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If flower arrangement grows into a hobby-and it is a very delightful one to ride-you will be sending for vases and bowls from all over the house, accumulating flower holders of many shapes and sizes, asking your friends to send possible combinations of flowers and short-stemmed ones for low bowls, planning a background for showing off your handiwork, if it is only a square of plain, dark paper or cloth on the wall behind a shelf or table. You will be arranging a centerpiece for the family dinner table or a bouquet to stand over the fireplace or on a certain low table in the living room, keeping in mind how the setting for each will give emphasis or contrast to its lines. You will be asking for contributions for winter bouquets from friends who love the outdoors. You will watch the announcements of the competitions in flower arrangement held by garden clubs and at flower shows and try some of the problems set for entrants, such as a grouping of three flowers, one of them a bud, or a bouquet typical of the freshness of spring or the quiet of autumn. Even if you don't win a prize, you will have a good time experimenting.
How to Arrange Flowers, Dorothy Biddle. Doubleday, Doran &
Company, New York. 193 j. Excellent for beginners and for use in a small home. The Principles of Flower Arrangement, E. A. White. De La Mare
Garden Books. Dodd, Mead & Company, New York. Selling
Agents. New edition, 1936. Flower Arrangement, F. F. Rockwell and Esther C. Grayson. The
Macmillan Company, New York. 1935. Emphasizes the importance of design and its fundamental principles.
Arranging Flowers Throughout the Year, Katherine T. Cary and Nellie D. Merrell. Dodd, Mead & Company, New York. 1933. Sixty plates and explanation of them. Japanese, massed and modern line compositions.
The Arrangement of Flowers, Mrs. Walter R. Hine. Charles Scrib-ner's Sons, New York. 1933. General rules of good taste in flower arrangement, the principles of Japanese art and modernistic experiments. Japanese Flower Arrangement, Mary Averill. Dodd, Mead &
Company, New York. New edition, 1934. The Flower Art of Japan, Mary Averill. Dodd, Mead & Company, New York. 191 j. The best books on Ike-Bana for the beginner. Many useful suggestions for practising it.
The Flowers of Japan and the Art of Flower Arrangement, Josiah Conder. Sampson, Law, Marston and Company, London. 1892.
Elaborately illustrated. The standard work. Large and expensive. The Art of Flower Arrangement in Japan, A. L. Sadler. E. P. Dut-ton & Co., New York. 1933. The historical development of Ike-Bana.