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All-American flowers, grown in Oregon at Charles Little & Co.

All-American flowers, grown in Oregon at Charles Little & Co.

Today’s the day! We’re kicking off American Flowers Week and you’re invited to participate!

What: American Flowers Week is a week-long celebration of domestic flowers, created to raise consumer awareness and unite America’s flower farmers with the U.S. floral industry.

When: The inaugural American Flowers Week takes place June 29-July 4, 2015. In future years, the campaign will always encompass Independence Day.

Who: Everyone in the American floriculture industry is invited to participate, including flower farmers, floral wholesalers, floral designers, retailers and floral enthusiasts.

Where: In all 50 States. Please visit Slowflowers.com to find flower farmers and floral designers, as well as wholesalers and online sources for American Grown Flowers.

Why: At a time when 80 percent of the flowers sold in the U.S. are imported, we believe this is the essential moment to focus attention on the beauty, quality, sustainability and economic impact of American-grown flowers.

How: Get involved! Use the resources provided here at Americanflowersweek.com.

Enjoy these glorious red-white-and-blue flowers, picked just in time for American Flowers Week.

Enjoy these glorious red-white-and-blue flowers, picked just in time for American Flowers Week.

Click here for the entire list of flowers included in this bouquet. They were all grown by Charles and Bethany Little of Charles Little & Co., Eugene, OR.

If you haven’t joined in, there is plenty of time to get involved. The easiest thing you can do is to make a red-white-and-blue bouquet using all American-grown, local and seasonal blooms. Please post that photo on your social sites and tag #americanflowersweek.

This effort will grow from a small idea in 2015 into a significant annual event in the future. By adding your voice (and creativity) to American Flowers Week, you’re helping to sing the praises of our homegrown blooms.