The Flower Appreciation Society: An A – Z of All Things Floral

Although now several years old, Anna Day and Ellie Jauncey’s A-Z of All Things Floral remains one of our favourite books about flowers. It makes a lovely house gift, particularly in spring when our attention returns to outdoors. Anna and Ellie, an illustrator and textile designer respectively, met while working in a pub where they were working so they could restart their careers doing what was really their great love: floristry. And so, in 2012, The Flower Appreciation Society was born. We love the florists’ wild and naturalistic arrangements, headdresses and posies, and are avid followers of their instagram feed (@flowersociety), and we aren’t the only ones. They’ve provided flowers for just about everyone from Marc Jacobs and Helena Bonham-Carter, to Anthropologie and Miss Vogue. Their book is laid out alphabetically, and it’s lovely to dip in and out of, and learn about everything from the authors’ favourites flowers (about which they give you just the right amount of information), and to how to create a bridal bouquet, to how to condition flowers ready for using, and how bees collect pollen. Their way of decorating a cake using flowers is particularly inspired and unusual, but the book is packed with lots of how-to tips. Between them the girls have designed, photographed, written and illustrated every inch of this book (Jauncey’s bold, graphic crayon illustrations are particularly distinctive), and they’ve done a great job. This isn’t a comprehensive book and it doesn’t pretend to be. It’s a celebration of flowers and floristry, and anyone who loves a bloom will enjoy it.


The Flower Appreciation Society: An A to Z of All Things Floral by Anna Day and Ellie Jauncey
£20 or £13.60 on Amazon.
— Daisy
10th January 2018