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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Slow Flowers Newsletter
SLOW FLOWERS NEWS for February 2019 Podcast & Membership Milestones!
The Slow Flowers Podcastachieved a major milestone in January -- with 400,000 downloads. This project began with Episode 100 on July 23, 2013. In the ensuing five years, 287 consecutive episodes have inspired and informed listeners. Other Accolates:
The Podcast has garnered more than 80 Five-Star reviews on iTunes!
GardenComm (Garden Writers Association) awarded the Slow Flowers Podcast with a Silver Media Award for programming in 2018!
Thanks to all of our amazing guests, sponsors, listeners and this generous and supportive community. And thank you to the best editor/engineer ever, Andrew Brenlan!
Meet farmer-florist and foraging maven Carly Jenkins of Killing Frost Farm!Carly will join Louesa Roebuckin the Summit presentation, "The Art & Ethics of Foraging," and the two will collaborate with Christine Hoffmanto lead the interactive large-scale installation at the Summit!
The January issue of Florists’ Review, which includes Issue No. 17 of Slow Flowers Journal, features two extensive packages you'll want to read and save!
This is the second consecutive New Year SFJ section that leads off with the Slow Flowers' Floral Insights and Industry Forecast, titled "Tracking Floral Futures." You'll find our 10 insights about the progressive floral marketplace and how people like you are redefining best practices and the "new normal" for local, seasonal and sustainable flowers.!
The second piece is a remarkable series of 12 months of seasonal and local flowers, designed by Kelly Shore of Petals by the Shoreand photographed by Sarah Collierof Taken by Sarah.
Tracking Floral Futures
Slow Flowers' Floral Insights and Industry Forecast 2019
Floral designer Kelly Shore challenged herself to use only local, seasonal and domestic blooms for a 12-month series of bridal looks. She collaborated with photographer Sarah Collierto capture a stunning Slow Flowers Year.
Kelly owns Petals by the Shore, based in Damascus, Md.. She has set big goals to stretch herself creatively before. In fact, two years ago, her collaboration with Plant Masters, a Maryland flower farm, led to our editorial feature called "Four Seasons of Floral Design."
That idea of producing four styled photo shoots during winter, spring, summer and fall -- each specific to one farm's seasonal harvest -- was artistically inspiring. The gorgeous results demonstrated to Kelly, and to her bridal clients, that it's possible to find local beauty if you look for it, regardless of the time of year.
Our January gallery for Houzz.com features Slow Flowers' Best Floral Design Ideas for Hellebores, including this lovely bridal bouquet with hellebores as the focal flower, designed by Kris Bennett of KRISanthemums in Hermiston, Oregon. All hellebores are from Bennett Botanical Gardens, and the bouquet also includes locally-grown white tulips, green ranunculus from Peterkort Roses (c) the Sweet Life Photography
#1 Our full year of Slow Flowers Galleries for Houzz.com continues for February (NOTE early deadline)! Each Month's floral themes are noted below. SHARE YOUR Best Designs for OUR NEXT Houzz.com Gallery!
You're invited to be part of this ongoing member-only editorial opportunity. Here are more details:
Submit up to 3 images of your designs for each month's theme
Designs should feature local, seasonal and domestic botanicals only (US and Canada)
Include a brief list of ingredients (farm source list preferred)
Deadline: 10th of each month
Publication date: 15th of each month (Note: Holiday-sensitive deadlines are noted in schedule below)
February 10th (2/8 deadline) American-grown roses for Valentine's Day!!
Future months: March 15 (3/10 deadline) Flowering Branches in floral design
April 15 (4/10 deadline) Tulips & Narcissus in floral arrangements
May 15 (5/10 deadline) Peonies in floral design
June 15 (6/10 deadline) Red-White-Blue floral designs for American Flowers Week
July 15 (7/10 deadline) Lisianthus floral designs
August 15 (8/10 deadline) Dahlias in floral design & bouquets
September 15 (9/10 deadline) Sunflowers & Rudbeckia floral design
October 15 (10/10 deadline) Pumpkins and gourds for tablescaping
November 15 (11/10 deadline) Heirloom mums in floral design
December 15 (12/10 deadline) Poinsettias in floral design and decor
#2 -- SUBMIT IDEAS FOR #SLOWFLOWERSJOURNAL IN FLORISTS' REVIEW
Each month, Slow Flowers produces the Slow Flowers Journal (Print Edition) in Florists' Review. From the first issue in August 2017, we've put a priority on publishing articles about our members and their projects, designs, news. Check out the Editorial Topic Calendar above -- Slow Flowers Journal reflects many of those larger themes in monthly content. But we need to hear from you -- what suggestions, ideas and imagery would you like to suggest?
#3 -- Local Flowers for Grocery Channels -- story ideas for SuperFloral Magazine
Each month, Slow Flowers produces a product-sourcing feature for SuperFloral, a sister publication of Florists' Review. The editorial focus is: From Seed to Consumer, covering breeders, growers, importers, distribution, wholesale, bouquet makers, marketers and mass market retailers. DO YOU sell your flowers through a grocery or supermarket channel? We'd love to hear more! Send your suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SLOW FLOWERS in the NEWS
AD French Edition (Architectural Digest)
Slow Flowers is highlighted in this report about how American floral designers are influencing the French floral marketplace.
We love it when our members are featured by the media! We love it even more when they mention how much their brand and business philosophy is influenced by the Slow Flowers Movement.
Thanks to Meridith Isaacson of Verde + Co.for doing just that! According to the article: "She's also committed to sustainability and responsible product sourcing through the Slow Flowers Movement, whose members are dedicated to using American-grown flowers whenever possible."
Congrats, Meri -- great press!
Upcoming SLOW FLOWERS Presentations
Philadelphia Flower Show: Designer’s Studio Saturday, March 2nd (12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.) Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA
The Designer’s Studio is a unique presentation stage on the Philadelphia Flower Show’s main Flower Show exhibit floor, providing prominent exposure for the floral industry. The studio features demonstrations, artistic displays, and lively interactive competitions, all focused on floral design. Thank you to the American Horticultural Society for underwriting Debra Prinzing's Designer’s Studio presentation!
BONUS: After Debra's demo on the Designers’ Studio stage, she has been invited to participate as a contestant in the 5 p.m. design competition, held on the same stage. You can learn more here.
Slow Flowers: Seasonal Floral Design Wednesday, June 5th (6:45-8:30 p.m.)
NORTHWEST HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St. Seattle, WA 98195
Debra will speak about the significant changes in floral agriculture and sustainable floral design that she’s witnessed and documented over the past 10 years.
She will illustrate her presentation with three floral design demonstrations incorporating botanical ingredients sourced locally from area growers. Debra’s books will be available for purchase and signing.
Floral vendors from Pacific Northwest flower farms will have flowers for sale at the lecture.
Program Notes: Be Part of Our 2019 Slow Flowers Podcast
We're excited about a new weekly feature in the Slow Flowers Podcastthat will debut on January 16, 2019. It's called "50 States of Slow Flowers," and that means for each of 50 consecutive weeks on the Slow Flowers Podcast, we'll focus on what's happening in the Slow Flowers Movement, state-by-state -- from Alabama (Jan 16th) through Wyoming (Dec. 25th). For the month of January, we featured:
The series shares detailed information about the 25+ varieties of peonies grown by the Alaska-based Cooperative's member farms, with the goal of answering common questions to choose the best peonies for specific design needs.
If you are a grower, you’ll develop a solid knowledge of commercial-worthy peonies from which to select the perfect cultivars for your field. If you're a floral designer, you’ll develop a better understanding of bloom nuances (size, fragrance, subtle color variations, petal form) and will be able to confidently order peony stems by specific name (versus just color) in order to meet the detailed needs of your clients.
By the end of the series, the Cooperative hopes you’ll be able to choose your favorite cultivars and plant with confidence, knowing which peonies are best for borders and which will need extra support and staking.
Throughout the Passionate for Peonies series, you’ll receive two peony newsletters a week, each dedicated to celebrating a fun and outstanding peony cultivar.
At the series' conclusion, you’ll receive a DOWNLOADABLE PEONY REFERENCE GUIDE, featuring all of the cultivars featured in one, easy to use reference guide.
The Passionate for Peonies series is F R E E to the Slow Flowers Community.
EVENT DIVA Karen Thornton of Avenue 22 Events. Karen Thornton is the talent behind the Slow Flowers Summit and I'm so grateful for her counsel, her organizational genius, her strategic planning and her generally chill approach to anything that makes me panic. We've worked together on two previous events for creativepreneurs and I have to say, Karen's involvement in any event is the *secret sauce* to success! If you attend the Summit, you'll meet both Karen AND Niesha! Follow Karen at @avenue22events.