Last Updated on June 8, 2023 by BiblioLifestyle
Flowers and Their Meanings: The Secret Language and History of Over 600 Blooms by Karen Azoulay
Did you know that flowers have their own secret language? Listen in as I chat with the incredibly talented artist and author Karen Azoulay about her captivating book Flowers and Their Meanings. Together, we’ll explore the rich history and symbolism behind flowers, the 19th-century fascination with flower dictionaries, and the hidden messages in Edith Wharton’s works and the blooms in the wedding bouquet of Diana, Princess of Wales.
As we dive into flower symbolism, Karen and I discuss how flowers have been used to communicate emotions and sentiments throughout history. Play along as we uncover the meanings behind various flowers for different occasions, like birthdays, anniversaries, or condolences. So don’t miss this fascinating conversation about the secret language of flowers and the creative process behind Karen’s stunning book.
BOOKS MENTIONED DURING THE SHOW
BOOKS READ, LOVED, AND WOULD NOW RECOMMEND
- Seven Days in June by Tia Williams (Amazon or Bookshop)
- Seen and Unseen by Elizabeth Partridge (Amazon or Bookshop)
- This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett (Amazon or Bookshop)
ABOUT KAREN AZOULAY
Karen Azoulay is a Canadian born, Brooklyn-based artist and author whose projects have been featured and reviewed in publications such as the New York Times, New Yorker, Hyperallergic, and Vogue. Azoulay incorporates performance, photography, sculpture and video into her art. She has a fascination with floral symbolism and secret messages are often embedded in her work. Inspired by “feminine” motifs, Azoulay explores cultural phenomena that have historically been overlooked with the purpose of recontextualizing and championing them.