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A one-of-a-kind journey into the mind of beloved floral designer Amy Merrick, celebrating the beauty and possibilities of nature and how to use it to create elegant, ephemeral arrangements.  


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A one-of-a-kind journey into the mind of beloved floral designer Amy Merrick, celebrating the beauty and possibilities of nature and how to use it to create elegant, ephemeral arrangements.  

30 review for On Flowers: Lessons from an Accidental Florist

  1. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    Amy Merrick has divided her book into six beautiful chapters and it is overflowing with lovely ideas of how to bring nature into your space. Some of the photos took my breath away! I especially enjoyed how she explains the art of arranging flowers in a simple and natural way which is more my style than formal arrangements. Highly recommend. Five stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Juli Anna

    A strange and beautiful volume. Merrick's prose sparkles, and the book design makes this book gift-worthy. And yet, it's sort of insubstantial, more of a coffee table book than anything else. I'm also a little sick of the "quirky millennial moves to New York and finds her quaint life passion amidst the hustle-and-bustle" storyline, but that's hardly Merrick's fault. A strange and beautiful volume. Merrick's prose sparkles, and the book design makes this book gift-worthy. And yet, it's sort of insubstantial, more of a coffee table book than anything else. I'm also a little sick of the "quirky millennial moves to New York and finds her quaint life passion amidst the hustle-and-bustle" storyline, but that's hardly Merrick's fault.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Bought this thinking it would be more of a "how-to" on floral arranging and it turned out to be something a bit different, albeit quite lovely. It feels like you're paging through the personal journal of the writer who shares memories, stories & tips from her global experiences with flowers. Aesthetically the clothbound cover with the gold foil really speaks to my bookshelf sensibilities, and the book is something I might page through again in the future. Bought this thinking it would be more of a "how-to" on floral arranging and it turned out to be something a bit different, albeit quite lovely. It feels like you're paging through the personal journal of the writer who shares memories, stories & tips from her global experiences with flowers. Aesthetically the clothbound cover with the gold foil really speaks to my bookshelf sensibilities, and the book is something I might page through again in the future.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    Lavishly illustrated, Merrick provides examples of non-conventional floral arrangements. The use of wildflowers and flowers found along side abandoned city plots. As she declares it - the city and the country, the fancy and the humble. There are dozens of how-to tips - - - Use herbs and vines and branches. Various types of bowls and pitchers and vases can be used for different arrangements After re-cutting daffodils, let them stand in separate water as they have a sap that will negatively impact th Lavishly illustrated, Merrick provides examples of non-conventional floral arrangements. The use of wildflowers and flowers found along side abandoned city plots. As she declares it - the city and the country, the fancy and the humble. There are dozens of how-to tips - - - Use herbs and vines and branches. Various types of bowls and pitchers and vases can be used for different arrangements After re-cutting daffodils, let them stand in separate water as they have a sap that will negatively impact the other parts of the arrangement. Re-cutting stems underwater You can tell that she absolutely adores flowers and wants to share her love and attraction with everyone. Certainly a book that can be reviewed again and again to get new insight in creating arrangements like a professional florist as well as the wild unstructured arrangements that a country girl would likely do. 2022-057

  5. 4 out of 5

    aqilahreads

    really lovely bits on flowers & to appreciate them. couldnt really get into them much but still an enjoyable read! 🌸 "to love flowers is to revere nature and to revere nature is to honor seasons" really lovely bits on flowers & to appreciate them. couldnt really get into them much but still an enjoyable read! 🌸 "to love flowers is to revere nature and to revere nature is to honor seasons"

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kati Stevens

    Soothing and inspirational. Buy a physical copy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Scrumptious. Beautiful poetical prose. Gorgeous photos and artwork. I had no idea how much I would enjoy this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Neha D'souza

    I will never look at flowers the same way again. Amy writes passionately about flowers. She brings them to life with her words, pictures and descriptions. I was reminded of the way Carl Sagan writes about the cosmos or how Ray Bradbury writes about writing. Amy Merrick writes about flowers like they are the love of her life and it shows. Inspired by Amy, I ventured to the nearest flower shop and began scouting for the flowers I had learned about. I was also inspired to keep an eye out for flower I will never look at flowers the same way again. Amy writes passionately about flowers. She brings them to life with her words, pictures and descriptions. I was reminded of the way Carl Sagan writes about the cosmos or how Ray Bradbury writes about writing. Amy Merrick writes about flowers like they are the love of her life and it shows. Inspired by Amy, I ventured to the nearest flower shop and began scouting for the flowers I had learned about. I was also inspired to keep an eye out for flowers on footpaths, flowers in window boxes and wildflowers that had pushed their way up from cracks in the sidewalk. . . Isn’t it magical when a writer manages to draw you in, with her words and show you a world that she is passionate about? 5/5 absolute must read. I’d recommend buying the physical copy though. This book is a keepsake.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    What an absolutely gorgeous book!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This was such a beautiful book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carmen Liffengren

    On Flowers is a thoughtful and inspirational guide to the joys of flowers and botanical interests. It's a lovely compendium and memoir of sorts of a life steeped in the happiness of flowers. On Flowers is a thoughtful and inspirational guide to the joys of flowers and botanical interests. It's a lovely compendium and memoir of sorts of a life steeped in the happiness of flowers.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Leanne

    This book is a jewel! I don't know why it says Kindle edition but that reminds me right off to say that I almost passed this book by because of the dull title and very underwhelming jacket cover. But peeking inside, I read about her longing for Japan--a place she had never been and then looking at her incredible flower arrangements, I was totally enthralled!! Her artistic vision is mainly like 茶花 chabana flower arrangement favored in tea ceremony... arrangements that look like the flowers as the This book is a jewel! I don't know why it says Kindle edition but that reminds me right off to say that I almost passed this book by because of the dull title and very underwhelming jacket cover. But peeking inside, I read about her longing for Japan--a place she had never been and then looking at her incredible flower arrangements, I was totally enthralled!! Her artistic vision is mainly like 茶花 chabana flower arrangement favored in tea ceremony... arrangements that look like the flowers as they are found in the field. She has her luxury high impact roses and Yves Saint Laurent carnations... but her heart seems rooted in the gardens at Sissinghurst and in Ikebana. High impact wow flowers and humble meadow and wild flowers all find a place in the book. An English garden and a tea room in Japan... her book is gorgeous, charming and kind-hearted. I loved her chapter on "foraging".... like "maple leaf hunting" and mushroom hunting in Japan, there are flowers you appreciate from a distance and there are leaves and branches you gather and bring home... I purchased a tiny pair of Japanese scissors to keep in my walking bag for foraging (My neighbors should love that!) Really, in LA, everything now is private property... it is so sad. I press flowers regularly and always have fresh flowers at home.. but I think it is time really to learn how to garden. Wonderful book! https://www.borges-library.com/2019/1...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rosie Bloomfield

    What a wonderful book for people looking to improve their knowledge on flowers and how to arrange them!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elsabe

    My mother adores every aspect of flowers and she gently infused me with that adoration. While growing up in a tiny town in South Africa, she took my hand and showed me how to plant Nasturtium seeds next to the stairs to the front door at the age of 5. She planted a ’field’ of Namakwaland daisies in front of my bedroom window and showed me the joy of collecting the seeds in a brown paper bag for the following year. After she went to New York for the first time, my bed time story became the one of My mother adores every aspect of flowers and she gently infused me with that adoration. While growing up in a tiny town in South Africa, she took my hand and showed me how to plant Nasturtium seeds next to the stairs to the front door at the age of 5. She planted a ’field’ of Namakwaland daisies in front of my bedroom window and showed me the joy of collecting the seeds in a brown paper bag for the following year. After she went to New York for the first time, my bed time story became the one of the Readers Digest lady that bequeathed money to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for flower arrangements at the museum. And that there was a full time person, who’s only job was to make those arrangements. In puberty we watched and cried over the movie - Jean de Fleurette and the red carnations. Later she would dig up the front lawn and plant row upon row of carnations, tied them up meticulously and sell them at the market with gypsophilas for an income because she left her steady income job after she followed my father to his lifelong dream to farm. As if by osmosis I learned the names for flowers from her because I can’t ever remembering her teaching me. This is supposed to be a book review, I know. But the story shared in this book is so ethereal and charming, it evoked so many memories and feelings in me it just gurgled out. All my values are reflected in Amy Merrick’s beautiful philosophy and experiences. I will read and reread this book regularly. To remind me to appreciate the so many facets flowers give us - growing and the earth, wildflowers and heaven, breaking and the art of kintsugu, of the Japanese philosophy of fragility of cherry blossoms and life, living in New York and how the flowers are abundant even there if you care to look. Not to speak of all the very practical advice she dishes out in spades. And I have not even touched the topic of inspiration. A book to keep close for sure.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joan Stevens

    A must read! I wasn’t going to buy this book at first because I was looking to learn basics of flower arranging and this didn’t seem to have that. I’m so glad I overstepped my practical self and leaped right in to this magical world of Amy Merrick’s. It really is a world made more beautiful by paying attention and finding the beauty that is already there. I expect that my flower arrangements will benefit from her perspective and I know that my mental state already has! This book is a treasure.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Page

    At first I was like "well this is unorganized and it's really just a coffee table book" but the further I read, the more I realized that this book was a bouquet itself! It contains all these beautiful bits and pieces, and taken altogether it would be a worthy addition to my home, as more than just a pretty something. On first glance, you expect a how-to book. And yes, she does give some worthwhile tips. But more than that, it's a joyful expression of how you can find beauty in the unexpected. Th At first I was like "well this is unorganized and it's really just a coffee table book" but the further I read, the more I realized that this book was a bouquet itself! It contains all these beautiful bits and pieces, and taken altogether it would be a worthy addition to my home, as more than just a pretty something. On first glance, you expect a how-to book. And yes, she does give some worthwhile tips. But more than that, it's a joyful expression of how you can find beauty in the unexpected. Those interested in "slow living" and practicing contentment should give this book a try.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I didn’t think I was going to enjoy reading about flowers… boy was I wrong. Not only was Amy’s book full of colorful anecdotes, it had so many beautiful pictures depicting several of her go-to floral arrangements and the picture to show how to arrange them. Hints and tips on vase and trimmings. The direct way she explains the overall presentation of all things flowers—I was thoroughly educated and stimulated. Her quick witty comments on history, travels and optimism in regards to her career made I didn’t think I was going to enjoy reading about flowers… boy was I wrong. Not only was Amy’s book full of colorful anecdotes, it had so many beautiful pictures depicting several of her go-to floral arrangements and the picture to show how to arrange them. Hints and tips on vase and trimmings. The direct way she explains the overall presentation of all things flowers—I was thoroughly educated and stimulated. Her quick witty comments on history, travels and optimism in regards to her career made the book whimsy and very entertaining to read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    This book is aesthetically beautiful but I was left wanting a more substantial memoir and less of a coffee table book. Each page is an Instagram-worthy post with a few pages of text peppered throughout. I read through it cover-to-cover in one short sitting. It is beautiful and inspiring and holds a space on my shelf of special books... but I was anticipating a more in depth account of Amy's extensive experiences in the floral milleu. This book is aesthetically beautiful but I was left wanting a more substantial memoir and less of a coffee table book. Each page is an Instagram-worthy post with a few pages of text peppered throughout. I read through it cover-to-cover in one short sitting. It is beautiful and inspiring and holds a space on my shelf of special books... but I was anticipating a more in depth account of Amy's extensive experiences in the floral milleu.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I enjoyed reading this book, but it felt a bit light (and I feel a little mean saying so, because it was clearly written in earnest about the author's life). I suppose the subject itself is a bit light, but it felt a bit more like a magazine article or a scrapbook. That being said, if you are looking for a diversion and like flowers, I would highly recommend it. I enjoyed reading this book, but it felt a bit light (and I feel a little mean saying so, because it was clearly written in earnest about the author's life). I suppose the subject itself is a bit light, but it felt a bit more like a magazine article or a scrapbook. That being said, if you are looking for a diversion and like flowers, I would highly recommend it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    L

    A beautifully designed and well-written book that provides a wonderful escape into nature and the power of slow and close observation. Glad I own it because I know I'll be referring to it again and again. And any mention of Mary Delany and her paper mosaicks are enough of a recommendation right there. A beautifully designed and well-written book that provides a wonderful escape into nature and the power of slow and close observation. Glad I own it because I know I'll be referring to it again and again. And any mention of Mary Delany and her paper mosaicks are enough of a recommendation right there.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura Simpson

    This book made me look at flowers as though they have personalities: country charm, elegant and proud, wispy and wistful.... and there were some great, but simple, pointers on how to arrange flowers. The book reads a bit like a how to, a bit like a diary, and a bit like a love letter to flowers. The photography has a retro vibe. Would make a lovely coffee book table.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katie Lamirande

    A visually beautiful book and a truly delightful read. I love the authors voice, the stories she’s included, and the photos she’s compiled. It is inspiring and encouraging for a casual flower admirer to endeavor to be something more.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    A truly unique love letter to flowers and finding beauty where we seek it. This is more like a scrapbook/collection of short essays/lists so it's not very substantial, but it is very beautiful. 3.5 stars. A truly unique love letter to flowers and finding beauty where we seek it. This is more like a scrapbook/collection of short essays/lists so it's not very substantial, but it is very beautiful. 3.5 stars.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Priscilla Pixler

    This is a beautifully illustrated and written book even if you are not into flowers and arranging them. However, I am...so it doubled my pleasure. I’ll be glad to loan to friends as books need to be shared.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Kohls

    A beautiful book written by a florist. Gorgeous illustrations with helpful tips on where to find flowers and how to arrange them. Six chapters will take you through an amazing journey that you won’t want to stop learning!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alissa Paige

    I felt like I was reading Ms. Merrick's floral-focused scrapbook with pictures, memories, and quotes. I enjoyed the unconventional way it was designed and that she encouraged self-expression in arranging and appreciation of all flowers, rather than sharing a formula for "success." I felt like I was reading Ms. Merrick's floral-focused scrapbook with pictures, memories, and quotes. I enjoyed the unconventional way it was designed and that she encouraged self-expression in arranging and appreciation of all flowers, rather than sharing a formula for "success."

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany T

    Daffodils have impeccable timing. I enjoyed reading this very much. Great photos, and intriguin section about edible flowers too. Peonies are my favorite. Nothing better than a big peonies.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ruba Sadi

    I follow Amy Merrick on Instagram and was looking forward to reading her book. Lovely photos, and memoir of her life with flowers.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    Wonderful book on a great subject. I've really appreciated the retro design and tips on composing bouquets. Wonderful book on a great subject. I've really appreciated the retro design and tips on composing bouquets.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Woodard

    This was a delight!

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