This Week's Podcast: A Replay: The Local Flower Movement's Champion, Debra Prinzing
Click on the small black arrow on the bar to listen, or the MP3 to download the show:This week, Debra Prinzing is our guest and we celebrate the publication of her latest book, Slow Flowers, in which she shows arrangements using locally grown plants. Debra is a Seattle-based outdoor-living expert who writes and lectures on gardens and home design. She is a contributing editor for Better Homes & Gardens and her feature stories appear in the home section of the Los Angeles Times. Debra also serves as the president of the Garden Writers Association.
The slow food movement has changed our relationship to what we eat, and now the slow flower movement is changing the way we think about cut flowers. One challenge is to do that through the winter.
“Yes, we’d all prefer fresh, fragrant flowers in our bouquets, not the chemical-laden ‘undead’ blooms flown in from afar,” she says. How to do that in winter? Debra shows 52 weeks of arrangements including ones made with ornamental twigs, fruit, foliage, greenhouse plants, dried pods and more (A bowl of pink and cream flowers and fruit, below).
Slow Flowers is written from a DIY floral designer’s perspective, to inspire anyone to go green with what’s at hand, no matter the season. The book provides extensive design tips, bouquet “recipes,” suggestions from how to build a hidden superstructure for an arrangement, to tips to make flowers last longest. Debra includes a region-by-region floral ingredient list of things to find in all climate zones through the year. I’d say that if it is impractical to send someone a locally grown bouquet, send a copy of this lovely little book.