Episode 525: Flipping the Script after 18 years as a wedding and event florist with Anne Bradfield of Analog Floral
September 29th, 2021
You may have met today’s guest as the owner and design director of Floressence, an event floral design studio focused mainly on weddings . . . over the years, thousands of weddings!
In 2020, Anne Bradfield followed her dream to become a full-service floral studio, providing deliveries for daily floral needs, subscriptions, as well as wedding and event florals. In the spring of 2021, Anne officially made the leap and rebranded as Analog Floral.
Analog Floral is home to artfully irregular floral design committed to sustainability, environmentally friendly practices, and connecting people through the joy of flowers. Anne is one of the very first florists I met on the sales floor of the brand new Seattle Wholesale Growers Market in 2011 and she has been a huge supporter — and member of the Slow Flowers Movement, committed to sourcing flowers from local flower farms whenever possible.
I visited Anne recently in her Seattle studio, located in a warehouse district next to the train tracks (you might hear train noise in the background!) and I filmed her designing an arrangement using a bucket of blooms I brought from my garden.
I forgot to mention that you can also find a link to my first Podcast interview with Anne Bradfield from Episode 236 — I can’t believe it’s from 2016 — wow! You’ll love learning more about Anne’s path to flowers.
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Bonus: Flower Farming School Online with Lisa Ziegler
Here’s a bonus conversation with Lisa Ziegler of The Gardener’s Workshop, a Slow Flowers Sponsor. I spoke with Lisa recently about her upcoming course: Flower Farming School Online — registration opens on Oct 1st — so you’ll want to stay with me to hear an update from Lisa.
We’re almost to October and I want to give you a head’s up that We’re almost to October — that’s when we kick off our 2021 Slow Flowers Member Appreciation Month!
Every day during October, we’ll be thanking YOU, our members, and highlighting their stories. Yep, 31 days of Slow Flowers and we promise lots of surprises, perks and fun conversations with our community. Keep an eye out for our Slow Flowers Society Newsletter on October 1st and watch our social media channels on Friday, October 1st — where we’ll share the Full Schedule of Daily Events during October — stay tuned!
Thank you to our Sponsors
This show is brought to you by Slowflowers.com, the free, online directory to more than 880 florists, shops, and studios who design with local, seasonal and sustainable flowers and to the farms that grow those blooms. It’s the conscious choice for buying and sending flowers.
Thank you to our lead sponsor for 2021, Farmgirl Flowers. Farmgirl Flowers delivers iconic burlap-wrapped bouquets and lush, abundant arrangements to customers across the U.S., supporting more than 20 U.S. flower farms by purchasing more than $9 million dollars of U.S.-grown fresh and seasonal flowers and foliage annually. Discover more at farmgirlflowers.com.
Thanks also to Red Twig Farms. Based in Johnstown, Ohio, Red Twig is a family-owned farm specializing in peonies, daffodils, tulips and branches, a popular peony-bouquet-by-mail program and their Spread the Hope Campaign where customers purchase 10 tulip stems for essential workers and others in their community. Learn more at redtwigfarms.com.
Thanks to Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, a farmer-owned cooperative committed to providing the very best the Pacific Northwest has to offer in cut flowers, foliage and plants. The Growers Market’s mission is to foster a vibrant marketplace that sustains local flower farms and provides top-quality products and service to the local floral industry. Visit them at seattlewholesalegrowersmarket.com.
Thanks to Longfield Gardens, which provides home gardeners with high quality flower bulbs and perennials. Their online store offers plants for every region and every season, from tulips and daffodils to dahlias, caladiums and amaryllis. Check out the full catalog at Longfield Gardens at longfield-gardens.com.
Thanks so much for joining us today! The Slow Flowers Podcast has been downloaded more than 770,000 times by listeners like you. Thank you for listening, commenting and sharing – it means so much. As our movement gains more supporters and more passionate participants who believe in the importance of our domestic cut flower industry, the momentum is contagious. I know you feel it, too.
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I’m Debra Prinzing, host and producer of the Slow Flowers Show & Podcast. Next week, you’re invited to join me in putting more Slow Flowers on the table, one stem, one vase at a time. The content and opinions expressed here are either mine alone or those of my guests alone, independent of any podcast sponsor or other person, company or organization.
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