All tagged Community

Celebrating with a Few Favorites

Today, it’s just me here to encourage you in this season. Where ever you are, whether you’re covered up with brides and blooms or taking a season off, I want you to know that you’re valued, and that you are making a difference in your community. I have found that learning to breathe through any situation helps me focus and relax. So today, I encourage you to take a moment, close your eyes, and take a few deep, concentrated breaths. In….Out...In...Out. Now, go out there and deliver those beautiful bouquets and harvest those lovely blooms with dignity and grace -- and remember, we’re here for you, cheering you on!

The Importance of Community with Susan Davis

Susan Davis of Fresh Designs Florist joins Kelly on this episode of the Team Flower Podcast. We’re chatting about Susan’s selfless philosophy and how that impacts her designs and her business. She believes that giving is far more rewarding than receiving and that perfection is overrated.

The Growing Kindness Project: Using Flowers to Brighten Your Community

The aim of the project is so simple: first, grow some flowers. Next, look around your community. Where is there a need for connection and encouragement? Perhaps the most beautiful part of this project is that each person sees a different need. Now, walk across the street to your neighbors, down the road to a retirement center, over to that mama patiently unloading her grocery cart while juggling three little people, or the fire station or food bank or wherever you see a heart waiting to be encouraged. Now hand them flowers.

Repurposing Flowers with Shawn Chamberlain of The Full Bloom

Shawn is sharing her heart behind repurposing flowers and what inspires her to continue to live out this passion. We are chatting about what it looks like to repurpose flowers, how to network in the industry, and how to find volunteers. Shawn is sharing a few practical tips for florists who would like to practice repurposing flowers, whether that becomes a large-scale donation or a simple one-time donation.

Max Gill Design

On this episode of the Team Flower Podcast, Max Gill of Max Gill Design shares his philosophy behind his designs, finding inspiration in the natural process of nature. We are drawing parallels between people and flowers and how to embrace challenges and allow them to shape us. Max is discussing how his journey is teaching him to trust and how impactful his floral community has been in his life. He's giving a few tips on how to combat jealousy and competition as well as how to embrace your personal style.

Did You Know Wedding Floral Design Can Help Heal a Community?

How can we foster community? How can we hand over flowers that aren’t empty pretty things? How can a wedding belong to more than one couple, and be an agent of unity and restoration in a community? I believe that by the way we think about design and what we communicate in our creations, and by the way we conduct our businesses, actively knitting a family around us as we work, a wedding can serve as a public signpost of hope in a city.

Tips on Stepping Out of Competitiveness

Gossip, bitterness, hatred, self-loathing, pride . . . these are just a few of the unattractive attributes I've witnessed in my short time in the floral industry—and at times, even within myself. So how do we overcome this? How do we have a healthy view of competition? Below are four things to keep in mind and put into practice as you walk this floral journey.

Debra Prinzing of Slow Flowers

In this episode, we are diving into the Slow Flowers Movement - what it is and what it is becoming. Debra is sharing the story behind her passion and the farmers who sparked the Slow Flowers flame in her. We are talking about American Flowers week, how you can be involved, and how you can support your local flower farmers. You'll learn the difference between growing from seed vs. planting from a garden center, and you'll receive tips on how to connect with flower farms & florists.

The Bloom Project

In this episode, Heidi is sharing the “why” behind The Bloom Project and her inspirational journey in founding the organization. The Bloom Project is a volunteer-driven nonprofit that provides fresh floral bouquets to hospice and palliative care patients. You’ll be touched by the real-life stories of the people The Bloom Project has impacted. We are talking about the best flowers and the best vases to use for donation, and Heidi is sharing some secrets of the trade when it comes to being involved in the community.

Organizations that recycle wedding flowers

One aspect of the floral industry that is commonly overlooked is the floral nonprofit sector. These organizations work incredibly hard and receive little recognition for the feats they accomplish, yet they continue to press on because they believe in what they do. They have huge hearts, and both their work and their stories are remarkably inspiring! Take some time to read about and be encouraged by a few of them below.

Giving Back to the Community

Over the past year, I have discovered several ways to merge serving my local community with my love for flowers. Whatever may speak to your heart, you need to know that there are numerous ways in which you, too, can combine what you do and love with what plucks at your heartstrings!