Farm & Studio Journal

Floret Workshop

by Susan

I had the great privilege of attending and helping with Floret's Farmer-Florist Workshop in April.  This amazing workshop brought together 21 established or aspiring farmer-florists from across the country and as far away as Australia and was filled with so much beauty and floral bounty.  The three-day workshop was divided between Floret's two-acre micro farm and the historic Bayse barn (shots below) where there were presentations on farmer-florist business models, social media, succession planting and more. 

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As part of Team Floret, I helped to write and edit sections of the Floret resource book and assisted in the preparation of some of the formal presentations.  Once on the ground, I got to help harvest flowers for the design demo, stuff the amazing swag bags full of great gifts and resources for all the attendees, and then help with other behind-the-scenes tasks to help make the workshop run smoothly.  

Chris Benzakein demonstrates the use of a vacuum seeder to workshop attendees

Chris Benzakein demonstrates the use of a vacuum seeder to workshop attendees

Erin shares tips on taking cuttings from mums and dahlias to increase your floral stock

Erin shares tips on taking cuttings from mums and dahlias to increase your floral stock

I made so many great new flower friends including Carra and Nina, two other members of Team Floret, below:   

The compote I created during the design day at the Floret workshop.  

The compote I created during the design day at the Floret workshop.  

I snatched up the gorgeous double yellow tulips to make this spring flower infused bridal bouquet

I snatched up the gorgeous double yellow tulips to make this spring flower infused bridal bouquet

Such an informative and inspirational experience!