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Cut & dried

Dried flowers don’t wilt, you can take your time creating with them, and they look as good as new for many months. Floral artist Bex Partridge shares her tips for preserving the delicate beauty of flowers and plants, and using them creatively, in this extract from her new book Everlastings.

From Egyptian to Victorian times, dried flowers were used for ceremonial purposes, crafting material and fashion. But in the 1980s, as cheap flowers from overseas became widely available, the popularity of dried flowers waned.

The Egyptians, Victorians and everyone in between had no choice but to preserve flowers and herbs – they didn’t have access to roses every season or fresh herbs in the middle of winter. This constant availability

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