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JUL-AUG 2018

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Florists to the Field's inaugural dinner was held in the barn at The Farmstead on Woodson Ridge in Mississippi. • Cosmos, gourds, and greenery showcase the variety of Delta Sol farm in Arkansas, where New and Campbell staged a dinner on the levee. • A garland studded with peonies looks regal in a field of yarrow at Oregon's Hammelman Farms. OPPOSITE: For a display of delphiniums at the Wigchert family farm in the Netherlands, the duo used delftware vases as a salute to 17 th -century Dutch history. of this book, its pages hold an interesting and inspiring testament to how agrarian life—particularly in the American South—is pivoting and reconstituting itself for the modern moment. Tapping into the foodie phenomenon, The Farmstead on Woodson Ridge in Oxford, Mississippi, has vegetable and floral farms, a cooking school, guest cottages, and a newly renovated barn that doubles as an event space. On the bluffs of the Mississippi River, Delta Sol in Proctor, Arkansas, once home to a conventional farm with row crops, cattle, and horses, now prides itself on its certified-organic flowers, herbs, and honeybee hives. Wilson, Arkansas, a Delta cotton town near the verge of extinction not long ago, is now a hub of innovation anchored by Wilson Gardens and their cutting-edge work on sustainability. Farming is hard work, and one gets a sense in this book of the real exchange of gratitude that Campbell and New feel for the families (and most of these farms are run by families) who grow the flowers and plants that support their bustling city business and the gratitude that the families feel for them. Florists to the Field chronicles the pair's most ambitious effort in their 25-year partnership: one year, seven states (plus one foreign country), and 12 events honoring a beautiful and bountiful collaboration. The motto at Garden District is "Make it happen," a phrase sure to have heartened many a nervous bride. Readers should feel fortunate that with this new book, once again, Campbell and New have done just that. PHOTO (TOP LEFT) BY BRANDALL ATKINSON J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 | 29

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