The largest cut flower farm on the East Coast has become part of the #AmericanGrown family! ❤️💐 @bloomiaflowers is now Certified American Grown and we are so excited to welcome them! With Bloomia’s certification, American Grown now represents over half of all domestic production of cut flowers and greens! 🙌 #AmericanFlowersMonth#CertifiedAmericanGrown
Learn about Bloomia 👉 http://bit.ly/bloomiabecomescertifiedamericangrown
An influential U.S. senator from the Golden State recently introduced a resolution celebrating the contributions of American flower growers and designating July “American Grown Flower Month.” On June 18, Dianne Feinstein (D-California) delivered a moving speech on the Senate floor extolling the country’s flower growers. “Cut flower growers in the United States are hard-working, dedicated individuals who bring beauty, economic stimulus, and pride to their communities and the nation,” she began. In addition to declaring July “American Grown Flower Month,” the resolution recognizes that growing flowers and greens in the United States is a vital part of the country’s agricultural industry, that cultivating flowers domestically enhances the ability of Americans to festively celebrate holidays and special occasions and that purchasing American-grown flowers supports, growers, small businesses and the U.S. economy. It also “urges all people of the United States to proactively showcase flowers and greens grown in the United States in order to show support for our flower farmers, processors and distributors, as well as agriculture in the United States overall.” Read more in this week’s E-Brief and at safnow.org.
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Certified American Grown, you sure know how to deck out a ballroom. The Annual First Lady’s Luncheon — 200 stunning centerpieces, 1,000 corsages featuring American Grown flowers and foliage — was one for this history books. Thank you @kaseycronquist for inviting me! Be watching SAF now.org for more coverage! #certifiedamericangrown#flowers#flowersofinstagram
This week's #stateflowerfriday is a fitting edition with Valentine's Day on the horizon next week. Who knows what the numbers truly are, but I'd say that this next week could be called "the week of the Rose". 🌹🌹🌹 Which brings us to the state of New York! A rose of any color will do in NY, while Georgia, Iowa and North Dakota have specified varieties and will have their own day in the sun. School kids voted on a state flower in 1890, where goldenrod actually won, but the rose wasn't officially adopted until 1955. New York might have been a bit of a late bloomer (heh heh..) in naming a state flower, but they picked a good one. Roses have been around for about 35 million years and are one of the most widely cultivated flower crops worldwide. Roses grow well across North America but are particularly verdant in the Hudson Valley where tours of rose gardens on historic estates such as a Vanderbilt mansion which boasts a circular rose garden with over 1200 plants. Cultivated as far back as the Egyptians, the rose is also the national floral emblem of the United States. There are 35 varieties of native roses that grow in the US and thousands of hybrids and cultivars available.
The rose family includes delights such as apples, pears, almonds, cherries, strawberries and apricots so it should come as no surprise that you can eat most of the plant. Rose hips have one of the highest concentrations of Vitamin C occurring naturally in a plant. Rose water and essential oil have been used as a scent, in cooking and as medicine for centuries. A tincture of the petals can treat sore throats, fevers, stomach distress and be used as a mild astringent. The Chippewas of the Great Lakes Region treated cataracts with the inner bark of the root. Almost all women's perfume starts with true Bulgarian rose oil base, made from the petals of the Damask rose which only blooms for two weeks a year.
Roses are also the 15th wedding anniversary flower and the June birthday flower. And they're just about everywhere! I do not grow roses in my garden but if you have a friend who does, then you know what an art form it can be to cultivate them. Love em? Hate em? Grow em? Shout out below! 🌹🌹
Join us for a floral design workshop at @chamardvineyards on #galentinesday ! We will teach students how to elevate a grocery store bouquet to an elegant arrangement. Learn about product labeling and how you can support USA 🇺🇸 growers at the checkout.
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This year we’ve been spreading the #SlowFlowers message to anyone that will listen. In all of our workshops and at every new client consultation, we start by stressing why we choose to buy local, America grown flowers. Origin matters and the industry is beginning to make it easier to shop intentionally. I️ spotted these two stickers identifying #cagrown and #certifiedamericangrown at Trader Joe’s. Expect to see more of this labeling in the years to come.
Have you seen this labeling anywhere? Do you find this messaging helpful when you’re at the checkout?