Debra Prinzing

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Episode 616: Meet the Creatives who designed our American Flowers Week 2023 Botanical Couture Collection

June 28th, 2023

In 2015, Slow Flowers introduced American Flowers Week, inviting flower lovers, gardeners, growers, and designers across the country to share their red-white-and-bluish blooms during June 28- July 4th.

The promotion celebrates domestic flower farming and engages people everywhere with local botanicals.

We use the hashtag #americanflowersweek to encourage flower fans to follow and enjoy the campaign’s beauty and floral diversity.

Since 2016 when American Flowers Week debuted its annual botanical couture collection with Susan McLeary’s red-white-and-blue floral Afro, we have  commissioned more than 50 wearable looks, created by our member designers and flower farmers.

So today, we’re unveiling our 2023 Botanical Couture Collection — it’s a Haute Couture Harvest!

You’ll find social media assets featuring the Flower Farmers coast-to-coast artwork by April Lemly, as well as badges of each individual botanical couture look, and fun resources that you can download and print to share, like our 50 States of Slow Flowers coloring sheets that feature each official state flower and a map of the U.S. I’ll be posting individual stories of our designers, flower farmers and creative teams during each day of American Flowers Week — and you can read those at the website or on @slowflowerssociety on social media.

American Flowers Week 2023 illustration by April Lemly
American Flowers Week 2023 illustration by April Lemly

Thank you to our Sponsors

This show is brought to you by, the free, online directory to more than 850 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.

Farmgirl Flowers 2022

Thank you to our lead sponsor, Farmgirl Flowers. Farmgirl Flowers delivers iconic burlap-wrapped bouquets and lush, abundant arrangements to customers across the U.S., supporting U.S. flower farms by purchasing more than $10 million dollars of U.S.-grown fresh and seasonal flowers and foliage annually. Discover more at

Thank you to Mayesh Wholesale Florist. Family-owned since 1978, Mayesh is the premier wedding and event supplier in the U.S. and we’re thrilled to partner with Mayesh to promote local and domestic flowers, which they source from farms large and small around the U.S. Learn more at

Thank you to The Gardener’s Workshop, which offers a full curriculum of online education for flower farmers and farmer-florists. Online education is more important this year than ever, and you’ll want to check out the course offerings at

Thank you to Details Flowers Software, a platform specifically designed to help florists and designers do more and earn more. With an elegant and easy-to-use system–Details is here to improve profitability, productivity, and organization for floral businesses of all shapes and sizes. Grow your bottom line through professional proposals and confident pricing with Details’ all-in-one platform. All friends of the Slow Flowers Podcast will receive a 7-day free trial of Details Flowers Software. Learn more at

This Week’s News

Slow Flowers Summit 2023

A program note: I recorded this episode just prior to the kickoff of the Slow Flowers Summit, our 6th conference and an event I love to describe as a TED Talk for Flower Lovers. If you’ve followed along  on social media at @slowflowerssociety and @slowflowerssummit on IG, you will have see all sorts of fun posted by Niesha Blancas, our social media manger, over the past three days — from dinner on the farm to floral design demonstrations and the immersive floral takeover of our venue, the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

It was an enriching and essential moment for the Slow Flowers Movement, for 150 of our members, supporters, partners, and friends, to come together to celebrate domestic flowers, floral agriculture, sustainable design, and the important connective tissue — a sense that we are a community and we are all working together to elevate local and seasonal flowers as a viable and vital facet of the floral marketplace. I’m sure I’ll be on an endorphin high that will continue for many months to come – hopefully until I see everyone again in 2024. I’ll have many more details, interviews, videos, and photography to share. Keep an eye out on social media or sign up for our newsletter to receive a sneak peek of the first content, which will be sent out on July 1st.

Slow Flowers Podcast Logo with flowers, recorder and mic

I love all this floral goodness and I am so happy you joined me today! The Slow Flowers Podcast is a member-supported endeavor, downloaded more than one million 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. If you’re new to our weekly Show and our long-running Podcast, check out all of our resources at

Debra in the Slow Flowers Cutting Garden
Thank you for listening! Sending love, from my cutting garden to you! (c) Missy Palacol Photography

I’m Debra Prinzing, host and producer of the Slow Flowers Show & Podcast. The Slow Flowers Podcast is engineered and edited by Andrew Brenlan. 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.  Next week, you’re invited to join me in putting more Slow Flowers on the table, one stem, one vase at a time. Thanks so much for joining us today and I’ll see you next week!

Music credits:

by Blue Dot Sessions

by Tryad

In The Field; Clap Along; Falling Sky

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