Rob Plattel shows seminar students at Flower School New York how to employ normally unused parts of plants to support an arrangement.
Photos of Jacqueline van der Kloet's gardens around the world, showing her artful mix of fall bulbs in bloom in New York, Holland, and at her home.
Dutch garden designer Jacqueline van der Kloet plants bulbs in an unusual way, creating painterly results in the garden. For a slide show of her favorite tulips, go to Jacqueline van der Kloet's Favorite Tulips and for a slide show of van der Kloet's gardens in bloom, see our slide show.
As a seasoned and well-traveled garden writer, Noel Kingsbury has long observed the work and aesthetics of some of the leading designers of our time. So the prospect of him guiding us through their own gardens is one of great promise, even excitement. The result is a new title from Pavilion Books, Garden Designers at Home, in which Kingsbury and a legion of photographers reveal the personal gardens of 27 designers of international renown. Six are in Europe, 12 in Britain, and another six in the United States.
Disseminated at the height of Europe's seventeenth-century flower frenzy, the first nursery catalog was a masterpiece and a marketing strategy. It was published as a Florilegium (collection of flowers), and compiled by Dutch entrepreneur Emmanuel Sweerts (1552-1612). Before its publication, Sweerts peddled curiosities—stuffed birds and shells, as well as tulip bulbs. He would soon consolidate his wares.
Tulip mania is in full bloom in the Netherlands right now, as shown by these amazing photographs of the bulb fields in bloom. The area is known as Bloembollenstreek, or flower bulb street, a strip of 19 miles between Haarlem and Leiden, where fields of flowers are grown. The flowers start blooming in January and lillies bloom late in May, but mid-April is the time for the area's most famous flower, the tulip, to shine.
During the 17th-century economic bubble known as "tulip mania," tulips were an unparalleled symbol of luxury, and they fetched a pretty (and speculative) penny. European audiences found the tulip's saturated colors to be exotic, wonderful, and worth the cost of a posh Amsterdam flat on the canal. The tulip frenzy would crash of course, but today, after a recovery period of several centuries and the introduction of new floral species to temper the tulip's allure, the flower has settled into a comfortable spot: still cherished, but a lot less expensive. Sometimes, they're even free.