Chicago Sun-Times

"Garden columnist and author Amy Stewart sniffs out the intrigue behind the $40 billion per year flower industry in her new book, Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers. She acts as a present-day Columbo as she uncovers answers to unusual questions. Can adding Viagra to a vase of cut flowers prolong their life? Will we be declaring our love with a bouquet of blue roses in the near future? Why have some flowers lost their seductive scent? Stewart sheds light on what we have gained and lost in the endless search for perfection.

Stewart gives us an insider’s perspective of this monster industry with a cool reporter’s eye and fills it out with intimate portraits of people who live their passion for flowers — and she writes it with a gardener’s soul. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, a single red rose will never look the same after reading this book — not just a book for flower geeks. "