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THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS IN THE TIME OF COVID by Joan D. Stamm

by: Joan D. Stamm




The author, a Zen Buddhist and ikebana practitioner, was about to visit Japan to research a flower temple pilgrimage when the pandemic struck. It forced her to retreat to her own mountain home with its beautiful flower garden and search, like the rest of us, for solace and meaning where she could find it in that difficult time. What she has produced is a fascinating book which is both intimate and thoughtful, and which introduces us to the poetic and beautiful language of flowers. It reads like a diary, but with every entry Stamm refers to a flower and its meaning with particular reference to the issues of that time in her and our lives. This book lends some meaning to those challenging Covid times and perhaps helps ease the trauma.

152pp, 215 x 140 mm, Paperback, 2023, RRP £11.99