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Consumer Bunch Floral Design Class
Learn to create a beautiful round design in water. We cover the principals and elements of design, color theory, the care and handling of flowers for longevity+ so much more! All in 2.5 hours of FLOWER FUN����
Everything is included, you bring the creative spirit, and a friend. And go home with an AMAZING floral design.

Class size: 2 students. $95 each
daytime 10-6pm
evenings 6:30-9pm begin April 6, 2020

Have a different topic you are interested in learning more about....Contact me for pricing and set your appointment.


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I am looking forward to meeting you in the classroom and sharing my floral passion and knowledge with you!! I love to learn new things....Hope you do too!!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Slow Flowers Newsletter

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Welcome to JUNE! So much to talk about and celebrate! I hope the information shared in this month's newsletter is useful and thought-provoking, Warmly, Debra
ARE YOU COMING to the Slow Flowers SUMMIT?
Slow Flowers SUMMIT presenters include, left to right: Top row: Teresa Sabankaya, Chantal Aida-Gordon, Amy Stewart; Middle row: Emily Ellen Anderson, James Baggett, Leslie Bennett; Bottom row: Lisa Waud, Nicole Cordier Wahlquist, Riz Reyes
10 Great Reasons to Attend the Slow Flowers SUMMIT
1. It takes place during the heart of American Flowers Week
2. It opens your mind to new ideas, attitudes and provocative thinking
3. It introduces you to inspiring and fresh voices and concepts in the progressive Slow Flowers community
4. It connects you with a talented network of Slow Flowers designers and growers -- doers and thinkers like you!
5. It highlights new channels for domestic flower sourcing and 
eco/sustainable design
6. It challenges you to rethink tired approaches and try something new
7. It gives you updated language to describe your brand and mission
8. It feeds your creativity (plus your palate -- we'll have great eats, drinks and a signature 'Wicked Plants' cocktail from Amy Stewart)
9. It sends you home with a flower-lover's swag bag of cool stuff
10. It puts you at the vortex of the Slow Flowers Movement
Click here to secure your ticket today! ►

What else to do in SEATTLE? Learn a new Skill!

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)
Click here for details & registration ►

June 28-July 4

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 member designers and flower farmers, clockwise from top right:
Click here to download more American Flowers Week graphics ►
LAST CHANCE to order your LABELS
Active members are invited to take advantage of our R-W-B bouquet label program! We'll be shipping out all orders placed by Monday, July 19th
Email with your quantity needs. 
Pay via our PayPal invoice and the labels will arrive, just in time for 
American Flowers Week!
50 labels: $15
100 labels: $20

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.
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Save the Date: Upcoming Slow Flowers Events


June 22 | Pittsburgh, PA
Thursday, June 22, 7-9 p.m.
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 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.

August 6 | Buffalo, NY
Sunday, August 6, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators annual Symposium
"Tribe-Building 101: The Power of Community," with Debra Prinzing of and Nan Sterman of A Growing PassionConference Registration and more details here.

August 9 | Toronto, ON Canada
Wednesday, August 9, 6-8 p.m. (details to come)
SLOW FLOWERS MEET-UP with Debra Prinzing, co-hosted by Rebecca De Oliveira of Blush and Bloom Flower School.

September 11-12 | Chico Hot Springs, MT
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:
  • Bridal Bouquet
  • Artistic Expression
  • Centerpiece
Entry Deadline: July 10, 2017. Category winners will receive: $150 cash prize
$350 toward fresh Alaska-grown peonies in 2018, free directory listing & 1-year subscription to Florists' Review.
Slow Flowers in the News
In the May issue of Florists' 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!
Subscribe to Florists' Review here & order back 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 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. 
Click here to read the article ►
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 members are included in the piece, including Jennifer Fowlow of Wild North FlowersSas Long of Floralora Flowers, and others. There are also a few quotes from Debra Prinzingto give a broader context to the story.
Click here to read the entire Toronto STAR story►
LISTEN: Slow Flowers Podcasts for May
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:

Episode 295 (May 3)Farmer-to-Farmer – ASCFG’s Flower Farmer Mentorship Program
Click here to subscribe to our FREE weekly Podcast►
Welcome to our New Slow Flowers Members

Bash & Bloom, Seattle, WA
Bunches & Blooms, Seattle & Salt Lake
Humble Bee Flowers, Berwick, ME
MiViva Designs, Fountain Hills, AZ
Rhodesia Flower, South Bend, WA
Santa Cruz Dahlias, Santa Cruz, CA
Vanita Floral, Seattle, WA

Click here to Create Your SLOWFLOWERS.COM Listing►
Welcoming our Newest Sponsor: Johnny's Seeds
Thanks for your support, Johnny's Selected Seeds! The creative team posted this lovely Instagram tribute to Slow Flowers recently - sharing the #slowflowerslove, of course. 
Click here to read about Slow Flowers in Johnny's Advantage newsletter►
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Christina Burton-Fox AIFD floral artist & instructor

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