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*Ticket Promotion*

If you're thinking of attending the Slow Flowers SUMMIT, coming up on June 29th in Washington, D.C., here's your incentive to grab your ticket NOW! 
Reserve your ticket to the SUMMIT between today and Sunday, May 20th and you'll be entered into a drawing to join Debra Prinzing at the July 1st AIFD Foundation Evening featuring Laura Dowling. See event details below:
Last month's Slow Flowers Luxury Package Ticket Promotion ended on Sunday, April 22nd — Earth Day. And I’m excited to announce our winner, chosen in a blind drawing: Marian Purviance of What Cheer Flower Farm in Providence, Rhode Island. Marian, we’re so happy to award you with the $400 gift package, which includes a full year Premium membership in Slow Flowers and one night’s stay at the Marriott Wardman Park, the Summit hotel. Marian will receive the gift package valued at $400, which includes one year Premium membership in Slow Flowers and one night’s stay at the Marriott Wardman Park, the Summit hotel. Congratulations!
SUMMIT Details
When: Friday, June 29, 2018 (8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Where: Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.
Why: We're excited to co-locate with AIFD's National Symposium "Discover"
What is the Slow Flowers Summit?
Called a "TED Talk for Flower Lovers," the SUMMIT is a one-day lecture series for creative professionals, thought leaders and pioneering voices in the progressive American-grown floral community. Designed to stimulate curiosity, examine conventional assumptions and explore conscious and ethical practices in the floral industry, the Summit agenda asks speakers and audience members alike to inquire, inform, include, instigate and inspire
Who: Debra Prinzing developed the SUMMIT as an a new "live" component to the American Flowers Week campaign (June 28-July 4). AFW devotes a week of activity via events and social media platforms to promote domestic flowers, raise consumer awareness and unite America’s flower farmers with the U.S. floral industry.
Click here to Register for the 2018 SUMMIT►
What's New in the Slow Flowers Journal
Read my recommendations about the best new books for gardeners and flower lovers in an online review, found at Slowflowersjournal.com.
"Slow Flowers Journal" (print edition) appears in the pages of Florists' Review. 
Inspired by our online magazine, also called Slow Flowers Journal, the print edition is packed with beautiful, relatable stories about florists, flower farmers and other pioneers in the Slow Flowers community. 
The April issue's theme is all about DESTINATION WEDDINGS. I profiled a number of uber-talented Slow Flowers members — flower farmers, florists and farmer-florists who serve couples inspired by place, season and local flowers. Each has an unique approach and commitment to ensuring that a ceremony is adorned with craftsman-grown flowers designed with artistry and reflective of their values and a couple’s vision.
Discover more fresh, original content online at SlowFlowersJournal.com
Click here to read the April Issue recap and download free PDFs►
Click here for Florists' Review's special subscription offer►
SLOW FLOWERS in the News 
American Horticultural Society's Great Gardeners of America Award honors Debra Prinzing with the Frances Jones Poetker Award for 2018
Last month the American Horticultural Society announced that I am the 2018 recipient of a Great American Gardener Award, one of 12 such awards given this year. Named for Frances Jones Poetker, a floral designer, author and lecturer, this award was first given in 1988.
It recognizes significant contributions to floral design in publications, on the platform, and to the public. Why am I so excited about receiving this recognition?! To me, the award legitimizes all of the efforts of the Slow Flowers Community as we work tirelessly to change the floral landscape in the U.S.
At any rate, this is OUR award, for the entire Slow Flowers Community, and its existence moves what many consider a “fringe” movement to the mainstream where the consideration of seasonal, local and sustainable flowers is top of mind. It’s merely a piece of paper that I can frame, but I’m honored to accept it and share it with you.
EATING WELL's Lindsey M. Roberts penned this lovely piece in the current issue.
"Better Blooms for Mom," sending readers to slowflowers.com for their Mother's Day blooms!
Elle Decor Italia's writers Laura Drouet and Olivier Lacrouts asked us to explain the Slow Flowers movement's origins starting right here.

"Following the footprints of the pioneers of the global food movement, the Seattle-based writer Debra Prinzing founded slowflowers.com in 2014. The initiative, which she describes as an “inclusive community”, aims at supporting a short flower supply chain by connecting farmers, florists, stores and customers. “Our mission", she explains, "is to change the flower sourcing practices of consumers and professionals through outreach and education that highlights the benefits of local, seasonal and domestic floral agriculture."
Slow Flowers member and supporter Erin Benzakein of floret and "Flower Confidential" author Amy Stewart are also featured in the article.
ASCFG's Cut Flower Quarterly 
In its Spring 2018 issue, ASCFG invited Debra Prinzing to share a preview of the upcoming Slow Flowers Summit.
Garden Center Magazine 
Author Brooke Bilyj included a prediction from the 2018 Slow Flowers' Floral Insights & Industry Forecast report in her roundup of hot container gardening trends:
"American made For years, Prinzing has been promoting locally grown blooms, what she calls “slow flowers.” In her annual Floral Insights & Industry Forecast for 2018, she identified “slow pottery” as the next emerging trend, as florists and floral retailers are partnering with artists to design custom vases. For example, Chicago-based floral studio Field & Florist commissioned a ceramicist to create a convertible vase, with a large opening for full flower arrangements and a lid that creates a smaller opening to display just a few stems."
Click here to read the full article ►
Upcoming Slow Flowers Events 
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
9:30-10:30 a.m.
2:30-3:30 p.m.
AIFD has invited Debra Prinzing to speak on "Field to Vase: Connecting Grower, Florist and Consumer" as part of the group's first-ever "Field to Vase Florists" educational track at this year's Symposium. The track is promoted as "acknowledging the movement toward sustainability and locally grown, AIFD welcomes industry professionals who share the farmer/floral artist lifestyle."
Click here for Registration and more details ►
Adam and Jennifer O'Neal of PepperHarrow Farm announced their first "Flower Farming, Floral Design, and Creative Writing Workshop" -- and Slow Flowers will be there.
Immerse yourself in the farm for two gloriously full days of flower farming, inspiration, design, and fellowship. This beginning flower farmer workshop is for the hands-on learner and goes in-depth into the basics of flower farming, creative writing, floral design, and developing your flower farming business.
Students will gather with like-minded flower souls while learning and seeing life on a beautiful working flower farm. Throughout the course, personalized instruction will delve extensively into the essentials of flower farming so attendees leave with the confidence to bring flower farming goals to life. In addition to all of this incredible content, Margaret Ludwig, of Giverny Design, in New Orleans, will be leading creative instruction on floral design.
Click here for Registration and more details ►
SLOW FLOWERS IN KANSAS CITY WITH MoKan Farmer-Florist Connection 
September 11, 2018
MoKan Farmer Florist Connection's Facebook Group is open to anyone who has an interest in organic/sustainable gardening practices, flower farming, floral design, and growing the Slow (local) Flowers Movement in America.
Members are invited to share flower farming experiences, availability of product, seed sources, greenhouse growing, flower conferences, floral designs, branding, sales and marketing, wedding work and more. Its creator is Slow Flowers member Andrea K. Grist of Andrea K. Grist Floral Art. If you're interested in attending, contact Andrea at: andrea@andreakgristfloralart.com.
TREND SUMMIT Conference 2018
September 17-21, 2018
Hosted by Hitomi Gilliam AIFD of Design 356, Vancouver, British Columbia

Hitomi Gilliam invites all movers & shakers within the floral industry – forward thinking growers, vendors, designers, educators, & influencers to a multifaceted conference focused on lifestyle trends and how the flower industry should respond to the pulse of consumers.

Become a stronger influencer of trends and join the group discussions & presentations led by an amazing panel of presenters, including Holly Heider Chapple (Hope Farms & Chapel Designers), Leatrice Eiseman (Pantone Institute), Gregor Lersch (Global Design Expert), Hitomi Gilliam AIFD, Debra Prinzing (Slow Flowers) and ‘The New Voice’ (Under-40 Influencers Panel).
Click here for Registration and more details ►
September 13-14, 2018

As part of the annual Bonfils-Stanton Lecture Series, Debra Prinzing returns to the Denver Botanic Gardens to lecture, teach and participate in two amazing days of Colorado-grown flowers. Here's the schedule of events (all are separately ticketed and require advance registration):
Thursday, September 13th
10:30 a.m. Farm Tour & Lunch at The Fresh Herb Co., a farm featured in "The 50 Mile Bouquet."
6:30 p.m. Debra's Lecture: American Beauty, The Slow Flowers Story (come early for Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver)
Friday, September 14th
9 a.m. Urban Flower Farm Tour at CityGal Farms with Slow Flowers member Kimberly Burton
11:30 a.m. Tour, Lunch and Workshop at Red Daisy Farm with Slow Flowers member Meg McGuire and Debra Prinzing
Click here for Registration Details ►
September 24-26, 2018
On Wednesday, September 26 (1:30 p.m.) join me for a Future-Looking Floral Industry Overview and early peek at the 2019 forecast for flower farmers and farmer-florists alike.
I last spoke at ASCFG six years ago, at the 2012 Symposium in Tacoma, Washington.
So much has changed for the good in the subsequent years and I'm excited to share my insights and experiences with ASCFG's attendees.
Click here for Registration and More Details ►
LISTEN: Slow Flowers Podcasts for April

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!

Listeners have downloaded more than 312,000 episodes to date! Check out the wide range of guests introduced to you last month and join the thousands of listeners we educate and inform each week:

Coming up Soon! Mark your calendars as I'll be joining Yvonne Ashton of the popular Mornings with Mayesh on Facebook
May 15th at 10 AM EST / 7 AM PST
We will be LIVE talking all things flowers - availability, care & handling, design, marketing & more - and answering your questions. Also, we are excited to announce that our special guest will be Debra Prinzing of SLOW Flowers! Send in your questions -- you can post on Mayesh's Facebook page.
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Welcome to our New Slow Flowers Members

We welcomed 16 new & renewing members representing 11 states to Slowflowers.com in April! Check them out and be sure to follow and say hello on social media!

A Bit of Earth Flowers, Scotts Valley, California
Bare Root Flora, Denver, Colorado
*Brownings Blossoms, Lexington, Kentucky
CMS Floral Design, Des Moines, Washington
*Dancing Flower Farm, Lopez Island, Washington
floret flowers, Mt. Vernon, Washington
Flower Hill Farm, St. Louis, Missouri
Flowers & Weeds, St. Louis, Missouri
Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Waterford, Virginia
*Hypothesis Studio, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Jello Mold Farm, Mt. Vernon, Washington
Killing Frost Farm, Missoula, Montana
Larkspur Flowers & Design, Chicago, Illinois
Mandalion Designs, Petaluma, California
Pine State Flowers, Durham, N.C.
The Local Bouquet, Little Compton, R.I.
*Denotes NEW Members
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Click here to read the full 2018 Report from Slow Flowers►
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