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!