By Meda Kessler
Photos by Aaron Dougherty
Forgive us for being flowery, but the Kimbell Art Museum’s upcoming Monet exhibit has filled us with a poetic longing for garden views. We’ve settled for blossoms on our desks, dining tables and nightstands.
Stephanie Bergmann of The Fox and Flower is a self-taught floral designer who loves using cut flowers from her own garden whenever possible. A member of the Fort Worth Garden Club, she’s an occupational therapist by day but has built up a steady following of individuals and businesses such as Fixe and Kendra Scott at The Shops at Clearfork, and Crude Craft Coffee Bar, thanks to her eye-catching arrangements and use of color. Here, she mixes large-petaled blooms with more compact flowers and spikey forms in a two-tone arrangement of purple and white. See more of her work at thefoxandflowers.com.
Actor Joel Grey reveals his camera skills and a love for flowers in The Flower Whisperer, a 120-page ode to blooms big and small. The introduction by his daughter, actress Jennifer Grey, reveals a long spiritual affair with flowers that began when he was a boy and still moves him at the age of 87. A skilled photographer, he celebrates each flower’s form with intimate portraits that showcase petals and stamens. The more abstract photos channel his love of painterly watercolors. A familiar sight at New York City’s flower market, Grey most likely can be spotted checking out his favorite bloom, the lily of the valley. $65, powerHouse Books, powerhouse.com.