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The Sustainable Flowers Podcast:

A conversation about sustainable cut flower growing and designing between two passionate Canadian  growers trying to figure it out.

Heather and Clara grow cut flowers for market on the northern edge of the Canadian Prairies.  In this podcast they discuss the issues they face and alternatives to conventional approaches that they are putting into practice or are trialing to ensure that their small-scale flower farming operations are sustainable. Looking to the past and to new technologies to learn the whys and hows, they discuss everything from peat to floral foam, Antirrhinum to Zinnias as well as their weekly adventures on their Zones 2 and 3 flower farms.

Apr 16, 2019

This week we discuss one of our favorite spring (and fall) flowers to grow, anemones (Anemone coronaria). In our experience they are relatively easy and disease and pest-free, and they endure (even like!) our cold springs and falls.

In this episode we talk about

·         Pre-sprout processes

·        ...

Apr 9, 2019

The trend for local flowers is following in the footsteps of the local food movement.  In this episode we discuss the nuances and implications of branding ourselves as "local" and share our opinions about the importance of being local and being transparent about what it means when marketing blooms.

In this episode we...

Apr 2, 2019

This week we discuss one of the prettiest flowers to grow, Ranunculus asiaticus.  Early spring is the time to start them, so now that it looks like spring is really coming (knock on wood) we thought we would discuss our successes and failures and Heather's field trials with succession plantings.

They are a bit of work...

Mar 27, 2019

This week we are so fortunate to be able to share an interview Heather recorded with the UBER INSPIRING Steve and Mandy O'Shea of 3 Porch Farm, while she was in Colorado for the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers Spring 2019 Meetings in February. 

In this segment we discuss issues so close to the bone that...

Mar 19, 2019

If you grow dahlias, you need to know about Dahlia Virus(es) and how to control their spread.  This week we chat about 

  1. What Dahlia Virus (es) are
  2. How to recognize if your dahlias are infected
  3. Really useful down-loadable documents available free on the American Dahlia Society web page and the Washington...