Debra Prinzing

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Episode 624: Brooklyn in Bloom with Suzanna Cameron of Stems Brooklyn Florist

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023

Today we’re taking a pause on the 10-year retrospective to bring you a fun video episode — a shop tour, interview, and floral design demonstration that I filmed on August 4th at Stems Brooklyn.

Suzanna Cameron of Stems Brooklyn
Suzanna Cameron of Stems Brooklyn
stems brooklyn team 2023
Stems Brooklyn team

It had been many years since I first visited Stems and spent time with founder Suzanna Cameron, and so much has changed since then. Stems began life 10 years ago in the tiny foyer of a Brooklyn bar called Sycamore. Today, the flower shop is much larger. It’s still in Brooklyn – in the Bushwick neighborhood — and is a spacious, light-filled destination for local flowers and houseplants, where you can shop for gifts, vessels, art and flowers by the stem; and where you can take a group workshop from Suzanna or one of her team members.

2015 Stems Brooklyn
August 2015 front window of Stems Brooklyn’s original site

More about Stems Brooklyn:

Stems Brooklyn was founded in 2013 by Suzanna Cameron in the front of a tiny, darkly-lit speakeasy bar and has since grown into the bright and beautiful warehouse style studio and retail shop it is today!

Stems is all about family, community values and working towards a more equitable and sustainable future in floristry. Taking care of Mother Earth is vital to ensuring a better future for tomorrow which is why we go above and beyond to practice the following eco conscious operations; sourcing local florals, recycling/upcycling, excluding floral foams, chemical dyes and bleach and composting our organic floral waste! As a team we are always doing our best to support each other’s needs and take so much pride in what we do by holding ourselves accountable for each and every interaction and design.

Stems Brooklyn shared photography of some of its recent event design work:

(c) Christian Oth Studio
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(c) Lindsay Lazare
Stems Brooklyn design Mel Barlow & Co
(c) Mel Barlow & Co.

Celebrating 10 years of the Slow Flowers Podcast

10th Anniversary Slow Flowers Podcast

For the past four weeks, we’ve featured return guests who originally appeared on the Slow Flowers Podcast during the first four years of this show. These encore episodes are part of the 10 year anniversary celebration of this award-winning Podcast, which launched in 2013.

The Podcast was broadcast audio only for the first eight years, reaching hundreds of thousands of listeners around the globe, as the first-ever podcast devoted to the floral profession. We incorporated video episodes in 2021, adding a new layer of content for both viewers and listeners.

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 Store It Cold, creators of the revolutionary CoolBot, a popular solution for flower farmers, studio florists and farmer-florists. Save $1000s when you build your own walk-in cooler with the CoolBot and an air conditioner.  Don’t have time to build your own?  They also have turnkey units available. Learn more at    

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

Thank you 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

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:

Capering; Gaena
by Blue Dot Sessions

by Tryad

In The Field