Mother and daughter, authorities in the field, have put a great deal of their experience and knowledge into this book. Compared with Gladys Taber and Ruth Kistner's Flower Arranging for the American Home (Macrae-Smith- P. 94), this seems perhaps more professional, less practical for you and me, but more important for the people who are already experts and who want to be better. Florists, flower show exhibitors, people who are doing arrangements for public places (clubs, churches, hotels, etc.) will find this book offers- let's say- the Master's degree. To be sure, implicit in the instructions are what the authors consider ""six simple steps""; there is discussion of qualities in foliage and flowers, rhythm and design. There are special sections on church flowers, on making corsages, on table settings, on using flowers available at successive seasons from the garden, or flowers from the florists. There are excellent lists of cutting garden favorites, charts and diagrams of containers, and numerous photographs. There's more money involved -- less bow to the simple home where makeshifts are imperative -- and very little of personal chitchat.