Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm

By Debra Prinzing

The slow food movement (with its hundreds of thousands of members and supporters) has changed our relationship with the foods in our lives. Now the slow flower movement is changing the way we think about cut flowers: Yes, we'd all prefer fresh, fragrant flowers in our bouquets, not the chemical-laden lifeless blooms flown in from afar - but what to do in those seasons when not much is growing locally? Acclaimed garden writer Debra Prinzing challenged herself to create a beautiful, locally-grown bouquet for each of 52 weeks of one year (going beyond flowers to include ornamental twigs, foliage, greenhouse plants, dried pods, and more), to demonstrate that all four seasons have their own botanical character to be celebrated. She provides extensive design tips, bouquet “recipes” and region-by-region floral ingredient lists that can be found in all climate zones through the year. Slow Flowers is written from a DIY floral designer's point of view, to inspire anyone to go green and make a beautiful bouquet with what's at hand, no matter the season. The Garden Writers Association has recognized Slow Flowers with a 2014 Silver Award of Achievement


Debra Prinzing is a Seattle and Los Angeles-based outdoor living expert who writes and lectures on gardens and home design. A frequent speaker for botanical garden, horticultural society and flower show audiences, Debra is also a regular radio and television guest. Her previous books include The 50 Mile Bouquet , Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways and The Abundant Garden. Debra is a contributing garden editor for Better Homes & Gardens and contributes to Country Gardens, GRAY magazine, Garden Design, Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Landscape Architecture, Sunset, Alaska Airlines and Romantic Homes. She is the founder of, a free, nationwide online directory to help consumers find florists, studios, wedding planners, supermarket flower departments and flower farmers who grow and source domestic American flowers.

Author Debra Prinzing with Christy Hulsey, our Creative Director, and Pat Dahlson, CEO of Mayesh Wholesale Flowers in Portland, Oregon. Debra attended the workshop at UnionPine and interviewed Christy for her podcast. Photography by Nicole Clarey Photography.

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