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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 10, 2020

This week we had the great privilege to chat with Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, "Buglady Suzanne", a horticulture entomologist with 20 years of experience helping horticultural growers of all kinds and sizes with integrated pest management programs, with a focus on biological controls through her company Buglady Consulting.  

Clara had the opportunity to attend a workshop Suzanne gave up here in Canada a couple of years ago- and learned SO much.  Suzanne is incredibly knowledgeable and generously shares many insights for biological controls for floriculture in this interview, including managing thrips, broadmites and mealy bugs in your blooms.  You won't want to miss this one!

Suzanne refers to the great id tool that Sarah Jandricic at OMAFRA has published- here are  the links

Which thrips are in your flower crops Pt.1

"Which thrips are in your flower crops Pt. 2"

Simple key to important thrips pests of Canadian greenhouses


Our theme music was composed and performed by Heather's son Callum and audio editing was completed by the uber talented Laura Eccleston.