This week I got a visit from a very special lady, Debra Prinzing. For those who know her, well, you can imagine how it felt hosting her in my little garden cottage for a couple of days. I was super excited! For those who don’t, well, she is best described as the mover and shaker behind the SLOW Flowers movement, not to mention she’s an outdoor living expert. Two of her books, 50-Mile Bouquet, and Slow Flowers, are the more recent go-to books for gals like me, who want to source local flowers for their business. The books are a source of inspiration for me. I do feel sort of like a ‘vintage’ pioneer when I look through the book 50-Mile with all the sweet young girls doing their thing–and on fire! Growing crazy-beautiful cut flowers and making bouquets that knock your socks off, but I never, ever forget there were many, many florists before me who used beautiful local blooms to create florals for their business too. So it was a true honor for me to be the inspiration in the forward of the 50-Mile book, which was written by Amy Stewart. Really though, beyond honored …
There are so many reasons why I wholeheartedly support this SLOW movement. During Debra’s visit, I wanted to introduce her to our own local SLOW movement too, SLOWCOAST. You see, our vision for SLOW Flowers blends nicely and has parallel beliefs as the SLOWCOAST vision. Honor our local! That’s the best way I can say it. It was a great meeting of great thinkers that morning and we all really enjoyed each others’ company and fed one another’s souls and inspirations.
I always felt it was ridiculous to be importing flowers from all over the world, when we’re perfectly capable of sourcing them here, at least in the U.S., but better yet, how about a local farm that’s growing flowers. Did you know we’ve got less than half of the flower farms we had 50 years ago? It’s sad really. The flower farmers we have left deserve our support, so let’s do it!
SLOW Flowers on the SLOWCOAST! I’m so thrilled to be a part of such awesome organizations, and such an amazing and inspiring group of other flower biz folks. I look forward to continuing the progress of the movements.