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Learn How to Make Natural Pigments to Dye Silk Ribbons & Linens
Sign up for The Art of Dyeing with Susanna Luck of Nettle Textiles Saturday, July 1st, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market
Susanna Luck of Nettle Textiles is a Portland-based floral designer and textile artist. Learn her recipes and techniques for custom-dyeing beautiful and naturally-hued ribbons and table linens that add a luxe, lustrous element to bouquets and events. Registration: $260 + $75 materials fee (includes all supplies, fabrics, recipes and LUNCH)
More campaign graphics for American Flowers Week 2017!
Last month we unveiled the stunning All-American Sunflower gown created by Seattle designer Amy Kunkel-Patterson of Gather Design Co.that incorporates locally-grown Pacific Northwest sunflowers, rudbeckia, amaranth and ornamental grasses (top left). Now there's more to post and share! Presenting three more amazing creations from Slowflowers.com member designers and flower farmers, clockwise from top right:
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American Flowers Week!
50 labels: $15
100 labels: $20
The Latest from SLOW FLOWERS JOURNAL
The fascinating life of a 1917 Flower Show Trophy
This tarnished silver loving cup is no ordinary tennis or swim meet trophy. Look close and read its inscription: “Woman’s Club of Hollywood Flower Show 1917.” My writer-friend Kathryn Rennerspotted this piece in an online auction. She sent me a note saying: “If you don’t bid on this, I will.” So I did!
Measuring 10-1/2 inches tall by 4-inches in diameter, the vintage silver loving cup is a perfect floral vase. Perhaps you can find something similar at thrift stores or online; or perhaps there’s one in your family that has personal meaning!
My dear friend Paula Panich, a writing mentor whose workshops I’ve taken and who has influenced and nurtured my journey as a professional writer, has a particular interest in Southern California’s flora, native plants and places, and history. Read more of her writing at The Literary Gardener.
She recently devoted “Home Ground,” her regular column in Larchmont Chronicle, the local LA neighborhood newspaper, to 1917 Hollywood and that Woman’s Club of Hollywood Flower Show. Our mutual friend Susan Eubank, librarian at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, lent research assistance.
Phipps Conservatory welcomes a Slow Flowers workshop to its popular floral design certificate program. Debra Prinzing will present: "American Beauty: Slow Flowers, Seasonal Floral Design and Eco-Friendly Techniques" The workshop includes a short lecture, followed by a demonstration and hands-on eco-design workshop. More details can be found here.
June 25 | Washington, PA
Sunday, June 25th, all day
Destiny Hill Flower Farm, a Slowflowers.com member, presents its popular Lavender Festival, complete with workshops, gardening vendors, food and fun. Debra will present "Blooming Beauty: Tips, Tricks and Ideas for the DIY Floral Designer." More details can be found here.
July 2 | Seattle, WA
Sunday, July 2nd, all day
The Slow Flowers Summit brings together thinkers and doers in the progressive floral community, with inspiring and engaging speakers, panels, demonstrations and interactive design.Tickets & details here.
Tuesday, September 12, 9-10 a.m. Debra Prinzing presents "Slow Flowers" as part of this fabulous 2-day symposium about edibles, ornamentals and floral design. Details and registration here.
Got Peonies? Slow Flowers PR Opportunity
Our Slow Flowers friends at Alaska Peony Marketing Group are staging the first annual Peony Design Contest with prizes and the promise of recognition from Florists' Review and the Slow Flowers Journal! Check out the details here and submit photos of your peony designs in these categories:
Entry Deadline: July 10, 2017. Category winners will receive: $150 cash prize
$350 toward fresh Alaska-grown peonies in 2018, free Slowflowers.comdirectory listing & 1-year subscription to Florists' Review.
Slow Flowers in the News
In the May issue ofFlorists' Review, we continue our collaboration with the editorial team, providing compelling content, this time, with stories about two voices in the #slowflowers movement. The "Art for Art's Sake" issue was perfectly timed for a Q&A with Morgan Anderson, Ph.D, of The.Flori.Culture, in a conversation titled "Floral Fine Art," discussing Morgan's doctoral dissertation at Texas A&M University. Morgan previously discussed this topic in an episode of the Slow Flowers Podcast, which you can find here.
We also profiled Christina Stembel, creator and CEO of Farmgirl Flowers, in a Q&A titled "The Business of Flowers," a look at her six-year journey to turn an idea into a multimilliondollar floral design e-commerce business. Look for more of these great stories, targeted to professional florists, vendors and suppliers, in future issues!
There are so many inspiring and informative articles in every issue of Country Gardensmagazine, but there is one in particular that has me very excited to share -- in the Summer 2017 issue.
Called "Painting with Petals," the six-page-spread features Slowflowers.com member and friend Andrea Gagnon, a farmer-florist at LynnVale Studios in Gainesville, Virginia, who grows hundreds of blooms and gathers them into painterly bouquets. For this article, Country Gardens art director Nick Crow, photographer Bob Stefko and I produced a color-theory-packed story illustrated with Andrea's gorgeous bouquets.
Jonathan Forani, staff reporter for The Toronto Star, dove into the Slow Flowers Movement in a fabulous piece featuring local, Ontario-grown flower farmers and floral designers who support them. Several Slowflowers.com members are included in the piece, including Jennifer Fowlow of Wild North Flowers, Sas Long of Floralora Flowers, and others. There are also a few quotes from Debra Prinzingto give a broader context to the story.
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! Last month we broadcast our 200th episode, a milestone worth celebrating!
Check out the wide range of guests we've heard from last month: