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The Flower Podcast

Scott Shepherd, Host and Flower Educator

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The Flower Podcast, hosted by Scott Shepherd is for the floral community to discuss flowers, trends, and business topics, including everything from flower farmer to all aspects of floristry. Each week a featured guest will share their knowledge, passion, and love of flowers. Join us for colorful chats with talented creatives, photographers, growers, entrepreneurs, authors, and so much more!! Be sure to subscribe on your listening platform of choice. Learn more at https://www.theflowerpodcast ...
 
Do you own a flower business or dream of starting one? Are you looking for practical floral design tips? Ever wonder how other florists run their businesses? Or maybe you’re a farmer florist building a flower farm and floral design business at the same time? You’ve landed in the right place! At the BB Podcast, we serve floral designers, farmer florists, flower shop owners, and aspiring florists by diving into practical tips and insider information from real working florists, floral educators ...
 
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My guest this week is Kimberlee Mitchell owner of Botanica Floral located in Atlanta, Ga. She has been a part of the floral community for over 20 years and has been fortunate to grow her business to include 5 star hotels and work within the film industry. Kimberlee has been working on many major films including the recently released new HBO movie o…
 
This week’s guest is Morgan Sharpe of Creekside Flower Farm located in the Chattanooga, TN area. Morgan shares how she learned the power in place and belonging to the land. As a farmer florist, Morgan both grows and designs flowers for the community she’s been cultivating for 6 years. In this episode, we discuss the importance of connecting to a pl…
 
In this episode, host Jennie Love is joined by Dr. Tom Dykstra, an entomologist with over 25 years of experience in academic and field research. Predominantly, he has studied insect olfaction (how insects smell) from the standpoint of bioelectromagnetics and has proven a new theory based on the fusion of biophysics and neurophysiology. Dr. Dykstra …
 
Our guests this week are Shannon and Mike Farrell owners of Shamrock Farm on Vancouver Island In British Columbia, Canada. They began growing vegetables almost 30 years ago and added flowers about 8 years into farming and haven’t looked back since. I’m grateful for the Farrell’s willingness to share about their addition of farming flowers, farming …
 
This weeks guest is Dr. Jim DelPrince, a horticultural specialist with Mississippi State University Extension. Jim has taught floristry at MSU, won the award of service to the floral industry in 2016 from AIFD, he’s coauthored books on floral design, interior plantscaping, floristry history, and floristry terminology just to name a few. His researc…
 
My guest has developed something she calls ‘flowers from the heart’ where the flowers continuously guide her. Gabriela Salazar feels that flowers are not just beautiful too arrange but working with them also teaches you how to be patient, kind, resilient, and graceful, offering immeasurable life lessons. Yes, Gabriela Salazar of La Musa De Las Flor…
 
TODAY’S GUEST: Joseph Massie author of The Flower School: The Principles and Pleasures of Good Flowers the youngest person ever to win 5 consecutive RHS gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Founder and Creative Director at Joseph Massie Flowers Founder of The Flower Class Host of the Flowers After Hours Podcast TODAY'S TOPIC: Becoming a Publi…
 
This week’s episode is for florist, flowers farmers, and flower enthusiast. I’m excited to chat with Liz Schmidt of Schreiner’s Iris Garden all about bearded iris, also known as Iris germanica. Can you imagine being born into a family business that’s passion is for the Bearded Iris? My guest this week is following in the foot steps of her father an…
 
Today we’re visiting with floral designer Ginny Early, owner of Enemies of the Average in Gainesville, Georgia. Join us as we talk with Ginny about: Flowering for weddings, museums, and editorial shoots Using the painful experiences she's walked through as a catalyst to support other women in feeling valued Building a business that reflects her tal…
 
Happy Mother's Day!! This week on The Flower Podcast we’re replaying our Mother's Day Special from back in Season 2. It was great to interview the Mother’s of four of our past guests. So for this week’s episode, we are fortunate to host the Mother’s of Ashley Woodson Bailey, Jacin Fitzgerald, Amy Osaba, and Sarah Bagle. Learning about the early lif…
 
Christine Chitnis is our guest this week. She’s a writer and photographer based in Providence, Rhode Island. The author of four books—including Patterns of India (Clarkson Potter, 2020)—and a contributor to publications including the New York Times, Elle, Martha Stewart Living, and Boston Globe, Christine has not only earned a reputation as a multi…
 
Our guest this week is Carlos Franqui, the Founder and Creative Director of Floratorium a NYC high-end flower studio that specializes in conceptualized silk flowers installations that are meant to excite, delight, and elevate guest experiences for brick and mortar hospitality and retail destinations. Floratorium opened in 2014 when Carlos saw a nee…
 
Today we’re visiting with floral designer Sophie Felts, owner of Sophie Felts Floral Design which services the Washington DC area. Join us as we talk with Sophie about: Building a flower business from the ground up with a business degree and a passion for flowers Starting and running a business with small children The framework she used to create a…
 
Our guest this week is Briana Bosch of Blossom and Branch Farm. Briana shares the story of how they started their flower farm and began the regenerative process. We discuss the use of organic practices, carbon sequestration, and the importance of protecting peat. Learn more about Briana and all of our past guests on TheFlowerPodcast.com Subscribe o…
 
Today we’re catching up with our very first BB Podcast guest ever! Join us for a conversation with Susan McLeary aka Passionflower Sue — author, educator, wearable florals innovator, and self-appointed corsage ambassador. A few of the things we're chatting about in this episode: the process of writing a book her curiosity around figuring out sticki…
 
This week we're replaying our episode from Season 2 with Maxine Owens of Maxine Owens Designs. Maxine shares her story and travels with flowers this week on The Flower Podcast. Scott and Maxine chat about her love of nature, movement, color, and texture that inspires the work of this southern creative. We chat about the importance of connecting wit…
 
Host Jennie Love is joined again Dave Dowling of Ball Colorlink. Dave was on Season 1 of the podcast to discuss tulips in detail. Check out that episode if you haven't already. This time we're talking for an hour about ranunculus cultivation. Because, you know, that's probably what you're doing right now! We cover a lot of ground in this episode, f…
 
The conversation of sustainability is growing and I am thrilled to have TJ McGrath as my guest this week. From his home studio in New Jersey, TJ conducts workshop, private lessons, and prefers to focus on exploring floral design a seasonal and artistic expression. A champion voice of sustainable flowers and supporter of locally grown flowers, TJ sh…
 
My guest this week is Ryan O’Neil, creator of Curate. You’ve heard me speak of Curate as a new sponsor of The Flower Podcast and I am glad to finally chat with Ryan about why he created Curate and how this florist software can be a powerful tool for your business and not only florist but event planners, caterers, and venue management. Today we talk…
 
Today we’re visiting with floral designer Pili Fuentes, owner of Las Floristas in Mexico City, Mexico. Pili is also the founder 0f Flower House Mexico and co-founder of the European Association for Flower Growers. Join us as we talk with Pili about: Transitioning from kindergarten teacher to floral designer The learning opportunities she's found in…
 
Our guest this week is Charlotte Smith and she teaches farmers the skills they need to make money on their farms AND live calm, balanced lives through mindset coaching. Going against what most of us have been taught, Charlotte coaches in 13 countries to build successful profitable farms while also getting out from feeling overwhelmed, stressed and …
 
TODAY’S GUESTS: Lauren & Leah Palmer | The Wild Mother TOPIC: Send Flowers to MMIW In May 2022, the Palmer sisters, owners of The Wild Mother, will embark on their annual Send Flowers To project. This year the project will surround MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) Awareness Day, on May 5th. Send Flowers To MMIW is a requiem and response…
 
Host Jennie Love sits down with Dr. Catherine Brewer of New Mexico State University. Dr. Brewer (Catie) is a chemical and materials engineer who has devoted a good portion of her professional scientific career to studying biochar, particularly as it relates to processing agricultural waste to create a valuable farm input. Biochar is a "fine-grained…
 
Adam and Jenn O’Neal cultivate farm fresh flowers at PepperHarrow, their 20-acre farm in Winterset, Iowa. Their farm is described as an idyllic setting, sitting on a beautiful plateau above the Middle River Valley, nestled among the historic covered bridges and gorgeous rolling hills of Madison County. Jenn and Adam are decade long cut-flower farme…
 
Today we’re visiting with John Gibbons, owner of Lakes & Rivers Flower Farm in Liverpool, England. Join us as we talk with John about: transitioning from makeup artist to flower farmer how his time at Dior inspired his career in flower farming utilizing an allotment to get a taste of flower farming overcoming challenges without losing vision and en…
 
This week we were planning on airing our conversation with Jenn and Adam O'Neal of PepperHarrow Farm in Winterset, Iowa. Saturday a tornado hit their farm destroying all of the structures and greenhouses, except their home. Their family is safe thankfully, but it will take some time to rebuild eventhing that they've created. We will share their int…
 
Today’s episode is all about Flower Business with Alison Ellis. In case you aren’t familiar with Alison, she is the founder of realflowerbusiness.com, creator of Flower Math, and author of Falling Into Flowers, A step-by-step guide to today’s modern wedding business. She’s a floral designer and educator who teaches florists around the world how to …
 
Today we’re visiting with Sarah Shell, owner of Fern Studio Flowers in Columbia, South Carolina. Join us as we talk with Hannah about: her "tiny career detour as a lawyer" and how she found her way back to flowers finding the education she needed to learn floral design techniques why she added a retail shop to her existing wedding/event business op…
 
Joining host Jennie Love on today's show is Denise Richter from Pistil & Stamen in New Orleans. On her small urban flower farm, Denise has had to get very clever over the years with intercropping to maximize the number of harvestable stems. In this conversation, we dive deep into intercropping as well as urban farming, managing super wet soils, and…
 
This week I am excited to share a roundtable discussion with not only the founder of Rooted Farmers, but with a flower farmer and a florist so in essence we have a view from every angle. I’m excited to welcome Rhea Calpeno of Photosynthesis Floral Design and Lillian Calhoun of Calhoun Flower Farms. We really dive into each side of using the Rooted …
 
Today we’re visiting with Hannah Brannan, owner of California-based Gather Flora — a platform for farmers, florists, grocers, and resellers that provides the tools you need to connect your business to flower sales in a streamlined, local, and even more sustainable way. Join us as we talk with Hannah about: finding inspiration in her grandmother's T…
 
Host Jennie Love sits down with former aerospace engineer turned author, Nigel Palmer, to discuss his outstanding book The Regenerative Grower's Guide to Garden Amendments. Nigel has done a superb job of putting the science behind homebrewed natural inputs like those touted in Korean Natural Farming and JADAM practices. Nigel tells us how we can co…
 
No-Till Flowers is a podcast all about regenerative practices to help flower farms be more resilient and our community to thrive. Flower farms can do so much more than just grow flowers! Through our work on our farms, we can build habitat for other creatures of all sizes, balancing soils, water cycles and ecosystems. If we e give back more than we …
 
Our guest this week is Felicia Alvarez of Menagerie Farm and Flower. She shares her love of fragrant garden roses through her sustainable farming practices, her specialty farm nursery, and helping others through online learning and in person workshops through the Menagerie Academy. Today’s episode is packed full of growing tips , how-to’s and why’s…
 
Host Jennie Love talks with Erika Eschholz & Ken Michael from Teton Full Circle Farm in Idaho about what it means to be a biodynamic flower farm. We get into both the practical parts of biodynamics and the woo-woo. Erika and Ken were gracious enough to provide a long list of resources for listeners who want to learn more about biodynamics: Books Gr…
 
This week we’re talking about having fun and an efficient flower farm on The Flower Podcast. My guest shares successful flower farming in a relatively small space. It’s not always about the acreage but about efficiency, productive crops, and having fun while growing. Canadian Antonio Valente shares how his love of flowers as a child grew into his n…
 
Today's Guests: Natalie Gill | Native Poppy Twyla Reimer | Remi + Gold Jen Donohue | Juniper Lane Floral Design Kori Gervasio | Colly Flowers In this episode, we’re chatting with Jen and Kori about their experiences as part of CIRCLE 2021 and we're sharing some exciting opportunities for 2022. We're especially excited to introduce you to a new memb…
 
Semia Dunne is the founder and President of Semia Floral Studio located in Providence, Rhode Island. She opened her studio in 2000 and has specialized in wedding and large event floral design for the past 21 years. In 2013 she was named as one of the top 62 floral designers in the Martha Stewart Wedding Magazine. Her inspiration comes from nature a…
 
Today we’re catching up with Sylvia Bustamante Gubbins, owner of Madrid Flower School. You may remember our conversation with Sylvia in Episode 42 (2019) when she had just opened MFS. So much has happened since that conversation, we thought it would be fun to sit back down and see how Sylvia has guided the school through growth in the midst of a pa…
 
And we're back! It's the premiere of Season 2 of No-Till Flowers!! Host Jennie Love talks again with fan favorite, Tony Gaetz of Bare Mountain Farm about making and using natural farm inputs for fertility and biology a la Korean Natural Farming and JADAM practices. The running theme is that a little goes a long way. Tony was on Season 1 of the podc…
 
Our guest this week is Jessica Aguilera and she is an advocate for supporting locally grown flowers in Australia. An entrepreneur specializing in events, marketing and styling, creating the Newcastle Food and Flower’s Market, and The School of Floral Design in Newcastle, my guest has a passion for mentoring and sharing her knowledge, empowering her…
 
Today we’re continuing our conversation with Twyla Reimer, owner of Remi + Gold in Austin, Texas. We were nowhere near done asking questions when our last conversation with Twyla concluded, so we asked her to come back and tell us more! We hope you find the second half of our visit helpful and encouraging — especially if you're wanting to break int…
 
Creating Beauty in the World with Flowers with Kelsea Olivia, Founder of East Olivia “Beauty is not a luxury, it is a human need.” Kelsea Olivia Kelsea Olivia, is a NYC-based, California-born, wild-hearted entrepreneur. Motivated by her lifelong dream to create beauty in the world, Kelsea and her women-led boutique creative agency, East Olivia, har…
 
This week our guest is Becky Feasby of Prairie Girl Flowers in Calgary, Canada. Becky creates weddings and events with sustainable practices. In fact, Becky is the Canadian Ambassador for @sustainablefloristry and shares her knowledge and experiences through workshops and social media. She also is currently studying for her Masters degree in Sustai…
 
We’re excited to have Georgia Monroe of Basecamp Farms return to The Flower Podcast as our guest this week. Earlier in the year we recorded one of our first episodes and at that time we recorded a part 2. In this episode we’re chatting about many of the lessons that Georgia has learned while flower farming on her nine acres. Our topics include the …
 
This week we’re excited to share our interview with Monica Michelle, one of the founders and CEO of BloomTV. It was great to learn about how her love of flowers started and how she came up with the idea for creating a streaming service all about flowers. Follow the link below to sign up for the beta program and learn more about all of the great flo…
 
We're excited to replay one of the most popular episodes from Season 2 this week! Shane Connolly, Owner of Shane Connolly and Company, chats with Scott Shepherd this week on The Flower Podcast. He discusses the wedding he designed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, his love for the meaning of flowers, and his passion for creating foam free desi…
 
This week we’re talking about the relationship between flower farmers and floral wholesalers with Gretel and Steve Adams owners of Sunny Meadows Flower Farm. I’m glad we were able to continue the conversation from last week. I hope you find our conversation helpful as you market the flowers you grow. Also, if you missed our episode last week it’s d…
 
Today we’re visiting with Twyla Reimer, owner of Remi + Gold in Austin, Texas. From a slight obsession with TLC wedding shows to working behind the scenes on events along the Las Vegas strip, flowering in California, and opening a business in Texas, you'll want to fasten your seatbelt for Twyla's story. She's not afraid to follow a dream. But, her …
 
Our guest this week are first generation flower farmers dedicated to producing sustainabl and domestically grown fresh cut flowers. Gretel and Steve Adams share their passion for farming and helping others fulfill their dreams of building a successful flower farm. We are chatting tunnels, specialty crops, staffing, multiple outlets, consumer awaren…
 
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