Black Flora

Inspiring Profiles of Floriculture’s New Vanguard

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Pub Date Oct 22 2024 | Archive Date Oct 22 2024

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Discover the growing community of Black floriculture leading the new vanguard in flowers.

Black Flora is the first book to feature profiles of contemporary Black experts innovating in the world of flowers. Author and longtime gardener, Teresa Speight, offers a beautiful intersection of flowers and community. This book is a homecoming, one that unearths the floral legacies of the past and present, while providing a source of inspiration for younger generations of plant-lovers seeking examples of successful Black floral artists and entrepreneurs. 

With photos and insights from over 20 growers, florists, and designers from around the US, each with a deep reverence for nature, Black Flora showcases a range of floral expertise. And as visionary horticulturalist and garden historian, Abra Lee, reflects in her foreword, the community represented in Black Flora has an important significance both today, and in garden history. 

Both a celebration of now and a vision for the future, Black Flora honors floriculture’s creative vanguard.  
Discover the growing community of Black floriculture leading the new vanguard in flowers.

Black Flora is the first book to feature profiles of contemporary Black experts innovating in the world of...

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From now on, ‘floral hero’ is always going to be part of my vocabulary!

Each floral hero is highlighted in a unique, personal way that taught me much about myself and flowers. Individual creativity and vision was a lesson I learned over and over.

I found myself stopping several times, taking notes, looking something up, checking out someone’s website or social media. That is what I want a book to do, to inspire me to learn more.

I loved that not just floral designers were featured but farmer-florists and flower farmers were able to tell their story. This ‘documenting and preserving’ has a special place in telling the story of flowers and their impact.

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Black Flora is a book that spotlights black florists and the many ways they express their creativity through their art. From floral designers and creative directors, from botanical artists and flower farmers- these individuals share their art in this book, along with their background, inspiration, and accomplishments.

I personally gravitated towards this book not only because of its beautiful cover, but because of my love for all things flora and botany! I have flower gardens, vegetable gardens, and over 300 houseplants, so I found this book very exciting and inspirational. This book is packed with several beautiful pictures of beautiful artists and their stunning work, my personal favorite being the floral arrangements (albeit all the images are magnificent!) I am looking forward to grabbing a copy of this book when it is published later this year!

Thank you NetGalley and Timber Press for such an inspirational and beautiful arc!

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Gorgeous book. Beautiful artwork and stunning floral arrangements. I love the combination of floral artists, flower farmers, and other floral based businesses. Looking at the variety of Black artistry and talent in the flower industry, and the stories of how different people get into the field makes for a lovely read. If I have any complaints it is that I wish there were even more photos. This book would make a stunning addition to any flower lovers' coffee table. I was disappointed that the artists' social were not included in the book, but was happy to see mention of the book itself having a website where links to those socials would be kept current. I appreciate that detail, however at the time of this review I was unable to connect to that website.

The prologue and epilogue provide important points of the history of Black farmers and gardeners in America, and help to elevate the book beyond simply being pretty pictures with pleasant stories.

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Black Flora - Inspiring Profiles of Floriculture’s New Vanguard by Teresa J. Speight is a stunning, stunning exploration of floristry and florists. Sounds simple? But no, it is enriching, fascinating, their stories inspiring and intriguing. Uplifting and heartwarming, I highly recommend it

Thank you to Netgalley, Timber Press, and the author Teresa J. Speight for this wonderful ARC. My review is left voluntarily and all opinions are my own

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