I met a friend to explore the The Scott Resort last Friday for a bit of horticulture therapy... and a cocktail. This renovated resort is decked out with plants - some serious chlorophyll in this dry 110 AZ heat - if you are an plantscaping millennial (I will do another post on that curious topic later) then you will just love this trendy spot.
Also, the decor is on point. That bar has Havana (insert Camila Cabello music) written all over it and makes me want to book a trip to Cuba, like right now. Oh, and my favorite drink we ordered was the mojito (called: Helen & Maude: rum, coconut, lime, mint, soda).
The Slow Flowers Movement is close to my heart. Debra Prinzing, the "mother" of the movement, has been a mentor since my Ph.D. education 5 years ago. Learning about her dedication to revitalizing the flower farmers here in America and educating florists to design with American Grown flowers is remarkably inspiring. Her podcast, books, and website (links below) are great resources for anyone interested in learning about the movement, starting an American floral business, or those just interested in keeping up with industry trends.
To my fellow Arizona flower people, grow flowers! We do not have enough flower growers here in our state! Contact me if you have a garden and want to start selling your lovely botanicals. It would be an honor to design with them.
In February 2017 we were lucky enough to have Debra come visit us in Arizona to tour Whipstone Farm and enjoy an amazing meal with fellow floral industry folks. Following this visit, in the fall of 2017 Debra flew back to Arizona to teach a workshop with Anne E's Garden Fresh, Whipstone Farm, and I (The Flori.Culture) at the Desert Botanical Garden. For more information on this particular class, take a look at this Slow Flower's blog post!
Flashback to the 2015 Farm to Vase class I taught at Austin Community College with Debra Prinzing as our guest speaker (via Skype)! For more information about this particular class, check out Lori Friedman's blog Flowers for the People! Lori describes in detail all of the local Austin flower growers as well as the basket maker!
A special thanks to Debra for being such an leader in our floral industry.
Thank you for all that you do!
So I love Sakara. I had been wanting to try this plant-based meal delivery service for a year or so and finally decided to just ORDER IT ALREADY! I am so happy I did.
1. It is plant based. Cool, cause obvi I am a plant nerd.
2. They say you get a "glow" about you when eating Sakara. And I did.... I mean I felt like a million bucks eating clean and natural food. And the hubby said I looked pretty good too ;)
3. The food is just lovely! Beautiful! The blend of fruits and veggies is stunning and the packaging is spectacular! Honestly, who is their graphic designer?
4. It is yummy.
5. I am also a history nerd....and the packaging has unique facts about each plant. It explains what it does for your body and how humans have used the featured botanical in history. So interesting!
"How does your garden grow?" - Mother Goose
My mother's garden in Wyoming is flourishing! We have a family ranch in the Black Hills of Wyoming and it is always such a joy to visit in the summer months. This year, we visited my mother in June as her botanicals were in full bloom.
In order from top left to bottom right:
Peony (Paeonia), Catmint (Nepeta), Apple (Malus), Rose (Rosa), and Raspberry (Rubus)
Last week I had a bit of an obsession with these incredible peaches I bought.
Seriously, what is better than the smell of ripe, fresh peaches in summer?
Not only did I make a strawberry-peach-basil pie with a crumble topping for the 4th of July party we attended, but I also crafted some peach turnovers with the leftover dough. Though they are not gluten free, family members thought they were delicious! Also, on a final note, I always make my own dough- it is incredibly simple and I encourage everyone to try making their own- somehow it is more meaningful and it's just too fun not to!