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LH 95: Growing Organic Flowers

How to Grow Organic Flowers Like a Pro

When I first heard that Erin Benzakein (the leading organic flower farmer-florist in the country) was writing a book for the home gardener on how to grow, harvest and arrange cut flowers…

Well, I was beyond excited!

Why?

Because Erin knows how to grow a TON of flowers in a relatively small space AND how to transform those flowers into beautiful bouquets that will feed your soul.

Who better to teach home gardeners how to pack a lot of punch into a small space than a woman who  harvests and sells literally thousands of bouquets from less than 2 acres of soil?

And she does it in a completely organic and sustainable way!

Not only is Erin on the cutting edge of the local flower movement in terms of sustainability, but she is also an incredibly gifted floral designer who is willing to share her secrets on growing and creating lush, long-lasting, completely organic floral bouquets that will make your heart skip a beat.

I think you will really enjoy this interview.

You’ll learn:

  • Why supporting local flowers is SO important for us & the  earth
  • How Erin transitioned from city life to flower farmer life
  • The big impact from a small handful of sweet peas
  • The counter-intuitive technique for reviving wilting cut flowers
  • The best pro tips for getting long vase life
  • Just how little space is necessary for growing
  • How the home gardener can get started
  • How to prevent wind-blown garden plants in less than 5 minutes

 

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Erin Benzakein:

Erin Benzakein is the founder of the flower farm Floret. She is considered one of the nation’s leading “farmer-florists”, which is a term she helped popularize to describe those skilled at both flower farming and floristry. She recently wrote the long-awaited book,  Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms.

Erin has published extensively on her blog and in Growing for Market (a trade publication), and has mentored countless other aspiring farmer florists across the country.

Her floral designs and flower farm have been published in magazines including Living, Sunset, Country Living, Victoria, Seattle Bride and Mary Jane’s Farm, as well as dozens of trend-setting wedding websites, blogs, and photo shoots.

Aside from being a skilled farmer and top-notch florist, Erin is also an accomplished photographer, floral designer teacher and entrepreneur.

Known for her lush, airy, romantic floral designs, Erin was awarded the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Award for Floral Design.

Erin is drawn to old-fashioned flowers and is consistently pushing the limits of what can be used in a bouquet. Her latest obsession is incorporating various herbs, edibles and vines in her designs.

With Floret’s strong natural brand, far-reaching web presence, national press exposure and a client roster that includes companies like Whole Foods, the floral world is watching Erin’s little flower farm, waiting to see what’s next.

How to Care for Cut Flowers:

Erin was gracious enough to share her pro tips on caring for our fresh-cut flowers.

Click the box below to download her free PDF tip sheet and get the longest vase life possible:

 

Resources & Links Mentioned:

Cut Flower Garden* – Erin’s new book for the home gardener

Floret Farm – Erin’s website & farm

Slow Flower Movement –Podcast episode 41

How to Force Fruit Tree Branches Into Bloom – Theresa’s Blog Post

Hortonova Netting  from Johnny Seeds – for supporting flowers horizontally

Erin on Instagram – Floret Flowers

Transcript:

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.

2 Comments:

  • Loved the interview with Erin so much. Thanks for sharing!

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