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Thursday, November 24, 2011


( Franz Lauinger’s elegant photograph graces the cover)

Small but delightful coffee table book provides answers for those seeking inspiration. (Review by Janet Whelan)

Birkenhead Blooms: The floral art of Alyson Kessel is a stylish and elegant book with easy to read text and beautiful full-colour illustrative photographs by Alyson Kessel herself. For those seeking inspiration for creating modern and stylish combinations in arranging flowers at home, there are easy step-by-step instructions. Much can be achieved with very little, in the way of tools and equipment, and the author gives a short list of essential paraphernalia as well as the vases commonly used at Birkenhead House and Villa in Hermanus.

Plant groupings and arrangements - in some cases using as few as two or three blooms - include seasonal flowers, leaves, stalks and even twigs, combined with decorative pins or candles. For any proud homemaker, there is something for every taste, occasion and environment, achievable with very little effort and expense.

In addition, priced at a mere R180, this could simply be a small but delightful coffee table book for anyone to pick up and browse through.

Birkenhead Blooms: The floral art of Alyson Kessel by Alyson Kessel is published by Struik Lifestyle (an imprint of Random House Struik (Pty) Ltd) ISBN 978-1-77007-851-2 - Janet Whelan