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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.

Feb 28, 2021

We are more than delighted that Dr. Hammett once again joined us to chat, this time to answer our questions about cordon training and to talk more about his interspecific breeding explorations with a range of Lathyrus species!


Feb 21, 2021

All our burning questions about seed supply are answered this week, by the lovely Hillary Alger, Product Manager of Herbs and Flowers at Johnny's Selected Seeds. In addition, Hillary straightens out several of the misconceptions Clara had about back-orders and timing of seed ordering.  We can hardly wait to have Hillary...

Jan 24, 2021

Back in the fall we published the first part of our conversation with Dr. Hammett about dahlia breeding and genetics.  This week, part 2 of our wide-ranging conversation!

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...

Dec 13, 2020

This week we are chatting with Dr. Ken Fry of Old's College in Alberta about his work developing a biological control for Lily Beetle, an introduced pest that is devastating to lily growers in Canada.

Check out information on the lily beetle at Olds College Lily Beetle Page

You can follow Dr. Fry on his twitter feed...

Oct 31, 2020

Last season we had a fabulous chat with Dr. Lien Luong, Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta, about her fascinating research into the ecology and possible controls of slugs!  She is our hero! 

Dr. Luong agreed to talk with us again to report on her first round of results for...