On a small plot of land near Puget Sound in Des Moines, Wash., a quaint maritime city about 15 minutes south of Seattle, is where master gardener Debra Prinzing stops to smell the flowers. Literally. Like the blooms...
Media player: "Space" to play, "M" to mute, "left" and "right" to seek. Australia's slow flower movement is a late bloomer compared to the global trend, but a new collaboration of micro-farmers hopes to encourage consumers to support the...
Flower farmer Rita Jo Shoultz of Alaska Perfect Peony has been recognized before for her efforts to improve her industry and community. In 2014, she was a nominee for Champions of Change for the Future of Agriculture, earning her...
We are super excited to share with you all our fab plans for Mother's Day. As always, we're working hard to keep it locally sourced and British grown and with this in mind bring you a wonderful workshop brimming...
The flora of the Big Island of Hawaii provided Alison Grace Higgins, owner of Grace Flowers Hawaii in Honoka’a, and manager Nicole Cordier, a complex palette with which to dream up their remarkable his-and-hers botanical garments. With the island’s plant...
Today’s guest is April Lemly of Kamama Flowers, pictured in the doorway of her new “Flower Bar,” co-located with Peninsula Taproom in Sequim, Washington. Last week I announced the winner of the Slow Flowers Summit’s ticket sales promotion called...
I'm a flower alchemist and founder of a plant apothecary, so, needless to say, I'm fascinated with all things floral. I believe that the petals we're drawn to speak volumes about our inner desires, and plants hold subtle energies...
Our Wild and Vintage Mother’s Day range is perfect for a Mum that doesn’t like anything too ordinary… these arrangement are full of hand-picked and hand-tied material. They were designed with Wild and Natural at the forefront of our...
Who: Melanie Harringon, owner and designer What: Dahlia May Flower Farm Where: Trenton, Ontario, Canada Social Media: dahliamayflowerfarm.com, @dahliamayflowerfarm About: Opening a permanent retail shop on the flower farm she runs with her husband, Ontario-based Melanie Harrington is a young entrepreneur who has...
In July, Kelly Shore, of Damascus, Md.-based Petals by the Shore, and Beth Van Sandt, co-owner with her husband Kurt Weichhand of Homer, Alaska-based Scenic Place Peonies, documented a quintessential moment for Alaska-grown peonies, all in celebration of American...
Flower grower and sustainability activist Joost Bakker promotes green design and zero waste. Flower grower and sustainability activist Joost Bakker finally has the chance to help realise one of his long-held ambitions – to see the tops of our...
When progressive and curious flower people come together, it’s no surprise that innovative ideas develop, align and reemerge with a new focus. That’s exactly what took place at the second annual Slow Flowers Summit on June 29, which drew...
The Allure of Dahlias

The Allure of Dahlias

Against the backdrop of the October 2017 Tubbs Fire that decimated large areas of Northern California’s wine country, Dahlia farmer Kate Rowe, of Aztec Dahlias in Petaluma, Calif., and farmer-florist Hedda Brorstrom, of Full Bloom Farm in nearby Sebastopol,...
Ellen Hoverkamp’s compositions of just-picked flowers, leaves and herbs are modern-day versions of 17th and 18th century herbarium studies – except, instead of pressing and preserving Dahlia petals that eventually yellow with age, she digitally captures three-dimensional blooms in...
While it may be fashionable to investigate the early childhood of your steak, when was the last time you asked your florist about the provenance of your peonies? According to the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture figures, the...
Love this adorable pic of Hannah Morgan, snapped at one of her workshops for The Field Trip Society It’s wonderful to turn the page, post-Valentine’s Day, and focus on the soon-to-arrive spring season. When I visited today’s guest just...
Perennial Favorite

Perennial Favorite

In 1988, when the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG) was founded, most flower farmers communicated in decidedly low-tech ways. Janet Foss, of J. Foss Garden Flowers in Chehalis, Wash., recalls eagerly awaiting the arrival of her favorite...
While it may be fashionable to investigate the early childhood of your steak, when was the last time you asked your florist about the provenance of your peonies? According to the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture figures, the...
Tobey Nelson poses in a botanical floral throne of her design (c) Suzanne Rothmeyer Photography Last spring, today’s guest invited me to be the opening speaker for her first floral design workshop — and while I’ve attended many and...
A springtime bonanza is not expected. Still? Other flowery loveliness may await. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) The last third of February has a way of inspiring a pondering person to ponder a host of topics that are highly...
San Francisco’s Chinese New Year celebration officially began Saturday, and some say this lunar year will be a favorite among the crowds. That’s because it’s the Year of the Dog and, well, dogs are cute. Chinatown’s annual Flower Market...
The scarlet monkeyflower's wide geographic range across the western US makes it a model system to learn more about climate change responses in plants. Credit: Seema Sheth Demographic compensation has served as a possible explanation for the survival of...
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Puscina Farm

Meet Puscina Farm Sisters Mara, Laura and Teresa Cugusi! The first all-organic flower farm in Italy. These three sisters are also at the heart of the SlowFlowers movement in Italy, which is inspired by Slow Food, Slow Travel and Debra...
Plant Kingdom

Plant Kingdom

A few months ago, The Wall Street Journal published a page-one story titled “Forget the Cat Ladies, Meet the Plant Parents,” followed quickly by a Los Angeles Times’ piece headlined “Love Being #plantparents.” More than a year earlier, in June...
As if we needed a special reason to celebrate the state's signature flower, did you know Friday is California Poppy Day? Yes, the official state holiday of California on April 6 is named for the state flower. You probably...
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