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 Creating Wearable Flowers with Sue McLeary | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:44:32

We’re discussing art theory, The Golden Ratio, and the principles of design in wearables. You’ll also hear about the following: How to offer various “wearables” instead of the typical boutonniere or corsage to clients Caring for, handling, and preserving materials for wearable designs Surprising flowers you can use out of water

 There Are Plenty of Flowers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:49:15

This week’s Flower Discoveries are for the parents out there. Meagan came across a flower scavenger hunt for kids to use when you’re out for a walk in your neighborhood or the park (you can see it here!). The rest of the team is chiming in with other tips and a bit of solidarity. You’re not alone in the parenthood journey!

 COVID, Mother's Day, and Leadership with Kate Penn of SAF | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:52:04

In this episode, you’ll hear: How the floral industry has been affected by COVID from a bird’s eye view Whether the virus is transmitted on flowers or floral packaging What to anticipate for Mother’s Day How Congressional Action Days work and which topics are being fought for What main skill should florists develop to flourish Petal-It-Forward

 Flowers for a Weary World with Lambert Floral Studio | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:38:50

In this episode we are chatting about Sammy’s philosophy of providing flowers for a weary world and what that looks like for Lambert Floral Studio. He is sharing the story behind the name of his design studio and why it is dear to his heart. We’re also discussing why partnership is so powerful as Sammy goes into detail about the roles of the members of his team, and we’re even sharing a few ideas and tips on how to cultivate creativity. 

 Why Flowers Matter with Amy Balsters | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:48:41

Amy is an acclaimed floral designer and educator with vast industry experience spanning two decades in retail floristry and special events. Currently, Amy teaches and trains floral designers across the country through private and group workshops as well as speaking at conferences worldwide. Featured on Design Sponge as one of the “20 Florists to Follow on Instagram,” Amy’s work has been featured and published in major international and national wedding blogs, including Martha Stewart Weddings, Once Wed, and more.

 Pressing Pause on Your Business | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:22

Kelly has experienced this process rather recently, and she’s here to share her story and the things she’s learned through it. If you feel like you need to press pause on the business you’ve invested in, there are a few things to consider: Do you have what you need for today? What do your current overall cash flow and resources look like? What would make your business minimally viable?

 On Cancellations and the Current Client Need | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:21:31

Today on the Team Flower Podcast, Kelly is talking through 3 critical things: Your event client’s current needs and how you can meet those needs Cancellation, rebooking, and refunding policies and communications Flower reallocation and repurposing ideas

 Developing Crucial Skills for Event Design & Floral Retail | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:38:39

Our special guest on this episode is Jennifer Haf of BLOOM Floral Design (@bloomfloraldesign). BLOOM Floral Design is located in Northern Michigan and offers wedding and special event floral services in addition to curated gifts and fresh cut flowers in their retail flower shops. Wedding clients are the bulk of the business, as they cater to a lovely tourist crowd that overwinters up here during resort season.

 Eco-Friendly Floral Design with Pilar Zuniga | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:57:29

The special guest on this podcast episode is Pilar Zuniga of Gorgeous and Green! Pilar Zuniga is the owner and lead designer of Gorgeous and Green, a floral design business (and retail boutique for many years). She started G&G back in 2008, after leaving a directing job at a local nonprofit, when she was seeking an outlet for her creativity. The idea for the business took root when planning for her own wedding; she realized at the time that there were not a lot of eco-friendly options for planning weddings, especially when it came to flowers. The main tenet of her business has always been to be eco-friendly and sustainable in as many ways as possible, while staying true to beautiful design. The business has always been a green-certified business, and she goes above and beyond the green certifications to keep the health of the environment and community in mind.

 Tips for Photographing Flowers with Christin Geall | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:02

Christin Geall joins us on this episode! She is a Canadian floral designer, writer, gardener, photographer, and author of the book Cultivated: Elements of Floral Style (Princeton Architectural Press, 2020). Her writing and floral work focuses on the intersections of nature, culture, and horticulture. We’re diving into the book with her today—from how she was inspired to what’s inside, and more! She’s also sharing some helpful professional tips on lighting and tools for photographing flowers. You’ll hear about the impact of the floral community on Christin’s life and what she believes makes the floral industry so special. Be sure to find Christin online @cultivatedbychristin.

 How to Lead a Team | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:38:51

The special guest on this episode has been a long time coming—it’s Jesse Perry, Kelly’s husband and co-founder of Team Flower! Jesse is sharing his perspective of the first wedding Kelly designed and delivered and the lessons they’ve learned together through the last five years. You’ll hear the whole story behind Philosophy Flowers and Team Flower from Jesse’s view! He’s also giving some super helpful tips for leading a team, creating a cohesive working environment, and retaining your employees/freelancers for the long haul.

 How to Create Consistency in Your Brand Voice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:36

What does security have to do with your floral business? Jesse is back with another incredibly helpful business tip! Our guest today is a very special one. It’s Amanda Johnson, our Team Flower copywriter and editor! You’ll also hear from Team Flower Member Carol-Anne Barnes. Carol-Anne has done her fair share of pop-ups, and she’s here to share a few tips on how to determine whether a pop-up is right for your business.

 Tips for Your Home Studio and How to Stay Inspired | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:42:42

We’ve talked about sustainability in the floral industry before, but how could that expand to the greater wedding industry? Meagan has experienced this firsthand with Southern Provisions Company and their unique linen line, and she’s telling us all about it in our flower discoveries. Janine is revealing what a mandap is, how and when it’s used, and where it originates. Have you ever decorated a mandap before? Click the red chat button and send us a photo! And do you know what the name of this rose is? Amanda saw it at the Columbus Park of Roses, didn’t catch its name, and has been in love with it since! If you know it, shoot her a message using the red chat button so she can grow it in her garden.

 Website Refresh: Branding Your Blooms and Blogging | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:31:31

The Team Flower Podcast is a place where you can feel like family while still learning fun new things each week! Jesse, husband to Kelly and co-founder of Team Flower, is here to share what he’s learned about setting and achieving goals in business and how to keep in mind where you are, where you’ve been, and where you’d like to be. Becky Devlin, Team Flower member and owner of Foxglove and Fig, is also here to chat about how to get started on a blog for your website as well as what to write about. Not only is she sharing why you should have a blog, but she’s giving some tips on what to include and how to stay organized!

 Practicing Adaptability and Peace in Your Work with Flowers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:18

Our very own Meagan Cooley is the special guest on this episode! Meagan is not only the Marketing and Conference Coordinator for Team Flower, she also has her own floral design business on the side. She’s sharing about the shift she made from small town Kentucky to NYC. You’ll hear which soft skills necessary to being a florist—things like adaptability, quick decision-making, and the ability to separate your design from your work. Meagan is giving a few practical ways to practice adaptability as well as tips for packing flowers and transporting them in a big city. She’s also talking about how she hopes to see more peace in the floral industry, as well as in her own life, in the future. Tune in to hear Meagan’s suggestion on how we can become more connected with our local floral communities.


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