“This book is as lush as the flowers it describes.” – Publishers Weekly
Flowers can say everything from “get well” to “I love you” to “I’m sorry.” But they are also a multi-million dollar business. Amy Stewart investigates in her book what goes into creating and pricing the beauty and sentiment of flowers Flower Confidential. It’s one of our Lucky 7 titles this month and cheaper than a bouquet at only $1.99 through November 30th.
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 horitcultural 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.
“Stewart’s journey takes us down many such paths, all connected by her own curiosity and highly readable prose. The greatest value of Flower Confidential, however, is that it was written at all.” — The Washington Post