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LeeAnn is talking about seeds versus tubers and she’s sharing in detail how the process of hybridization works. You’ll hear about the various types and forms of dahlias as well as a short list of the dahlias you must grow. And, of course, what is a Team Flower Podcast without a bit of inspiration along with education? This week, it comes in the form of how florist can support their local farmers, what it looks like to pause in your business’s growth to bloom yourself, and how to give and receive grace within a partnership. Listeners, this episode is loaded!
You’ll be inspired by Jen’s gift with words as she shares her experience on her parents’ farm growing up and how that propelled her into various stages of life eventually leading to flowers. Jen is sharing the keys to giving oneself permission to carry out actions from a passionate heart. You’ll hear about the symbiotic relationship between creativity and wellness and how to lean into that for your own life. Jen is calling florists to action in taking care of themselves and she’s providing tips on how to do that well with community, support, education, healing, movement, and nourishment.
Nicole Rossi of Texture Florals (find her on Instagram at @textureflorals) joins Kelly on today’s episode of the Team Flower Podcast! Nicole is an architect turned floral designer, and she founded Texture Florals which provides floral design and styling services for weddings, events, and photo and video production. She views floral design as an art form, and her work is largely influenced by a desire to create the unexpected.
Tobey and her team at Tobey Nelson Events are wedding specialists! They focus on sustainable floristry, as they primarily source locally grown flowers and never use floral foam. Recently she’s been featured as a “Slow Flowers Hero” in Slow Flowers Review by Debra Prinzing, and Tobey’s botanical couture creation from this February’s Fleurs De Villes was featured in July edition of Florist Review Magazine. @tobeynelsonevents
In this episode, Lewis is chatting about a few of his most memorable flower flashes and how the flashes have evolved throughout the years. As you listen, you’ll be encouraged to love on your own community through your work with flowers!
Atlanta based Shean Strong joins us in this episode of the Team Flower Podcast. We are talking about the importance of embracing the power that flowers hold in changing the ambiance of an entire room. Shean is sharing about his culturally rich background and how that now plays out in his floral designs as well as how he maintains an open view of floral design. We are also walking through a few simple fixes designers can make to increase the visual appeal of their arrangements. You'll learn the in's and out's of connecting with other business in your community and using those connections to successfully conduct a flower pop-up. Shean is giving us the scoop behind his Valentine's Day pop-up at a popular venue in downtown Atlanta - from how he wrapped the hand-tied bouquets to which flowers he used.
Shawn Chamberlain is the founder and director of The Full Bloom, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the mental and emotional health of individuals dealing with death, terminal illness, and other life-changing illnesses and conditions. Shawn blends her two passions seamlessly in her work with the nonprofit—flowers and people.
Team Flower Member Marla Bixler joins Kelly on this episode of the podcast! With years of experience in the industry, Marla has much knowledge to share. She’s starting by chatting about rebranding and how to know whether this avenue is right or needed in your business. Next, she and Kelly are discussing an essential skill for floral designers: problem-solving. One must be adaptable and able to incorporate a plan b (or even plan c) at a moment’s notice. Lastly, you’ll hear about Marla’s unique and lovely pivot in the midst of COVID. There’s no doubt you’ll be inspired! Marla Bixler of Bixler Blooms is a full service bridal florist specializing in garden-inspired designs and wearable floral jewelry. During the recent nationwide shutdown, Marla began a handmade paper flower division. Working with the medium of crepe paper has given her another opportunity to love the world with flowers. I am now incorporating them into my weddings as well as selling them locally and on Etsy. View her work at www.bixlerblooms.com and on Instagram at @bixlerblooms and @bixlerpaperblooms.
Alyssa and her team specialize in floral design for weddings and events, and this year they were excited to open a brick and mortar storefront and added flower deliveries to their services! They have also added an online floral class subscription to their offerings! Follow them on Instagram at @colortheorydesignco or visit their website.
You’ll also hear about the following topics: Growing tweedia—fun facts and how to harvest Seed starting: indoors or outdoors (and why) How to combat disease on your plants One thing farmers wish designers knew Petal Pink Flower Farm is a family owned farm growing cut flowers in Oregon's Willamette Valley. We sell our flowers to local florists and flower lovers, with the goal of bringing them varieties and colors that are otherwise hard to find. You can find us on Instagram @PetalPinkFlowers and online at PetalPinkFlowers.com.
Bex, the founder of Botanical Tales, is a nature-loving creative who predominately works with dried flowers in her practice. Having recently quit her corporate job to dive nose-first into her creative business, she has been writing about and working with dried flowers for a number of years. Having spent many years working an office job, she knows firsthand the importance of staying close to nature, and Botanical Tales was born out of a desire to find an antidote to the fast paced, corporate world she was once so entrenched in. Bex runs creative workshops where she teaches people how to dry flowers make beautiful wreaths and dried flower displays, she sells her own dried flower art, as well as writes for her blog and for a number of independent magazines, always accompanied by beautiful photography. You can see her lovely creations at her website and on her Instagram @botanical_tales.
Joining Kelly today is Lacy Trunnell. Lacy leads a small student run floral shop out of Red Bluff High School in Red Bluff, California. She offers both introductory and advanced floral design courses where students learn everything from the principles and elements of color theory to tools of the trade—and so many things in between. The advanced floral class even designs, markets, and prepares for local and school events throughout the school year! Lacy is chatting about her special and unique teaching program and her amazing students! She’s training the next generation of floral designers and it is so exciting to hear about the work they’re doing. Hear from Lacy on what skills are necessary for beginning designers as well as the importance of duplication. You’ll learn how they’re navigating COVID as a school, and how you can participate! If you’re interested in joining Lacy in her endeavor to pour into the next generation, click the red chat button to inquire.
Sarah is sharing her top 4 tools for installs, a few ideas they’re tossing around, and why dahlias should be used for installs. At Triple Wren Farms, Sarah and her team grow dahlia tubers, fresh cut flowers, and offer workshops at the farm in Ferndale, Washington. They ship their dahlia tubers to all 50 states, and share tips for growing dahlias on their website and social media (@triplewrenfarms). We’re celebrating with them as they conducted a 3-day Dahlia Camp workshop at the farm for growers and designers, and their third annual Dahlia Festival this past September!
Today, Kelly is joined by Emily and Angie from Bloom Babes! These gals are so much fun, and we have no doubt you’ll enjoy learning from them. They’re talking with us about working in a partnership and describing the compromise that comes along with finding their style as one business made of two different preferences. You’ll hear about their booking process—including pricing within the current landscape, but specifically for installations. And they’re big fans of using silk flowers for installations—you’ll hear about that, too! Tune in to find out why and where to source these lasting blooms! Emily and Angie are two best friends who share a love for beautiful blooms and designs. They specialize in floral design for weddings, corporate events, and special occasions. They are are ever-inspired by the sea and strive to always push the boundaries of traditional floral design to create unique designs. Follow them on Instagram at @bloombabes.
Paulina is a former high school language teacher—and even though lesson planning fed her creative soul and being around people satisfied her extrovert personality—she wanted to take on a new adventure. After much thought, she realized that flowers (something she's loved since she was a child) would be that outlet. She offers clients in the Tri-State area floral decor for events, group and private floral design workshops, florals for editorials, floral styling, and florals for photoshoots. Paulina is so excited to be working on a special project involving the studio and delving deeper into the floral education world—because once a teacher, always a teacher! Connect with Paulina on Instagram at @bluejasminefloral.