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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.

Nov 25, 2021

This week we had the opportunity to talk with Heather's physiotherapist and yoga teacher, Angela Plaquin of Elevation Health and Yoga Cold Lake.  Ang has such a deep, thoughtful approach to physicality and we had a delightful, thought provoking conversation about how to approach our physical sustainability. 

Our theme...


Nov 18, 2021

Heather shares a comprehensive summary of her fall ranunculus procedure and results.

Our theme music was composed and performed by Heather's son Callum, and the challenging job of audio editing done by the uber-talented Laura Eccleston.


Nov 11, 2021

We were delighted to finally catch up with Nick Maycher, a wonderful young peony enthusiast and hybridizer, based right here in Edmonton, Alberta!  In what we hope is the first of many discussions, this week we learn about how Nick was bit by the peony bug, a little bit about hybridizing and hardiness and some of...


Nov 2, 2021

We are delighted to catch up with Dr. Lien Luong, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta, to get an update on her research on slugs and on "the Ecology of Fear" and how diverse farming systems might enhance this natural pest control phenomenon.

In the episode we mention Dr....


Oct 25, 2021

We can hardly believe we are entering our 4th season!  To kick it off we share our list of favorite "new to us" plants, cultivars, and/or varieties that we trialed this year.

Our theme music was composed and performed by Heather's son Callum, and the challenging job of audio editing done by the uber-talented Laura...