"American Beauty: The Slow Flowers Story" 


During three wonderful September days in Denver, I reconnected with my Slow Flowers friends and met many new ones. I was there as a guest of the Denver Botanic Gardens for a second time as a featured presenter, as part of the 2018 Bonfils-Stanton Lecture Series, “The Edge of Art and Gardens.”

Hats off to the educational staff, including director Matthew Cole and associate director Sarah Olson and the other amazing staffers for making me feel welcome and for running such an excellent program for my lecture: “American Beauty.” 
Special thanks to the Denver Botanic Gardens for filming my recent presentation!
Click on the link above to watch. 



The Slow Flowers SUMMIT took place on June 29th in Washington, D.C., and if you missed it, no worries! You can now enjoy a "virtual" pass to experience Christina Stembel of Farmgirl Flowers' inspiring keynote, as well as all four of the featured presentations that we recorded on video. Click the video trailer above to get a taste of the Summit Video Package, which you can download and watch for an affordable price of $48.

SLOW FLOWERS on the Road


PepperHarrow Farm -- Iowa

SLOW FLOWERS travel for lectures and events continued through much of September. I'm so appreciative of all the groups who hosted gatherings with flower farmers and floral designers like you -- people who value ethically-grown flowers and seasonal sourcing! Above, students and instructors at the two-day farming, creative writing and floral design workshop at PepperHarrow Farm in Winterset, Iowa (Photo by Liz Brown @estorie)


On September 8 & 9, Jennifer and Adam O'Neal of PepperHarrow Farm in Winterset, Iowa, hosted seven students for their two-day flower farming workshop packed with essential information and incredible value for those who attended. Margaret Ludwig of Giverny Design taught an inspiring design workshop and I enjoyed a fabulous morning teaching writing modules from the Slow Flowers Creative Workshop curriculum. 


MoKan Farmer Florist Connection: Kansas City

What a great Missouri-Kansas gathering of flower people. (Photo by Tiffany Marie Buckley)

Thanks to Andrea K. Grist of Andrea K. Grist Floral Art and Florasource KC for hosting a sold-out dinner gathering in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. It was wonderful to meet Slow Flowers members -- flower farmers and floral designers alike -- as well as people from the horticulture and gardening worlds.

We enjoyed a farm-to-table meal at The Homesteader Cafe, followed by my presentation on the 2019 Slow Flowers' Floral Insights and Industry Forecast. I loved hearing from many who shared their floral stories with me. A perfect autumn visit to the heartland!



A beautiful hand-lettered chalk sign declares American Flowers Week at M&M Plants (Photo by Erin Tetterton Photography)

Did you Celebrate American Flowers Week with us?!

Slow Flowers contributor Mackenzie Nichols continues her series with a new article sharing branding inspiration from Slow Flowers members in Maryland and Missouri!

You'll gain insights and inspiration from her interviews with Kelly Shore of Petals by the Shore and Andrea K. Grist of Andrea K. Grist Floral Art. These two designers reveal their recipe for creating special American Flowers Week workshops that engage their customers and colleagues in important conversations about domestic, local and seasonal flowers.

Save the Date: Slow Flowers Summit 2019


Ularas Offer for Slow Flowers Members


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What's New in the Slow Flowers Journal


The September issue of Florists’ Review -- Issue No. 14 of the Slow Flowers Journal --features three stories about members who are changing the way the marketplace engages with and consumers flowers.

The section begins with a celebration of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers' 30th Anniversary, and the amazing growth of this organization that defines the domestic cut flower landscape.

ASCFG boasts 1,600 members who produce and grow the freshest, most unique and artistic blooms, foliages and ornamentals, in perfect alignment with the Slow Flowers Mission and Ethos.



For 30 years, the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers has delivered fresh, local and seasonal blooms to florists and designers. Featured in the above photo: Lennie Larkin of B-Side Farm in Sebastopol, Calif.

GROWING HER OWN: Blue Morning Glory Studio


Kirsten Bosnak and Bob Gent of Blue Morning Glory Studio embrace the farming lifestyle by growing and designing local flowers in Lawrence, Kansas; (c) Chelsea Donoho, (c) Jana Marie Photography and (c) Christian Gideon

WILD-GATHERED: Kelly Sullivan of Botanique


Seattle florist Kelly Sullivan of Botanique Flowers considers foraging an essential facet of her design business. She teaches workshop students the fine art of foraging for their design work. (c) Anna Peters



The September issue of SuperFloral features two sunflower case studies, shared from the perspectives of cut flower growers and grocery floral buyers, including Slow Flowers member Nellie Ashmore, owner of That Girl’s Flowers in Clarksville, Ohio.

You can trace the ancestral origins of Helianthus annuus, the common sunflower, to the prairies of the United States and much of Central America. Modern-day breeding has transformed the once simple 2- to 3-inch flower into mammoth varieties, with blooms up to 12 inches in diameter, as well as statement blooms available in an array of fashionable petal colors.

There are fields across the country producing sunflowers for seed and vegetable oil, both products found on supermarket shelves. But it’s in the floral department where ornamental sunflowers really shine, serving as a beacon that excites and inspires shoppers to take home bright, cheery bunches as a habitual practice.


Fall 2018

For the second time, a Slow Flowers member has grabbed Living the Country Life's coveted "cover farmer" spot -- and we congratulate Andrea Gagnon of LynnVale Studios for the beautiful image featuring farmer, flowers and family dog, 

This story was originally produced and written by Debra Prinzing for Country Gardens magazine in 2017. Thanks to the new edition, there are 8 beautiful pages of flower photos to enjoy alongside the article. (Photos by Bob Stefko)

THE CHRONOTYPE (Rice Lake, Wisconsin) August 22, 2018

Member Carla TePaske of The Little Garden that Could shared a feature article about her Cameron, Wisc.-based startup flower growing business and we couldn't be happier for her!

Carla's story is one that connects local flowers with people in her community and she uses resources from Slow Flowers to educate and inspire customers to value her backyard blooms. The writer notes: "In addition to satisfying her passion for petals, TePaske's little business also promotes the Slow Flowers movement."




October 15-16, 2018
Hosted by Holly Heider Chapple, Hope Flower Farm
Waterford, Virgnia

For the third year, Holly Heider Chapple will welcome designers and flower lovers from near and far to Flowerstock at HOPE Flower Farm.

Floral professionals and members of the floral community will gather two days of demonstrations and talks by renowned floral designers.

Debra Prinzing will join Holly for the second year to experience and teach at Flowerstock, leading creative writing exercises for attendees, guiding as everyone begins to transcribe a personal floral narrative.

LISTEN: Slow Flowers Podcast Episodes for September


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 365,000 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:

Welcome to our New Slow Flowers Members


September 2018 New & Renewing Members

What a month! We welcome 20 members, including 11 new members and 9 renewing members. In all, they represent 12 states and 1 Canadian Province.

Ashley Fox Designs, Woodbury, MN

*Belle Blooms Farm, Frederick, MD

*Blue Green Gardens, Lancaster, OH

Chattahoochee Queen, East Point, GA

Chez Bloom Flowers & Events, Minneapolis, MN

Evermore Forest Farm, Harris, MN

Farmhouse Flowers, Forest, IN

*Flora Organica Designs, Arcata, CA

*Free Range Flowers at Martin Farm, Gracey, KY

Grateful Gardeners, Gaithersburg, MD

*MycoFloral Farm, Chicago, IL

Neve Brothers Inc., Petaluma, CA

Posy KC, Kansas City, MO

Roadside Blooms, North Charleston, S.C.

*Stems Alaska, Homer, AK

*Sweet Gale Gardens, Ontario, Canada

Sweet Soil Farm & Flowers, Washington, MO

That Girl’s Flowers, Clarksville, OH

*The Rustic Bunch, Leesport, PA

*Wildwood Flora, Cincinnati, OH

*Denotes Renewing Members

Meet the Slow Flowers Team


SOCIAL MEDIA MAVEN Niesha Blancas of Fetching Social Media.
If we feature you on Instagram or Facebook, it's Niesha you have to thank!
She loves giving shout-outs to Slow Flowers members, our Podcast guests, our Event Partners and our Summit speakers. Niesha has more than doubled the followers on @myslowflowers since we teamed up last fall.
You can learn more about Niesha and her consulting packages for creatives here. Follow her @fetchingsocial or @nieshamonay

VENT 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.

Slow Flowers Sponsorship Menu 2019


Slow Flowers is so grateful for the organizations and companies that we have partnered with in the past year. If you're interested in learning more about joining our Strategic Partnership Program, follow the link below and contact Debra Prinzing. We'd love to talk!

Slow Flowers Sponsor Thanks