Over the past few months I have been working with Arizona State University's Art Department
(Herberger Institute For Design and the Arts | School of Art)
on developing coursework in conjunction with my dissertation research on floral design as an art form.
I am excited to announce that the Spring 2019 semester will offer
Wellness in Floral Art for enrolled ASU students (any major!).
ART 394: Wellness in Floral Art
Course # 31262
Monday's 4:35PM - 7:20PM
I am a huge fan of Goop (the blog, podcast, products..etc.). GP just gets me. This week I listened to her latest episode with Dr. Maya Shetreat & IS SCIENCE THE WAY TO DESCRIBE MAGIC?...
The episode talks about earth based health tools and all I could think about was horticulture wellness.
AKA how being in nature and working with nature improves your
mental and physical health.
Listen to the episode and learn about plants... then go reconnect with nature.
My husband and I took our first trip to Lake Tahoe this past weekend for a wedding. It was such a lovely trip spending time with old friends, however, one of my favorite experiences was seeing Wolf Lichen grow naturally on our hike!
The Letharia vulpina lichen, or fungus, is chartreuse/lemon in hue and often grows on the tips of conifer tree branches. It thrives with sunlight and mostly grows in western Europe, the Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountains in the United States. Note that is toxic to mammals... do not eat it!
Have images of plant interiorscapes been filling up your IG feed like mine? I am so happy that this plant-trend has been such a success, however, it is interesting that this might coincide with the housing market...
Here are a few articles that are interesting about the millennial generation having a grand time with plant maintenance :)
Articles on Horticulture Wellness:
New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
Image Courtesy of Hortology
Plant: Epipremnum aureum
Here in Arizona, we are home to Fox Restaurant Concepts and are lucky to have a ton of amazing dining options due to their incredible restaurants. However, Flower Child is by far my favorite... not only because of the name (obvi.) but because I have Celiac Disease and it has very yummy GF options.
Also, I was traveling a bit this summer and saw that it has expanded to most of the cities I was fortunate to live in... in my 20s. Flower Child is now in... Boulder, Colorado... Austin, Texas.. and Del Mar, California.
Well done Fox Restaurants, well done.
Anyway, if you have not been- go already. And get their Vietnamese Crunch Salad, or their GF Mac & Cheese, or their Vegan Poke, or The Rebel (on GF pita).....
i. am. hungry. now.
peace from the flower child :)
When I was growing up, my father was all about our backyard beehive. For those of you who knew Chuck, you know he was an adventurer to the MAX and was always finding interesting hobbies. This "very" local beehive was one of them.
So, here is the background. I was privileged to grow up in a home that my parents built in the 80's on Camelback Mountain. My playground was a mountain. Seriously, I look back on my childhood and it was awesome. Then, when I was very little, a swarm of bees decided their perfect home would literally be right behind our pool in a massive, natural rock wall. In my family we are all huge nature lovers and thus, it was only natural not to "disturb" the bees, as this was their "home" too.
So, I grew up with a ton of bees around our pool and really grew to respect them. And as parents do, there were many teachable moments around these bees. For instance, dad had horrible allergies and he began self-harvesting the honeycomb to consume the local honey [see benefits of honey link below]. He would take my dress-up bridal veil and cover his face with the netting [what a picture, haha] and my mother would duct tape his gloves down to keep the bees from crawling into this sleeves. Then he would repel down the rock wall to harvest the honey. Yep, I learned the importance of consuming raw, local honey as well as inventive safety precautions. [I cannot help but laugh thinking about the whole thing.]
Now, I see all of these articles on Saving the Bees and the Benefits of Honey. I need to help spread the word! Because without bees, we would not have honey - or many of our beautiful flowers.
Here are a few links to articles all about bees & honey.
Saving the Bees
Benefits of Bees
Benefits of Honey
Also, here is a video to see the bee waggle dance, super cute.
I feel a Gladiolus trend coming.
Kind of like the Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) has been making a "comeback" for the past 5 years.
Gladiolus Blooms are Modernized. Stylish. & Bold.
Interesting Flower Facts:
1. Gladiolus is the birth flower for August (timely post, as it is August).
2. They are native to sub-Saharan Africa (mostly South Africa, which was one of my favorite places to visit, so beautiful).
3. They grow in all colors of the rainbow (just not blue).
4. They grow from corms, not bulbs. (Corms are solid modified stems with a basal plate for the growth of the plant to develop from. For more information about the difference between bulbs & corms: Illinois Extension Bulbs & More.)
5. Their linear shape derived their Latin name, gladius meaning sword.
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!