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Working Designer Wednesday: Design Book Giveaway

Mar 30, 2011

Good morning, flower friends! Since many of you said you would be interested in my design books as I downsize my collection, today I’m giving away the first one…

to have & to hold


David Stark & Avi Adler


I’ve read and reread this book and I want it to go to another loving flower home…so, leave me a comment by noon CDT on Friday, April 1 (this is not an April Fool’s joke!) if you want to be entered in the drawing. To make it fun for us, mention your favorite floral designer(s) in your comment. If you don’t have one, just mention your favorite flower or your favorite song…heck, I don’t care what you mention as long as I know who you are in case you win!

Have an awesome Wednesday!

And because we can’t have a post without flowers…

bc0709-a05 bloemenvanthura 

bc0709-a10 bloemenvanthura

bc0709-a18 bloemenvanthuraimages via Bloemen Van Thura



  1. Oh my gosh, those cars make me so happy!

  2. Hannah says:

    Although I have not yet commented on any of your posts, I have been following your blog for quite a few weeks now – and I am hooked! Your posts are both inspiring and resourceful (Thank you!!). As a recent college graduate in the process of starting my own floral and event design business, I would LOVE to be able to add this book to my floral library. My absolute favorite floral designer would have to be Ariella Chezar. I had the chance to work a wedding with her during my internship last summer – most definitely an amazing and unforgettable experience!

  3. Alicia says:

    Thanks to the fabulous Holly Chapple (one of my favorite designers) for turning me on to your blog! The Botanical Brouhaha is now on my daily dose of distraction at work. I am a part-time florl freelancer in the DC area and I spend my early mornings and lunch break browsing blogs to maintain my sanity! “to have & to hold” would be a welcome addition in my sparse floral library. Thanks!

  4. Carolyn says:

    A flower lover I am and would love and would love to add to this book to my collection. One of my favorite designers is Phil Rulloda. Thanks!

  5. Robyn says:

    I don’t think I could possibly name just one designer. Favorite flower is pretty tough too, maybe harder even. But I’ll say that my favorite flower *today* is, well, not really a flower at all. Flowering acacia smells SO good and fresh–it really says Spring to me!

  6. Eileen says:

    Hi Amy! Thanks so much for this! I have studied many designers online since choosing to embark on a part time floral design career 3 years ago. Design books have and still are an integral part of my professional development as I am a stay at home mother of three primarily. I still find myself drawn to my original “virtual” mentors, Nancy Liu Chin, Stoneblossom, Ariella Chezar, Michelle Rago, Meredith Wega-Perez, Michael George, Cori Cook. I have met some in person,received advice and help from others via phone and email, and learned a tremendous amount from all of them as each has a distinct style of their own.

    I love all flowers and enjoy the challenge and beauty of it all!

  7. I would LOVE that book! I also am giving away a book on my site.. Amy Stewart Flower Confidential~ I love flower books..

  8. Ooooh! I would love a new book! I’m just getting started in floral design, so I only have a few resources. Judith Blacklock’s “Encyclopedia of Flower Design” is my go-to flower bible right now. I’ve been really inspired to try some East-meets-West arrangements because of Keiko Kubo’s Ikebana, too.

  9. Meg F. says:

    Hi, my boss turned me onto your site and it’s just stunning. I’m becoming quite a fan of yours.

    As for the contest, I have coveted To Have and To Hold for two years. We have it at the flower market I work at, but only for potential brides to brainstorm from, not for sale. As far as favorite designers go, I like Gregor Lersch, Moniek Van den Berghe, and the folks at Saipua in Brooklyn. I’d love to have this book. Thanks for the chance.


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