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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 6, 2020

We are delighted that Dr. Keith Hammett, dahlia and sweet pea breeder extraordinaire, joins us again to answer our questions about dahlia genetics and the history of breeding these fabulous blooms.  It is always a fascinating, and wide ranging discussion when we chat with Dr. Hammett, so we have divided our conversation...


May 9, 2020

We can't believe our lucky stars! Raymond Evison, the pre-eminent clematis breeder and grower in the world, more than graciously agreed to chat with us about his passion, the wonderful clematis genus.  We cover SO much in this interview from his amazing horticultural background in England, his plant explorations in...


Feb 7, 2020

Bearded irises (Iris germanica) are some of Clara's favorite blooms.  But are they really a decent cut flower? According to Dole et. al. 2017 , likely not for large scale production, but for the smaller grower looking for some blooms that add total WOW factor in the early summer, especially for weddings, these do belong...


Jan 17, 2020

Martagon lilies are a true northern gem which we hope will become a huge cut flower trend.   In this episode we have a wonderful conversation about these flowers with the "Martagon King",  Dr. Ieuan Evans, one of our most prolific plant breeders on the prairies, about these lovely flowers.  

Dr. Evans is the originator...


Nov 8, 2019

Earlier this year we had the great fortune to chat with internationally renowned plant breeder Dr. Keith Hammett (http://www.drkeithhammett.co.nz) and his research associate Dharini Marinkovich.  Our conversation ran wide and deep into the areas of sweet peas and dahlias.  As a result, we divided the conversation into 2...