I was intrigued when I was approached by Emma Jarmon to see if I’d be interested in featuring this book. I love flowers, and enjoy them in the house, but am all thumbs when it comes to anything creative. Having said that, I will be trying (being the operative word) to give some of these a go…
Renowned florist and floral author extraordinaire, Judith Blacklock is releasing a new book, Simply Flower Arranging. The doyenne of the floral step-by-step introduces readers to the art of floral design in this up-to-date guide.
Published by The Flower Press, this is Judith’s eighteenth book. It is a compelling compendium of alluring flower recipes for the home florist. It includes all manner of floral creations with 67 simple yet stylish arrangements to choose from, all grouped by type for ease of browsing.
It encompasses both the classic and the contemporary, together with styles that are more rustic, a contrast against others for elegant entertaining whilst some simply embrace the seasons. Other sections indulge those looking for eye-catching quirky pieces, festive Christmas projects, striking collections grouped together and long-lasting displays.
Simply Flower Arranging is exactly what it says. There are multiple titled flower design choices in a beautiful hardback book, perfect for a coffee table. Inside are wonderful colour photographs of the finished arrangments, including step by step instructions complete with colour line drawings for extra guidance, plus hints, tricks and suggestions for alternative twists. There are dedicated chapters on equipment needed and techniques to use.
In her introduction, Judith Blacklock says ‘I have put together a collection of simple flower recipes that are easy to create and just a little bit different. I hope that they will give you inspiration to have a go.’ There are also alternatives given if the flowers used in the book aren’t available.
All the arrangements are beautiful but there were several that stood out as my favourites, including Cinnamon Cocktail, featured on the front cover of the book, Grassy Coat on the left below and Cafe au Lait on the right…
The author of 18 bestselling flower arranging books, Judith Blacklock is founder and CEO of her eponymous Judith Blacklock Flower School. She is currently editor of Flora magazine, one of the leading and most respected of the floristry and floral design magazines.
Prior to that Judith worked in other editorships of floristry magazines for 16 years. She established her prestigious Knightsbridge based flower school in 2000 when she was 51, following the overwhelming success of her flower arranging books. Her first book, Teach Yourself Flower Arranging was published in 1992 and the latest, Simply Flower Arranging is available in 2021.
She is proud that it is the only flower school to have accredited online and face to face classes by both the British Accreditation Council (BAC) and American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD). Indeed, her expertise is much sought after, and she has taught floral design in many continents and countries. Judith has been invited to teach at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show and in Bahrain, Canada, China, Dubai, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Turkey, and UAE. She has appeared frequently on television in the UK and the USA, including most recently the television series Netflix’s Sexy Beasts and Made In Chelsea.
Judith is a Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture, for whom she designed medal-winning stand at Chelsea Flower Show. She organised Flowers@Chicheley and Flowers@Oxford, the largest contemporary cut-flower events that have been staged in the UK.
Judith has provided expertise for many high-profile venues such as Kensington Palace and created many bouquets for members of the Royal Family. She has even taught floral design techniques to celebrities such as Kirstie Allsopp, Gordon Ramsay, Keeley Hawes, John Sergeant and James May from Top Gear. Another credit to her name is acting as a design consultant to large corporations such as Invested, Topshop, Tesco, BT, Channel 4, and M&S.
All her life Judith was surrounded by flowers, be they in the garden, vases or sitting in buckets ready for arranging. Her mother was an avid flower arranger who had a large garden and enjoyed entering competitions, winning gold medals at Chelsea and other big shows.
However, her mother’s inspiration aside, it took Judith until she returned from living in France with two small children aged three and five to join the trade herself. She did a course at Southwark College and then got hooked. She was asked to teach at Richmond College before she finished the course and one thing led to another and she has never looked back.
She is a great supporter of the charity Perennial for retired horticulturists.
Judith lives in Barnes with her husband and has two children. Aside from flowers and her garden, she is a very keen cook, traveller, reads anything and is passionate about the Drifters.