Debra Prinzing

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Episode 594: Flowers for All with educator and author Susan McLeary

Wednesday, January 25th, 2023

Today, we have a real treat — a visit with floral artist and longtime Slow Flowers member, Susan McLeary. Susan’s new book, Flowers for All, will be released on February 7th and she joined me earlier this week to record a conversation about the book and what inspired Sue to produce it. We discuss her passion for continual experimentation with mechanics, ingredients, as she pushes the boundaries of ordinary botanicals.

Susan McLeary
Susan McLeary (c) EE Berger


Forsythia Bloom Room from Flowers for All
Forsythia “Bloom Room,” from Sue McLeary’s new book, Flowers for All (c) EE Berger photograph
Simply Strung from Flowers for all by Sue McLeary
From “Simply Strung,” a project in Flowers for All by Sue McLeary (c) EE Berger photograph
from "Trumpet Beads" a project by Sue McLeary in Flowers for All
From “Trumpet Beads” a project by Sue McLeary in Flowers for All (c) EE Berger photography

From the belief that flowers should be enjoyed by everyone, renowned floral artist, Susan McLeary reveals the secrets to making striking, joyful floral displays using common ingredients – whether you get flowers at the grocery store, farmer’s market, or your own picking garden.

Edibles in Flowers for All Book
More projects from Flowers for All by Sue McLeary. (Left) Summer Still Life with edible materials; (Right) Floral Meditation with edible flowers and more (c) EE Berger

Here’s how to enter the drawings: As a thank you for pre-ordering Flowers For All by February 6th, Sue is offering an exclusive and completely free workshop just for you, plus you’ll be entered to win a handmade gift!Go to and follow the steps.

More resources and courses with Sue McLeary:
Facebook “Flower Forward” Private Facebook Group

Mayesh Design Star 2023 – Q&A with Sue McLeary

Sue’s first Tutorial for Mayesh 2023 — Sustainable Mechanics and Flower Pillar

Sue McLeary Virtual Studio: Membership Group (join the Wait List)

Library of Individual Design Tutorials

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Slow Flowers Podcast Logo with flowers, recorder and mic

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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.

Music credits:

Peacetime; Gaena
by Blue Dot Sessions

by Tryad

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