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The 2018 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner With Kelly

Every year, American Grown Flowers hosts a multitude of Field to Vase dinners across the United States. These events are held at beautiful farms that place seasonal, local, and sustainable American-grown flowers at the center of each table and serve locally grown food, beer and wine prepared by a farm-to-table chef. The focus of the dinner tour is on the flowers, the farms, and the guests, which makes for quite a magical experience!

What Is Ikebana? The Mechanics of Ancient Japanese Floral Design

Even if you haven’t heard of ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of floristry, you’ve probably seen its influence. Purposeful, feeling floral design and fine art floral design—to my particular joy—have become popularized and publicly celebrated in recent years. Those striking and sparse table designs aren’t necessarily a modern trend born of minimalism or abstract art; many are actually informed by the Japanese floral practice of ikebana.

Reasons Why CSAs Are Beneficial for Your Flower Farm

If you have kept up with the local food movement over the past two decades, the term CSA has probably been something you have come in contact with. CSA is an acronym for Community Supported Agriculture, the concept of which can be interpreted in a number of ways. At its core, a CSA is a model in which the customer financially invests in a farm at the beginning of a growing season, when sales are at their lowest, and in return receives a share of the farm’s harvest once crops are coming out of the fields. Vegetable farms often use CSAs as a business model that helps pay for the upfront costs of getting crops into the ground – seeds, compost, time and labor spent of growing and maintaining crops, water and energy costs, etc.

How to Make a Wreath (It’s Easier Than You Think)

Team Flower member Deanna Kitchen shares a comprehensive step-by-step guide on making a wreath. Whether you’ve been in floral design or farming for years or are just getting started, wreath-making truly is the quintessential holiday craft to add to your repertoire: the materials are simple and readily available locally, the steps are straightforward, and it’s the perfect project to complete with a group of friends. The accessibility and ease of this project also helps make it a fun family craft too. And honestly, nothing tops the smell of all of those freshly snipped boughs!

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.

Types of Wedding Bouquets

In reality, the floral design world can be quite overwhelming - both to designers and to potential clients. There are color options and combinations in addition to a vast amount of available flowers, all on top of various styles and design techniques. How does one make decisions with so many options? That’s a loaded question! I believe that the best way is to educate yourself and your client.

How to Use HoneyBook for Floral Designers

As a florist, it is essential that we spend our time wisely to be as productive and efficient as possible. Between prepping flowers, designing, and installing events, the tasks involved in the backend of our business start to pile up and so much falls between the cracks. Especially with couples of today, everything is fast paced. It can be a challenge to keep up and respond to things, and the odds of losing a sale are very high.

Fresh Inspiration from Our August Floral Design Workshop

In August, ten sweet women from various locations, backgrounds, and careers became flower friends at the Team Flower Wedding Florals Workshop. Maybe it was the refreshing North Carolina mountainous atmosphere, or perhaps it was the power of flowers in bringing people together, or maybe it was their welcoming and open hearts. Honestly, it was probably all of the above - the perfect storm - and we watched in awe as these women not only received but also poured out. They came to one another’s aid when needed, offering advice with humility. They celebrated with each other when one overcame an obstacle, and they cheered one another on as they created one arrangement after another.

Conceptualizing Design for Event Florals

Our industry has a bit of a problem with originality, and it’s not entirely our fault. Conceptual design in weddings and florals can be a hard sell when working with clients and colleagues with less design experience. There is inspiration all around us waiting to be harnessed for our next project, but when the time comes to build that mood board, often the first stop is Pinterest to search.