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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.

Jun 22, 2019

This week Clara chats with Jay Lowe of  Jaqueline Gardens Ltd.  in Niton Junction in NW Alberta.  Jay's family started growing cut flowers in a greenhouse way out in Zone 2 in Niton Junction 30 years ago!  He shares with us the history of their pioneering Alberta greenhouse cut flower business.    

He no longer grows cut flowers, rather he focuses on bedding plants and is looking forward to retirement, but generously shares many details of how they made a successful business out of growing cut flowers in this rural part of Alberta, as well as what caused them to stop growing greenhouse cuts. 


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