Close to 100 plates, in full color, make this a book all amateurs who want to qualify for prize winning flower arrangements will want to own. The text, backed with the authority of the name of a professional of nationwide fame in her field, is sound, comprehensive, informative, but- for the complete amateur- it lacks any inspirational quality. It is certainly designed more for the owner of extensive gardens (complete with gardener), private greenhouse, or purne to have ready access to a good florist. There are almost no suggestions applicable to those who must do with makeshifts in the way of containers, limited equipment, budgeted funds and time. Definitely for the ""carriage trade"". The subject of background, kind of setting, color, and so on are dealt with in the opening chapters. One chapter is given to the Japanese tradition and influence; another to period arrangements and flower shows (more by way of influence and trends than in the ""ho. to do it"" vein). Fruit and vegetable arrangements, very often neglected in such books, are discussed; A chapter devoted in church arrangements, should prove useful. The most practical sections deal with arrangements for special occasions- and the final chapter on flower . Special. A beautiful book- 8x11 with superb reproductions.