Slow Flowers 2017 Floral Insights
Participate in our 3rd annual Industry Forecast
Welcome to October! I hope the information shared in this month's newsletter is useful and thought-provoking, Warmly, Debra
LOOKING AHEAD TO YEAR'S END, Slowflowers.com is preparing to publish its 3rd annual Floral Insights & Industry Forecast. The report covers the Top 10 Emerging Themes important to the Slow Flowers Community and is released widely via channels such as the Slow Flowers Podcast, social media and press releases.
We'd love your input for 2017. Share your thoughts and add your voice as we compile the most important ideas, insights and themes for flower farming and floral design. Give us 5 minutes of your time and answer a few questions by following the Survey Link below.
Slow Flowers Public Relations
LAST CALL for your Harvest-Home-Holiday Submissions!
Two weeks ago we sent the first Call for Images for our 2016-2017 Slow Flowers PR Campaign.
If you have content to share, we'd love to include one example or more of your design work using local and seasonal botanicals. The Harvest-Home-Holiday editorial package will be distributed nationally to lifestyle editors and bloggers. Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to get published! DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: October 10th
Slow Flowers in the News
Central Texas Gardener, an award-winning PBS show, recently featured Debra Prinzing of Slow Flowers and members Frank and Pamela Arnosky of Texas Specialty Cut Flowers at their Blanco, Texas farm
While in the Austin, Texas, area to attend and speak at the Field to Vase Dinner at the Arnosky family's flower farm, our good friend Linda Lehmusvirta, producer of "Central Texas Gardener," brought her crew to film a story about local flowers, slow flowers, field to vase and -- especially -- Texas-grown flowers!
Slow Flowers sponsor Mayesh Wholesale hosted Debra Prinzing of Slowflowers.com and Lisa Waud of Detroit Flower Week, The Flower House and pot & box for a Facebook Live Chat. Above, top row: Yvonne Ashton (Mayesh), Lisa Waud; bottom row: Ali Dahlson (Mayesh), Debra Prinzing
ATTEND: Join Slow Flowers at upcoming events
October 11-15: Detroit Flower Week
Debra Prinzing and numerous members of the Slow Flowers Community join Lisa Waud of The Flower House and pot & box at the inspiring floral convergence of design, art, farming and storytelling.
Read more about Detroit Flower Week here.
October 16: Field to Vase Dinner @ Sunset Magazine Cornerstone
Slowflowers.com is a sponsor and co-host of the amazing Field to Vase Dinner coming up at Sunset Magazine's beautiful new trial and demonstration gardens in wine country.
October 17-18: Slow Flowers Creative Workshop
Russian River Flower School hosts the second Slow Flowers Creative Workshop. Spaces are still available for this excellent program.
Debra Prinzing will teach “floral storytelling” and partner with Dundee Butcher to use local flowers in our expanded design process that includes each student creating a video short for her or his own use. Details and registration link here. Click here to listen to a Q&A with Debra and Dundee as they discuss the workshop.
October 17-18: Flowerstock 2016
Holly Chapple and Hope Flower Farm present the first Flowerstock, two days of demonstrations and talks by renowned floral designers, a marketplace of vendors, flower playtime, live music, food trucks, barn dancing, campfires and glamping!
Slow Flowers is pleased to sponsor this special gathering of our flower friends.
We're also thrilled that Holly and participants of Flower Stock will design and produce one of our Floral Style Fashion images for American Flowers Week 2017!
Find Flowerstock Details and registration link here.
ON THE ROAD with Slow Flowers
I experienced a whirlwind summer and fall of travels that brought me to flower farms, floral studios and other inspiring venues where our Slow Flowers Community gathered for conversation, inspiration and great exchange of ideas!
Thank you to my hosts and friends new and old! Read on to see highlights of those Meet-Ups:
SLOW FLOWERS COLORADO Meet-Up at Red Daisy Farm, Brighton, Colorado
Thank you to Megan McGuire and Terry Bauman of Red Daisy Farm for hosting more than 20 flower farmers and florists in the Denver-Boulder area and beyond for a fantastic potluck barbecue, farm tour, and Slow Flowers networking event on Friday, August 12th!
SLOW FLOWERS at Thistle Dew Farm's Field to Vase Dinner, Quakertown, Pennsylvania
What a treat to connect with so many Slow Flowers friends, members and supporters at the Field to Vase Dinner on September 14th!
I was honored to share remarks about the Slow Flowers Movement to 150 guests of our host David Beahm and Thistle Dew Farm. What a great evening to celebrate local and American grown flowers!
SLOW FLOWERS Hudson Valley Meet-Up at Etsy Event Space, Hudson, New York
Thank you to Marybeth Wehrung of Stars of the Meadow flower farm and members of the Hudson Valley Flower Growers Network for hosting our Slow Flowers Meet-Up at Etsy's beautiful meeting space on Saturday, September 18th.
You'll hear more about this group's emerging American-grown flower hub in a future episode of the Slow Flowers Podcast.
SLOW FLOWERS Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Meet-Up at Spring Forth Farm, Hurdle Mills, North Carolina
Spring Forth Farm, owned by Jonathan and Megan Leiss, is a modern homestead, a small-acre flower farm, and a beautiful North Carolina gathering place for kindred spirits in the Slow Flowers Community.
Jonathan and Megan took the lead in hosting a Slow Flowers Meet-Up/potluck on their farm on Sunday, September 19th and we had a fantastic turnout of folks attending from across North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee! Read my blog post about our Meet-Up and the Slow Flowers Creative Workshop held the following day at Pine State Flowers.
LISTEN: Slow Flowers Podcasts for September
Voices of the Slow Flowers Movement
Each week the Slow Flowers Podcast releases a new episode featuring timely interviews with flower farmers and floral designers whose wisdom and insights will inspire you!
Check out the wide range of guests we've heard from during the month of September:
Episode 261 (September 7): Kathleen Barber of Erika’s Fresh Flowers, a one-woman flower show on the Oregon Coast
Episode 262 (September 14): Luxury flowers on Colorado’s Western Slope with Daphne Yannakakis and Don Lareau of Zephyros Farm & Garden
Episode 263: (September 21) Sunny Meadows Flower Farm’s Gretel and Steve Adams share a preview of the ASCFG Conference
Episode 264 (September 28): Red Daisy Flower Farm in Denver with Megan McGuire, grower, designer and antiques dealer
American Flowers Week News
Seattle Wholesale Growers Market is the generous sponsor of one of five Floral Style Fashion shoots, the results of which will be revealed in the days leading up to American Flowers Week, June 28-July 4, 2017.
We assembled a talented “dream team” to create a prairie-goes-luxe wearable floral gown and photographed it in a pastoral setting that reflects American floral agriculture at its best!
Thank you to everyone involved!!
SLOW FLOWERS DESIGNER: Amy Kunkel-Patterson of Gather Design Co.(Seattle)
MODEL: Flower farmer Kelly Uhlig of Sonshine Farm (Whidbey Island, WA)
HAIR & MAKEUP: Yessie Libby of Yessie Makeup Artistry (Seattle)
PHOTOGRAPHY: Anna Peters of Anna Peters Photogaphy (Seattle)
LOCATION: Everyday Flowers owned by Vivian Larson (Stanwood, WA)
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS
Christina Burton-Fox AIFD floral artist & instructor