Last summer, at the annual Garden Writers Association conference, I was quite taken by a flower arrangement at one of the booths. I struck up a conversation with the talented creator of the bouquet, Miriam Goldberger, who also happens to be a fellow garden writer and the co-owner (with her husband) of Wildflower Farm in Southern Ontario. At the time, Miriam told me about a new aspect to her business where brides would come to her farm and she would help them design their wedding bouquets using the wildflowers picked on her property.
I thought to myself: “What an ingenious way to introduce people to wildflowers.” That’s the moment when I started looking forward to reading Miriam’s book. Fast forward to this spring, when Taming Wildflowers officially launched. I managed to get my hands on a copy and immediately started flipping through the pages of flower porn – er, photography. I think too often people equate wildflowers with weeds, but some of the tried and true favourites you see at the nursery may surprise you – they are wildflowers, from echinacea to tickseed to black-eyed Susans. Miriam walks the reader through what wildflowers are and their importance to pollinators and our eco-system before listing off her favourite wildflowers by season. Then, at the back of the book, she provides more insight into that “DIY Wildflower Wedding Experience” I mentioned earlier. There are also wildflower and garden design ideas, and, of course plenty of growing advice.
Miriam’s enthusiasm about wildflowers is contagious and it’s clear that she’s the go-to expert on the subject. When I wrote a recent post on planting milkweed, I knew where to turn. I was also inspired to grow a few wildflowers from seed, including bergamot (aka beebalm). And I knew what type of milkweed to purchase, so I’ll be consulting the book for planting tips when it’s delivered to my house!
What’s your favourite wildflower?