New York glitterati says
From David Rockefeller relating to Brooke Astor’s 100th birthday party.
The flowers in the Playhouse were simply beautiful and created a magical environment for Mrs Astor’s birthday party.
From the Chairman Emeritus, Old Westbury Gardens
As a special friend for a decade your past and ours are very much intertwined and Old Westenbury Gardens is all the better for the experience.
A pleasure to read
I have never been able to understand how Barry has always been able to make
his life simply overflow – travel, people, places and always flowers. But this book
gives some idea of how it’s done and will bring great pleasure to many people.
Well done, Barry!
This is a great story.
Barry is an exuberant lover of life, an adventurer like Robert Louis Stevenson,
yet he dispenses an artistry with flair and flowers. His courage is strengthened
with sound attention to practicalities and detail. He had to get it right for Harry
Winston, the renowned jeweller on Fifth Avenue. This man had accomplished
much in his own rise to fame, giving him every right to be critical. Barry delivered.
Barry is a witty and pacey writer and when he asked me to edit his book I was
delighted to take on the project. His enthusiasm for life and willingness to grasp
dreams and pursue them creatively until they become a reality, has meant that
he has many great stories to tell. I was obliged to cut the text because the first
version of the book was too long for modern publishing. I was judicious during
this process, and except for one chapter that was too fabulous to leave out, stayed
with the appropriateness of the writing to the title of the book: the relevance
of his love for flowers, and botany, to the path of his extremely successful and
A great read
In the late 1990s I spent a hectic three days with Barry Ferguson in New York when he was running his upmarket flower business. What an adventure that was, a brief insight into his amazing lifestyle. But that was nothing compared with Barry’s lifetime of adventures, in both his work and leisure pursuits. In his new book this enterprising Kiwi tells the story of that special life, including the far flung places he visited in search of flowers and gardens, and the amazing folk he met along the way. A great read.