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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.

Jun 6, 2019

We had such a great conversation with Lorna Jackson of Ninebark Farms on Vancouver Island B.C.!  Our rich discussion covered so much, including how she got into flower farming, her five year plan, and how she keeps things sustainable. 

You can find Lorna at https://www.ninebarkfarm.com/ and on instagram at 


May 29, 2019

This week we discuss the issues and some of the research around plastics in horticulture, from our seed starting and potting up practices, our field production - so plastic field "mulches" and landscape or nursery fabrics/cloth, and our retail end with regards to sleeves etc. 

Selected articles referenced in the...


Apr 24, 2019

This week we talk about floral and other horticultural foams.  The most commonly available foams to the floriculture, floristry and horticulture industries are phenolic or polyurethane plastic foams.  Because of their lack of degradability and other issues related to the hazardous chemicals used in their production,...


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...


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...