Debra Prinzing

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Episode 556: A floral conversation with Andrea K. Grist of Florasource KC and KC Bloom Hub

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

I love it when I can host a Slow Flowers member on a Seattle visit, and now that travel is again opening up, I have a feeling 2022 will be a busy one. 

Andrea K. Grist

Last month, Andrea K. Grist, a long-time Slow Flowers Society member and friend, spent a few days visiting Seattle. She is a past guest of the Slow Flowers Podcast and a wedding and event florist based in the Kansas City metro area. Five years ago, Andrea assumed the management of Florasource KC, a locally-owned independent flower wholesaler based in Overland Park, Kansas. And last year, Andrea opened KC Bloom Hub, a dedicated studio space within Florasource KC, available to florists for one-day rentals for design and production, workshops and other events.

Andrea came to Seattle on a research trip — she hopes to put a greater emphasis on KC-grown flowers through her wholesale outlet — and she wanted to learn from what’s happening here. Of course, we visited the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, now in its 11th year as a successful farmer-own floral wholesale hub. It was early April and I let Andrea loose there to shop for local and domestic botanicals. Back in my dining room, she created a gorgeous, large-scale arrangement with her seasonal selections, which she designed during our  conversation.

Andrea arrangements
Andrea’s selection of local PNW and American-grown botanicals. Watch her design demo in the video above.

Ingredient List for Andrea’s floral arrangement, sourced from the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market
Fritillaria meleagris (Snakehead checkerboard fritillaria) and Leucojum ‘Summer Snowflake’, grown by Choice Bulb Farms
Chocolate Anthriscus foliage and ‘Hybrid Red’ Hellebores, grown by Jello Mold Farm
Butterfly Ranunculus ‘Charis’ and Maidenhair fern, grown by Peterkort Roses
Tulip ‘Double Brownie’, grown by Ojeda Farms
Spiraea and Manzanita, grown by Oregon Flower Growers
California grown selections: Scabiosa ‘Fama White’, Stock, single tulips, fruiting Kumquat branches, and Grevillea

Find and follow Andrea K. Grist:
Andrea K. Grist on Facebook and Instagram
Florasource KC on Facebook and Instagram
KC Bloom Hub on Instagram

News of the Week!

Slow Flowers May 2022 newsletter
Color in and out of the Garden

It’s May already and there’s lots of great Slow Flowers news to share! Please check out our May Newsletter, packed with details about the upcoming American Flowers Week promotions, our new Slow Flowers Journal digital magazine (launching as a quarterly in June), links to all the recent press about Slow Flowers, and other membership resources.

You will also find the signup link to our May 13th Slow Flowers member meet-up, featuring two of the designers presenting at the upcoming Slow Flowers Summit!

And a program note: Congratulations to the winners of our book giveaway from a few weeks ago. Thanks to Abrams and Lorene Edwards Forkner, for 2 copies of Color in and out of the Garden, going to: Cathy Rocca and Karen Faulkner — we’ll be in touch to arrange mailing details!

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Thank you to Red Twig Farms. Based in Johnstown, Ohio, Red Twig Farms 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

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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. 

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In The Field

Gatherings in Bloom with Andrea K. Grist, Kansas City area floral artist (Episode 219)

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Andrea K. Grist of Andrea K. Grist Floral Art, a Kansas City, Missouri-area floral designer.

Andrea K. Grist of Andrea K. Grist Floral Art, a Kansas City, Missouri-area floral designer.

I have another great conversation to share with you this week, one that is both unique to this guest’s personal story while also thoroughly symbolic of so many who have embraced the Slow Flowers Movement.

Andrea K. Grist is a wedding and event florist and owner of Lee Summit, Missouri, based studio, Andrea K. Grist Floral Art, which serves the Kansas City metro area. Andrea and I met through a Facebook conversation, which is similar to many of our social media/floral connections.

Earlier this year, Andrea reached out and told me she had been listening to the Slow Flowers Podcast and that she also had been reading my books.

That was a flattering connection, of course, but what impressed me since then, over the course of the past six or eight months, is that Andrea shared with me links to one of her blog posts discussing her visits to Missouri flower farms and featuring her designs and styled photo shoots using locally grown and American grown flowers.

All-local Missouri flowers designed by Andrea K. Grist (c) Erin Hernandez-Reisner

All-local Missouri flowers designed by Andrea K. Grist (c) Erin Hernandez-Reisner

Andrea just published "Gatherings in Bloom" as a self-published e-book, also available as a print-on-demand book.

Andrea just published “Gatherings in Bloom” as a self-published e-book, also available as a print-on-demand book.

Eventually we set up a phone date to talk further and I asked Andrea to share her story on this podcast.

Andrea has had a successful career for more than 20 years, but in recent years, she wanted to stretch herself as a designer and as a small business owner.

She started seeking out what was going on in her profession and landed on the Slow Flowers Movement.

Even though most florists in her area weren’t asking for local flowers, Andrea began to do so.

One vase, one bouquet at a time, her work is changing the conversation in her community and for her customers.

Andrea is also a member of the Chapel Designers, and she recently self-published Gatherings in Bloom-Table Art for All Occasions with images by Freeland Photography.

The book is filled with beautiful images of table decor, floral design, and hometown stories about her inspirations and floral passions.

Missouri-grown flowers by Andrea K. Grist.

Missouri-grown flowers by Andrea K. Grist.

A floral still-life (c) Erin Hernandez-Reisner

A floral still-life with local flowers and succulents (c) Erin Hernandez-Reisner

Meet and follow Andrea K. Grist here:

Read Andrea’s Blog Here

Andrea on Facebook 

Andrea on Twitter

Preview and order Gatherings in Bloom here

Before we sign off, I have an announcement to share.

There is an abundance of holiday floral design and wreathmaking workshops going on right now, but one scheduled for next week promises to be unlike any other workshop I’ve heard about.

On November 17th, New York-based Slow Flowers member Elena Seegers of Le Fleuriste will be teaching a fall centerpiece how-to with branches fruits and berries.

Here’s the fun twist: The workshop will be held at Fluent City and include French conversation and vocabulary.

As Elena explained it to me Fluent City is a cool language start up where you learn and converse in different languages through social gatherings and workshops.

Floral Design and French Conversations!

Floral Design and French Conversations!

“Students will learn how to choose and use branches and berries for their table designs, taught in a mixture of French and English.” I don’t know about you, but I would simply love to be part of this evening, which is affordably priced. [note: in the Podcast introduction I inaccurately stated a workshop price of $65. The actual price is $80 per student]

Thanks to the Slow Flowers Tribe, this podcast has been downloaded more than 71,000 times. Whether you’ve just discovered this Podcast or whether you’re a longtime listener, don’t forget that we’ve archived all of the past episodes at – more than two years of conversations with American flower farmers and floral designers – leading voices in the progressive, American-grown community.

Until next week please join me in putting more American grown flowers on the table, one vase at a time. And If you like what you hear, please consider logging onto Itunes and posting a listener review.

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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