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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 30, 2019

We are so excited today to share our interview with Roger Parsons, yes THE Roger Parsons of Roger Parsons Sweet Peas, supplier of the widest selection of exhibition, cut flower and garden sweet peas you will find. 

https://www.rpsweetpeas.com/

He is also the author of the fabulous book, Sweet Peas: An Essential Guide...


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 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

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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...