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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 16, 2020

As a flower farmer who may be thinking of expanding into weddings, you couldn't find a more generous and knowledgable teacher than Tobey Nelson of Tobey Nelson Events and Weddings.  She is a pioneer and expert in sustainable floristry and events, and we both had the great opportunity to attend a workshop on these topics, given by Tobey in Calgary in 2019.   Her dynamic generous instruction and the meaty, in-depth course content she provided was such an eye-opener and so valuable to us.   She genuinely wants us all to succeed.

We were delighted, but not surprised that she agreed to talk to us and share her hard-won knowledge about wedding pricing on this episode.  She is just that generous!   You won't want to miss it if you are interested in doing weddings as it is full of tips and Tobey's compelling thinking about value and so much more. 

In the episode Tobey mentions that she can send you her pdf on basic pricing if you email her at

Follow her amazing wedding and event work on her instagram account: Tobey's Instagram  and her broad ranging and tireless efforts promoting sustainable floristry on her sustainable floral design  webpage and  sustainablefloraldesign instagram page too. 


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