Landscape designer, florist and author of the book Botanical Conspiracy: why plants are so important to us and how to take care of them Victoria Bazoeva together with the Garage Museum bookstore especially for BURO. she’s put together a selection of gardening and floristry publications: impressive tomes-albums and reference books packed with practical advice, for maximum immersion in summer’s favorite form of escapism.
landscape gardener, florist, and author of The Botanical Conspiracy: Why Plants Are So Important to Us and How to Care for Them
A heavy album about a modern rethinking of the Japanese art of ikebana from an American florist: Californian seasonal flowers (not always fresh, by the way, dried, withered, broken, collected under wheels, and oddly curved) in non-standard vases. become a true fragile sculpture, which is about to be carried away by the flow of time. A true guide to “what kind of garbage flowers grow from”, and that sometimes garbage is that very beauty. And to enliven a house, decorate a dinner or a coffee table, lush armfuls and crystal are not needed at all.
A fascinating study on the symbolism of flowers and its connection to the art of the Silver Age. A grandiose volume (more than six hundred pages and about two kilograms of live weight), analyzing the flowers in Vasnetsov’s paintings and the patterns in Bilibin’s illustrations, the symbolism of Northern Art Nouveau flower buds in Riga houses , the crazy bouquets at dinner parties in St. Petersburg and the composition of meadow flowers in Polenov. It is read in one go and transports you to the secular salons of the early 20th century from the first pages. Incredible inspiration, pure art, and a much-needed funnel that you can fall into for no reason or practical use.
A delightful beginner’s guide to floristry from leading British practice Putnam & Putnam is, in a sense, a follow-up to their blockbuster Flower Color Guide. If in the first book all the most popular and frequently used flowers in modern floristry were described and sorted neatly by pantone (you can always refer to it if the situation arose “well, what is the name of this flower, like an orange, with what? a scallop?”), Here are color combinations for bouquets and examples of color combinations. If you don’t have time to think or want to develop vision and practice putting together non-banal, win-win bouquets , both books are perfect: just know: look at the color line and choose green leaves and flower buds from the variety of the nearest florist.
Don’t let the frivolous title be misleading: this is a meditative, thoughtful, and insightful book about how not just an individual tree, but the forest as a whole works. How its inhabitants are connected, how roots become a home for mycelium, how trees support and regulate each other and other living things in this complex ecosystem – all of this, in essence, is a model of human life in society. . An excellent book to discuss with children such difficult things as “mutual support”, “society” and “care”.
A volume of a thematic book from the Kinfolk team about the manifestations of the “natural” in everything that surrounds us, and about who becomes the conductor of these ideas: how to make patterns from leaves, how to make flower arrangements for the table , how to make home cacti feel good and grow tomatoes in a greenhouse (and examples of these most exemplary greenhouses). Behind every story, without a doubt, there are people: greenhouse owners, fabric artists, florists, designers, and their stories.
The publication is not entirely about plants, but about the color green: juicy, muted, a shade of spring grass and dark dung beetle scales, the same as in Pre-Raphaelite paintings and Oriental silks. No moralizing text, just photographs and paintings: 320 pages of beauty.
A rare volume devoted to the undeservedly obscure art of botanical illustration (published, for a moment, with the support of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew). The book contains 126 “postcards” with botanical illustrations and exciting stories about the great illustrators of their time, as well as the importance (and complexity!) of certain colors for drawing.
An amazing book on color in nature is a reprint of Werner’s Color Nomenclature, first published in 1821. The colors of bird feathers and flax petals, eggshells, and rare stones are became universal “namers” for their time, making the life of scientists, botanists and mineralogists much easier and “standardized”. However, this is certainly not a soulless guide or RAL design, but visual appeal, amazing illustrations, and stunning shades and their names. A true paper museum. Incidentally, Mann, Ivanov, and Ferber published the Anatomy of Color volume in a similar layout. On the history of paintings and color schemes in the interior” is also highly recommended.
A good booklet for everyone who doesn’t know how to keep young naturalists and trackers busy during their summer vacation or at Grandma’s country house. Outdoor games, wildlife exploration, bird watching and quiet living at its best. If you play one game a day, just enough for most of the summer!