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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.

Oct 26, 2019

Earlier this year we had the great fortune to chat with internationally renowned plant breeder Dr. Keith Hammett ( 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 episodes, this week's episode focuses on sweetpeas.

Dr. Hammett describes the painstaking care involved in developing his now famous Erewhon, the story behind the name, along with so many fascinating insights and stories about sweet peas and plant breeding. 


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