Episode 241: Sonoma Flower Mart Brings Slow Flowers to California’s Wine Country

We recently had the pleasure of sharing company with Debra Prinzing, the gracious and warm host of the Slow Flowers Podcast and she interviewed us!! Debra came to Sonoma County to meet & interview our fellow flower friends of The North Bay Flower Collective and we are thrilled to be first up in a podcast series about the flower happenings in our area. Listen to the 1st episode here. A big shout out of thanks to Daniele of Chica Bloom Farm and The North Bay Flower Collective for organizing this and Thank you, Debra!

Debra, Kathy & Nichole

Debra, Kathy & Nichole

Field to Vase Dinner, Arcata 2016 Photo thanks to FTV

Field to Vase Dinner, Arcata 2016 Photo thanks to FTV

 

In March, Nichole and I traveled up to attend the first of the 2016 American Grown “Field to Vase” dinner tours at Sun Valley Group in Arcata, Ca. We had to! it was so close to home (well, not exactly) and I have looked forward to attending one of the dinners since I first heard about them last summer. They are held throughout the US and highlight the beauty and availability of American grown flowers.

 

Upon arriving we were greeting with the elaborate and beautiful floral displays produced by Faye Krause of Flora Organica Designs and her team. Part of these arrangements featured tulips on the tables and tulips hanging  upside down over the tables.  With our tables set in the middle of a large greenhouse of growing tulips, we were immersed in their beauty.

 

Over dinner it was a pleasure to meet other florists, artists and floral enthusiasts. Good contacts were made for sharing of talents in the future. During the evening guest speakers included Kasey Cronquist the leading voice for the California Cut Flower Commission. Lane DeVries of Sun Valley Group sharing his passion of growing flowers.  Amy Stewart, author of Flower Confidential who inspired Debra Prinzing to take Amy's research further and Debra then produced The 50 mile bouquet and Slow Flowers. Debra is a speaker at most of the Field to Vase dinners and she promotes local flowers, local farmers and local floral designers through Slow Flowers.com, her slow flowers podcasts and her tireless dedication to educating people about the importance of preserving our American flower farms.

-Kathy