Picks and Pans Review: Decorating with Dried Flowers

updated 06/06/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/06/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Malcolm Hillier

The author, who owns a British flower shop and is a garden designer, has written a comprehensive and handsome book giving the principles of arranging, plus descriptions of various drying and preserving techniques. At least 80 percent of all plants can be preserved, but chrysanthemums, carnations and most bulbous plants do not dry well. (Roses are the best for arrangements and dry very well.) Hillier has wonderful ideas for such special occasions as Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Also included is a plant guide, giving ideal planting conditions, time to pick and parts to use. One regrettable omission is that there are no instructions for making potpourriā€”a mixture of scented, dried flowers. (Crown, $19.95)

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