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American Flowers Week is June 28 - July 4. To Celebrate: A Slow Flowers Summit in Seattle, WA

6.22.17   American Flowers Week is June 28 - July 4! To celebrate the upcoming Slow Flowers Summit on July 2 in Seattle, WA - we resist our conversation with Flower Farmer leading lady Erin Benzakein of Floret Flower Farm in Skagit Valley, WA

June 28th to July 4th is American Flowers Week – celebrating American Grown Flowers in 50 states.

In celebration, Debra Prinzing, the founder of Slow Flowers, LLC, and the Slow Flowers movement, has organized a Slow Flowers Summit in Seattle, WA on Sunday July 2.

There will be speakers and activities – shared food, shared flowers and shared philosophy. It’s been called a "Ted Talk" day for flower lovers. For more information on the summit, please visit for links.  In honor of the upcoming celebrations and the many benefits – emotional, economic and environmental of locally grown flowers, this week on Cultivating Place we revisit an interview from earlier this year with a leader in the flower farmer renaissance underway: Erin Benzakein of Floret Flower Farms. Enjoy!

If you love cut flowers – singly, in large decadent bunches, or in elegant arrangements – then you’ll love Cultivating Place this week when we’re joined by Erin Benzakein, the face and force behind the beautiful Floret Flower Farms. Besides running a flower farm, a seed and bulb company and hosting flower farming workshops, Erin’s new book The Cut Flower Garden is a joy.

A few months back, Cultivating Place was joined by Debra Prinzing, the founder of the aptly named “slow flowers” and American Grown Flower movement in the floral industry. This week we’re joined by Erin Benzakien – the name and face behind the beautiful and impassioned Floret Flower Farms, based in the Skagit Valley of Washington State. Floret is at the heart of encouraging and educating would be flower farmers on the whens why and hows of getting started and making a go of this new-again small farm based industry which is rooting itself across the country and even around the globe. She joins us today via skype from the farm

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