The Complete Language of Flowers: A Definitive and Illustrated History - Pocket Edition by S. Theresa Dietz

Title:  The Complete Language of Flowers: A Definitive and Illustrated History - Pocket Edition

Part of: Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia 
Author: S. Theresa Dietz 
Publisher: Wellfleet Press / Quarto Publishing Group
Genre:  Home & Garden, Outdoors & Nature
Format:  Hardcover
No. of Pages: 256
Date of Publication:  12 April, 2022
My Rating:  4 Stars

My Thoughts

What a fantastic book to peruse at leisure, lovely illustrations, and reading the accompanying “Symbolic Meanings”, “Possible Powers”, and “Folklore and Facts” was such a pleasure. 

I love learning as much about what interests me historically as I can, and I’m also a fan of herbs, and gardening. This book just really aligned with my interests and I had such a great time reading this. 

Recommended. This will also work gorgeously as a homeschooling resource.

eARC kindly provided by Wellfleet Press - Quarto Publishing Group and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


The Complete Language of Flowers is a comprehensive encyclopedia providing the meanings, powers, facts, and folklore for over 1,001 flower species.

Along with a beautiful visual depiction, each entry provides the flower’s scientific and common namescharacteristics, and historic meanings and powers from mythology, medieval legends, folklore, and flower poetry.

For centuries, symbolic flower meanings have fascinated readers, writers, poets, and suddenly smitten couples alike. Extremely popular during the Victorian era, these floriographies flourished and versed the public on the hidden meaning of popular flowers such as:

  • Purple Tulip—Eternal love
  • Amaryllis—Adventurousness; Enthusiasm; Passion
  • Daisy—Beauty and innocence; Cheer; Childlike playfulness
  • Sunflower—Ambition; Constancy; Devotion

Together with stunning full-color illustrations and two indexes, one for searching by common flower name and the other organized by meaning, this beautiful reference is a must-have for gardeners, florists, and flower enthusiasts. Whether you’re looking to arrange the perfectly bespoken wedding bouquet or to understand what the yellow rose you just received from an admirer means (friendship), this updated floriography is a visual delight.

Elegantly designed and beautifully illustrated, the Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia series offers comprehensive, display-worthy references on a range of intriguing topics, including birthday astrology, dream interpretation, techniques for harnessing the power of dreams, and the stories behind signs and symbols.


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