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Check It Out: Celebrate floral design as spring arrives

The Columbian
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Spring is less than a month away, and I am pretty darn excited about it. I’m looking forward to all sorts of springtime activities, especially sitting outside on my patio and watching nature wake up from her long winter nap.

The last day of February is National Floral Design Day, and I thought it would be a perfect time to celebrate both floral design and spring (coming soon to a yard near you).

It’s a little early yet for the full splendor of spring flowers and blooming trees, so to tide you over until Mother Nature puts on her finest bling, today’s reading recommendations include ideas for creating a spring-like atmosphere in your home. A floral quilt, a ribbon flower, a knitted tulip beret, who says these DIY florals won’t put a spring in your step?

If you’re lucky enough to possess real flowers right now, you’ll find a modern approach to floral arrangements. The downside to natural petals is that eventually they fade and die, but if you press your pretty posies before they’re gone, some of their beauty can last forever. Don’t just put them between the pages of a book — learn the art of pressing flowers by checking out a fun and inspiring guide by Jennie Ashmore.

While winter gardens are transitioning to spring, be sure to check out the many garden and floral-related titles available at the library. Gardening guides will help you tend to your natural garden, and handicraft books will allow you to create a garden you can draw, arrange and wear.

• “10-Step Drawing Flowers: Learn to Draw 75 Flowers in Ten Easy Steps!” by Mary Woodin.

• “The Art of Pressed Flowers and Leaves: Contemporary Techniques & Designs” by Jennie Ashmore.

• “Creating Ribbon Flowers: The Nicholas Kniel Approach to Design, Style, Technique & Inspiration” by Nicholas Kniel.

• “Floral Knits: 25 Contemporary Flower-Inspired Designs” by Martin Storey.

• “The Flower Chef: A Modern Guide to Do-It-Yourself Floral Arrangements” by Carly Cylinder.

• “Great Book of Floral Patterns: The Ultimate Design Sourcebook for Artists and Crafters” by Lora S. Irish.

• “Kaffe Fassett’s Bold Blooms: Quilts and Other Works Celebrating Flowers” by Kaffe Fassett.

Jan Johnston is the collection development coordinator for the Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries. Email her at readingforfun@fvrl.org.

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