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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.

May 23, 2021

Another local company propelling the horticultural industry into new realms!  G2V Optics, an Edmonton, Canada based company  "Engineers the Sun" by developing and building the most advanced commercial lighting on the market.    AND Dr. Michael Taschuk, founder and Chief Technical Officer of G2V, agreed to help us...

Apr 18, 2021

Crown gall is one of those plant diseases you hope to never see in your garden, but it turns out it is not uncommon.  This week we were so fortunate to chat with Melodie Putnam, Director of the Oregon State University Plant Clinic about crown gall, and what we can do about it if we find it.    

Melodie has published  a...

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...