Botanica Book Launch

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The Botanica book launch was this past Saturday, November 4 at Plant in Inglewood.

By the end of the day, most of these books had been taken home by their new owners. There are also copies of Botanica, Stitch*illo and the Compendium available at Plant. (Photo of me by Finley.)

By the end of the day, most of these books had been taken home by their new owners. There are also copies of Botanica, Stitch*illo and the Compendium available at Plant. (Photo of me by Finley.)

Thank you to my son Finley for being so helpful!

Thank you to my son Finley for being so helpful!

Me and some of the local folks featured in the book:  Kyle Chow ,  Irene Rasetti  and  Tiffany Freeman . (Photo by Finley.)

Me and some of the local folks featured in the book: Kyle Chow, Irene Rasetti and Tiffany Freeman. (Photo by Finley.)

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Thank you to my family, Glen and Finley, for all your help; thank you to Kyle for letting us spend a nice afternoon in your lovely shop; and thank you to everyone who purchased the book!

Beautiful Botanica

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Gorgeous! This photo is by Antonio Valente, one of the many dozens of talented and creative people profiled in Botanica. You can see more on his Instagram.

Antonio is a flower grower in Ontario, Canada. He recently launched his new website in which he shares his story: "I’ve been gardening all my life, but I actually come from a long line of avid vegetable growers. I’m currently growing flowers where my father and grand-father once grew their veggies. While I never quite took to vegetable growing as they did, it certainly left a niche for me to fully explore flower gardening. As a child, I remember my dad setting aside a small plot just for me amongst his vegetables. It was here that I was able to grow whatever I chose. I’d grow flowers, make bouquets, and deliver them to family members. Each autumn, after my grandfather had completed the trimming of his small vineyard, I’d use the vines to fashion grapevine wreaths and baskets. Growing up as a creative young boy who was fond of flowers wasn’t always encouraged, however. “Boys don’t play with flowers,” as I was told by an elementary school principal. Passion, however, is relentless in its calling…"

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Read more about Antonio Valente Flowers in Botanica.

Botanica is printed!

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I signed off on the proofs earlier this week and The Prolific Group in Winnipeg doesn't waste time... Botanica was on press today!

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4,000 copies are being produced and the book is 448 pages so that's a lot of paper! (UPPERCASE books and magazines are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper.)

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As indicated above, the next step is some drying time before the book is folded and bound. It's the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend, so that's perfectly timed.

It will be ready to ship very soon, so make sure to place your order for Botanica on its own or as part of the UPPERCASE Encyclopedia of Inspiration.

Happy Thanksgiving!