Cover Art: Tulips & Twigs

Week 12, as we revisit the 10-year anniversary of the book, Slow Flowers 

Cover artwork for Slow Flowers Book
The original cover of Slow Flowers (2013), designed by Holly Rosborough
2023 version of tulips and twigs
For the 2013 interpretation of my cover arrangement, I added pink tulips to the primary yellows and reds. And of course, my all-time favorite vintage vessel of unknown flea market origin has a starring return performance.

“Tulips & Twigs” are contained in a lime green vase to grace the cover of my 2013 book, Slow Flowers. It made a lot of sense that St. Lynn’s Press designer Holly Rosborough selected one of my spring arrangements, since the book was originally published February 1st of that year. This is the piece that also kicks off Week One of the book.

opening pages from Slow Flowers book

In it, I wrote:

“Together, the tulips and the vase make a bold, graphic sttement. The organic branches and twigs soften the design. Curly willow is placed irregularly, seeming to embrace the entire arrangement.”

Tulips and twigs vertical image

Notice how this intepretation, one decade later, incorporates curly willow as a vase wrap, as well as loops of the willow used in and among the tulips.

All ingredients are sourced from Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, a habit I began while creating Slow Flowers:

Curly willow, grown by Jello Mold Farm
Tulips, grown by La Flor Farm and JARN Co. Flower Farm.

Debra Prinzing

Debra Prinzing is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and leading advocate for American-grown flowers. Through her many Slow Flowers-branded projects, she has convened a national conversation that encourages consumers and professionals alike to make conscious choices about their floral purchases. Debra is the producer of, the weekly "Slow Flowers Podcast" and the American Flowers Week (June 28-July 4) campaign. Debra is author of 11 books, including Slow Flowers (2013), The 50 Mile Bouquet (2012) and Slow Flowers Journal (2020). She is the co-founder of BLOOM Imprint, the boutique publishing arm of Slow Flowers.

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