Episode 347: Flowers and Beer with April Lemly of Kamama Flowers and the Flower Bar

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Episode 347: Flowers and Beer with April Lemly of Kamama Flowers and the Flower Bar

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 the Slow Flowers Luxury Package . Yesterday, on May 1st, I announced the next ticket sales promotion — and I’d love to share it with you here. Now through Sunday, May 20th , all new registrants for the Slow Flowers Summit will be entered into a drawing for one Dream Designer Package — to join me on Sunday evening, July 1st at an exclusive gathering with Laura Dowling , author and former White House Florist. This private event benefits the AIFD Foundation and I’m going to bring one of you with me to attend and enjoy a dazzling and unforgettable evening. So if you’ve been thinking about attending the Slow Flowers Summit , this promotion might just be your incentive — check out details and find registration information here . It promises to be a fantastic day of networking, inspiration and personal growth. I can’t wait to see you there! The Flower Bar space at the Peninsula Taproom in Sequim. Flowers and Beer (left), including the signature growler with the Peninsula Taproom logo; April and Sean in the doorway (right). I’m so pleased to share today’s conversation with April Lemly of Kamama Flowers . Through Slow Flowers, we’ve reconnected and renewed a 20-year friendship that began at Seattle Infant Development Center where April was a pre-K teacher and my son Benjamin was one of her 5-year-old students. It is so fascinating to see the journey she has taken from teaching to graphic design and small business consulting to a love of flower growing and floral design. So this is a special episode in so many ways. When April and I first reconnected in 2014, she and her partner Sean O’Neill were living in Portland, both engaged in other professions. Last summer, they up and moved to Agnew, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula, about halfway between Port Angeles and Sequim. They bought land, allowing April for the first time to expand from an urban backyard flower grower to small-scale agriculture. They also opened Peninsula Taproom , which is a fantastic place for connoisseurs of regional beer, wine, cider and food — a true gathering place for locals and tourists, with a fun vibe. Taproom patrons love the floral-filled surroundings. (photo courtesy Kamama Flowers) As you’ll hear in our conversation, April has found a way to weave flowers into the culture at Peninsula Taproom. In fact, she has just opened a connected flower studio-classroom-retail space, shared with the taproom. So by day, it’s all about flowers. By night, it’s still all about flowers, but the Taproom patrons are invited to sit at the large work table, including being able to reserve it for groups. And no surprise, many of them pick up a bouquet or bunch of blooms to take home along […]