"Melissa Bigner and Heather Barrie's gifts with flowers are simply magical. Their approach is easy, stylish and inviting. By combining beautiful photography, with engaging stories and an intuitive sense of how flowers go together, they have captured the pure joy that bouquets bring to our lives. I'll keep this book in my library for their inspiring ideas and as a reminder that simplicity is the best rule of design."

—P. Allen Smith
author and host of P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and P. Allen Smith Gardens

"I couldn't heap more praise upon this book if I owned a backhoe. Melissa's story-telling and behind-the-scenes commentary infuse the pages with friendliness and personality. Best of all, Southern Bouquets gives guys like me—who were scared to hand their mothers a fistful of dandelions—the confidence to create timeless arrangements using classic Southern flowers gathered not from the florist, but from gardens, fields, old home sites, and even roadside ditches."

—Steve Bender, Senior Editor, Southern Living magazine

"Romantic, inspirational, and informative, Southern Bouquets captures the beauty and mystique of perennial favorites, while offering history and hands-on instruction. Kudos to Melissa and her dream team—floral designer Heather Barrie and photographer Peter Frank Edwards!"

Belle Decor, Garden & Gun's Design Blog, April 2010

"Finally, a flower-arranging guide that gets it right. In Southern Bouquets, Charleston stylists Melissa Bigner and Heather Barri bypass the usual fussy centerpieces in favor of loose, natural-looking displays that mere mortals can replicate."

Country Living, April 2010

"A pure and simple approach to showing off local flowers? We'll take it... Southern Bouquets, penned and art directed by senior editor Melissa Bigner with Charleston floral designer Heather Barrie, delivers quick, easy-to-understand bloom basics for many of the South's beloved blossoms. No one for fuss, Barrie brings the art of arranging back down to its simple, soil-dusted roots with fresh-from-the garden displays created from Lowcountry gardens and plantations. Each chapter comes with a charming "Southern Story," which Bigner relays in her signature over-the-back-fence candor. The accounts make Southern Bouquets a near-even split between charming eye candy and darn good reading."

Charleston Home, Spring 2010

Charleston, January 2010

Charleston Weddings, Summer 2010



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