Green Industry Leaders Network

Slow Flowers

Episode Summary

On this episode, author and speaker, Debra Prinzing discusses the Slow Flower Movement and the importance of buying locally-grown flowers with American Horticulture Society director, David Ellis.

Episode Notes

Whether you are buying flowers for Valentines Day, Easter, Mother's Day or grand wedding displays, locally grown flowers provide the freshest, longest-lasting blooms available. On this #plantchat episode, author and speaker, Debra Prinzing, discusses the Slow Flower Movement and the importance of buying locally-grown flowers, with American Horticultural Society director, David Ellis.

Many flowers found in stores and florist shops travel thousands of miles and do not last long in floral arrangements. Today, local growers are providing better blooms, that are grown in season and Debra's goal is to bring consumers together with the florists who carry them. And for home gardeners who are also growing their own flowers, Debra shares some tips on easy flowers to start with, finding excellent seeds from providers like the Johnny's Seeds catalog, and utilizing the greenery and woody stems in your yard to create personalized displays throughout the seasons.

Be sure to check out Debra's Slow Flowers website for a wealth of floral resources, including local florists dedicated to slow flowers, local events and check out her popular Slow Flowers podcast. She also highlights some spring flower events where she will be speaking including; Northwest Flower & Garden Festival, and thanks to American Horticultural Society (AHS), you can see her speaking and take one of her workshops at the the Philadelphia Flower Show, the largest show of its kind in the US.


David also discusses with Debra, her American Flowers Week campaign, celebrating American grown flowers in all 50 States and projects she has planned for 2019 like the Slow Flower Summit.

There is a ton of great information in this episode and we invite our listeners to join us in the Green Industry Leaders Network Facebook Group, growing on now. Ask questions related to the episodes, and share industry news and stories with others who are interested in gardening, tree care, landscaping and more.

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