Book Review: Floriography – An Illustrated Guide to the Victorian Language of Flowers

Floriography: An Illustrated Guide to the Victorian Language of Flowers
Author: Jessica Roux
Genre: Flowers, Gardening, Reference, Art, Nature
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Published: September 15, 2020
Rating: ★★★★★

A charming, gorgeously illustrated botanical encyclopedia for your favorite romantic, local witch, bride-to-be, or green-thumbed friend.

Floriography is a full-color guide to the historical uses and secret meanings behind an impressive array of flowers and herbs. The book explores the coded significances associated with various blooms, from flowers for a lover to flowers for an enemy.

The language of flowers was historically used as a means of secret communication. It soared in popularity during the 19th century, especially in Victorian England and the U.S., when proper etiquette discouraged open displays of emotion. Mysterious and playful, the language of flowers has roots in everything from the characteristics of the plant to its presence in folklore and history. Researched and illustrated by popular artist Jessica Roux, this book makes a stunning display piece, conversation starter, or thoughtful gift.

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I absolutely LOVED this book. It has jumped to the top of my favorite books read this year list. It is both gorgeous and really interesting. Not only are there beautiful illustrations of each flower, but also included are the meaning and origin of each flower and suggestions for other flowers to pair with them. It is well-researched and really nicely done.

Hands down, my favorite part of this book is the addition of poisonous flowers. I am fascinated with poisonous flowers, so when I came across Belladonna, Foxglove, and Hemlock, I actually squealed with delight.

Although I was given an eARC from Netgalley to offer my honest review, I will definitely be buying my own hard copy for my bookshelf.

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