Third-party review
This book provides a highly interesting look at the cut flower business, from breeding to growing to selling. It truly is a world-wide business. In one section, the author follows a rose from it's ...

About the author

Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of six books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world. She is the cofounder of the popular blog Garden Rant and is a contributing editor at Fine Gardening magazine. She and her husband live in Eureka, California, where they own an antiquarian bookstore called Eureka Books.

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