I’ve been digging deeper into learning more about gardening, and I feel like I’ve uncovered a whole other universe where understanding the seasons and weather is necessary, getting your hands dirty is mandatory, and local is revered above all else.
It’s kind of a shock to the system when you spend 40-60 hours a week sitting in front of a computer, talking about user experience and concept statements, discussing KPIs and QVAs (the latter of which, I couldn’t tell you what it means), and pushing pixels left and right.
But anyway, my first peek into this world has been through Debra Prinzing’s Slow Flowers podcast. I started listening to it at work, and it does wonders for my nerves. She interviews flower farmers and florists, and together they discuss the “slow flower” or “field to vase” movement.
So what the heck am I talking about?
Slow flowers is basically the equivalent of “farm to table.” Florists are becoming more cognizant of where their flowers come from, and they’re eager to support local growers. Plus, flowers that are grown nearby and picked days (rather than weeks) before are more vibrant, perkier, and honestly, more beautiful.
Most grocery stores and major florists ship their flowers in from South America, since their climate allows for a wide variety of flowers at any time of the year. But aside from not being environmentally friendly, those flowers are drugged up with preservatives to help them hold up during shipping.
I had heard inklings of this local flower thing around Baltimore during my adventures in wedding planning, but it wasn’t until I started listening to Prinzing’s podcast that I really started to appreciate it. Plus, she interviewed succulent genius, Robin Stockwell, and that’s when she stole my heart.