Mother’s Day Flowers

I wrote an essay for the Guardian on Mother's Day flower in anticipation of the British Mother's Day (which happens earlier than ours) and in anticipation of the publication of the UK edition of Flower Confidential.  Read it here.

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Eco-Friendly Flowers in the New York Times

"And as in other industries with increasing demand for green products, the floral industry is debating what is environmentally correct. Should flowers be organic — that is, grown without synthetic or toxic pesticides? Or should the emphasis be on fair trade, meaning that the workers who grow and cut them are safe and well paid? Or should consumers favor flowers grown locally, not flown or trucked over long distances? In other words, what,...

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Flower Confidential a February Booksense Notable

The February 2008 Booksense Picks are out from the American Booksellers Association.  This is a sort of national "staff picks" list put together by independent booksellers.  Last year they chose Flower Confidential for the list, and this year the paperback edition is listed again in the "Notables" section. There is really nothing more exciting for me than getting a little love from independent booksellers, so...

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Stirring the Pot

When you record a commentary for NPR, you don’t always know exactly when it will run.  Breaking news can really move things around.  So I didn’t know that my All Things Considered commentary on this nearly-finished Year of Eating Locally was going to run until I started getting pissed-off emails from complete strangers. The commentary is  posted here, and I’ll have more to say on the subject over at...

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