Author Amy Stewart talks about gardening, life with chickens, and her latest book, Flower Confidential, a globe-trotting, behind-the-scenes look at the dazzling world of flowers.
Stewart follows a rose from the remote Ecuadoran greenhouse where it's grown to the American retailer where it's finally sold, and visits a huge, stock-exchange-like Dutch flower auction. Stewart's floral romanticism -- she admits early on that she's "always had a generalized, smutty sort of lust for flowers" -- survives the potentially disillusioning revelations of the flower biz. By the end, the book is as lush as the flowers it describes.
Flower-based cocktails and light nibbles will be served.