SLOWFLOWERS.COM ANNOUNCES 2017 AMERICAN FLOWERS WEEK
A new Floral Holiday, now in its third year
Set for June 28-July 4, 2017
SEATTLE, WA (May 1, 2017) – Slowflowers.com, the comprehensive online resource that connects consumers with local, seasonal and sustainable flowers, today announced details about the third annual “American Flowers Week.”
Since 2015, Slowflowers.com creator Debra Prinzing has staged a week-long celebration of domestic flowers to raise consumer awareness and unite America’s flower farmers with the U.S. floral industry. Last year, that effort generated more than 1.3 million social media impressions on Twitter and Instagram in a single month, demonstrating the power of images, ideas and values that promote American Grown Flowers.
Clearly, we’re experiencing a new normal marketplace in which consumers are highly conscious of the origins of the goods they purchase, and this is more evident in the floral industry than ever before,” Prinzing said. “The Slow Flowers community of growers and designers believe it’s important to raise awareness and celebrate local and domestic flowers with a new American floral holiday.
Many of the floral fashions will be published in the June 2017 issue of Florists’ Review magazine and the full gallery of images will be revealed and shared during American Flowers Week, Prinzing said.
In addition, American Flowers Week will be celebrated during a one-day Slow Flowers Summit, a symposium for progressive thought and action in the floral industry. Called a “Ted Talk for Flower Lovers,” the Summit takes place on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at the Surf Incubator Event Space in Downtown Seattle.
“Certified American Grown is excited to be part of promoting a week focused on America’s flower farming families and the flowers they grow,” said Kasey Cronquist, administrator of Certified American Grown. “Origin matters, and we believe a week like this helps drive public awareness about the quality, beauty and economic benefits of supporting and buying homegrown blooms. Buying American Grown Flowers makes a difference.”
“Johnny’s Selected Seeds is thrilled to be an American Flowers Week partner,” said Gretchen Kruysman, Johnny’s marketing director. “We encourage our customers, employees and the flower farming and gardening community to plant more flowers and help local flowers thrive.”
“Syndicate Sales is an American manufacturer of vases and supplies for the professional florist, so it’s entirely fitting to promote the vibrant American-grown floral palette from local flower farms and floral designers who fill our vases,” says Kelvin Frye, Syndicate Sales’ director of sales and marketing. “We salute American Flowers Week.”
“At Longfield Gardens, we supply gardeners with the best quality plants and bulbs for their landscapes, cutting gardens and containers,” says Jen Pfau, marketing director for Longfield Gardens. “American Flowers Week helps us shine the light on the amazing selection of flowers to plant, cut and arrange. It’s a great campaign that involves everyone from home gardeners to flower farmers and florists.”
American Flowers Week is designed to engage the public, policymakers and the media in a conversation about the origins of their flowers. As an advocacy effort, the campaign coincides with America’s Independence Day on July 4th, providing florists, retailers, wholesalers and flower farmers a patriotic opportunity to promote American grown flowers.
American Flowers Week supporters can find more information and resources at americanflowersweek.com. Downloadable fact sheets, infographics and the 2017 American Flowers Week logo and social media badges are available for growers and florists to use for marketing and promotion efforts.
The “50 States of American Grown Flowers” contest will highlight local flowers from across the country, Prinzing said. “Slowflowers.com member farms and florists are invited to submit their designs to a gallery to be shared with media during American Flowers Week. Our goal is to showcase the botanical and seasonal beauty from flower farms and designers in all 50 states.”
Participants are encouraged to use the social media tag #Americanflowersweek to help spread the word about this campaign across all platforms.
Farmers and Florists in Greenville, South Carolina, came together to celebrate local flowers for American Flowers Week 2016 (c) Angela Zion Photography
If you’re like me, planning for 2017 is top-of-mind these days. And it’s not too early to begin your American Flowers Week 2017 promotional prep!
Here’s some inspiration to get you started. I’ve been wanting to share the story of SC Upstate Flowers, a group of creative and motivated flower farmers who are staking a claim for Slow Flowers in their community. They planned a fun, festive, floral — and affordable — promotionalevent that was a huge success.
Meet Melissa Smith, Fraylick Farm (c) Angela Zion
The goal? To use the occasion of American Flowers Week to introduce themselves and their beautiful, local blooms to their hometown florists.
Flower farmer and Slowflowers.com member Melissa Smith of Fraylick Farm knew that American Flowers Week 2016 (June 28-July 4) was coming up after reading about it in Slowflowers.com newsletters.
“I thought, ‘we need to do something with this — this is a good opportunity,'” she explained. The idea of a “Farmer-Florist Party”took on a life of its own when Suzie Bunn of Statice Floral offered to hold the party in her Greenville studio.
Gorgeous, natural light fills The Station, where florist Suzie Bunn and her business Statice Floral are based.
“The Station,” where Suzie’s design studio is housed, is actually an old gas station converted into a multi-artist commercial space. In addition to a printmaker, two photographers work here, including Angela Zion, who offered to capture the Farmer-Florist Party on film. She has generously shared some of those images with us here.
Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, the innovative farmer-to-florist wholesale cooperative based in Seattle, has stepped up its support for American Flowers Week 2017, today announcing its sponsorship of one of five Floral Style Fashion shoots.
SWGMC is excited about the opportunity to support and sponsor American Flowers Week. This creative campaign encourages consumers to think about where their cut flowers are grown, and brings about more awareness of the importance of our domestic flower farms, and the challenges they face.
— Molly Sadowsky, Market Manager
We’ve assembled a talented “dream team” behind the Prairie-inspired floral look, which will be depicted in a pastoral setting that reflects American floral agriculture at its best!
Inspiration board featuring NW-grown flowers from Jello Mold Farm, Everyday Flowers, Sonshine Farm and Rain Drop Farm.
We can’t wait to share this imagery with you! But it will be embargoed until American Flowers Week 2017 — June 28-July 4, 2017.
Get in touch if you’d like to learn more about our Floral Style Fashions — we’re producing 5 in all so there’s still time to become a sponsor! I’m at debra (at) slowflowers (dot) com (email@example.com).
Congratulations from AMERICAN FLOWERS WEEK to everyone in Australia who is working to sustain and promote domestic, Australia-grown flowers and floral design that supports the ethos of local and seasonal botanicals!
Floral designer and educator Holly Heider Chapple, creator of the Chapel Designers, has something big in store for her first FLOWERSTOCK, which takes place October 17-18 at Hope Flower Farm.
“(I’m) excited to announce that Slow Flowers will be an official sponsor for Flowerstock,” Holly shared on her Instagram feed (@hollychapple). “During the festival we will be creating a top secret floral design on their behalf. This design will be created with all American-grown flowers!”
This is indeed exciting news! The participants of Flowerstock will create one of our five American Flowers Week “Floral Style” fashion shoots featuring an iconic American-grown flower to reflect the robust domestic flower farming community and the spirit of local and seasonal floristry.
In joining forces with American Flowers Week, Flowerstock will be named a Floral Style Sponsor. Images of the Flowerstock Floral Style creation will be included in the 2017 American Flowers Week promotions to media, industry and consumers.
About Flowerstock: Flowerstock is being offered at the rate of $825 and includes demonstrations and installations from Ariella Chezar, Robbie Honey, Naomi De Manana, Holly Chapple, Lisa Waud, Sweetroot Village, Oak and the Owl, Fleur Inc, Southern Blooms and Joseph Massie. This is a festival vibe with live music, glamping tents, food trucks, bonfires, and sundries! Details and tickets can be found here.
Sixteen prizes were donated for our 50 States of American Grown Flowers drawing
A sweet, fragrant and beautiful time was had by all! As the momentum grows for American Flowers Week, we’re already collecting ideas for 2017. Your suggestions and ideas are welcome! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to share yours.
Before I sign off, I have to post my FAVORITE Flower Farmer Moments from American Flowers Week. They are simply beyond compare and you’ll love them:
Slow Flowers member Hedda Brorstrom of Full Bloom Farm near Sebastopol created the cutest American Flowers Week flower bra!
Slow Flowers member Dennis Westphall, one half of Jello Mold Farm, took inspiration from the film “American Beauty,” and posed ‘au naturele’ in a bath tub filled with Cafe au Lait dahlias. Wow.
The Pabody family of Triple Wren Farm created a fantastic Instagram mosaic to celebrate #americanflowersweek
P.S. With Canada Day occurring each year on July 1st, we’d like to launch #canadianflowersweek to help our Slowflowers.com members in Canada promote domestic flowers.
Get in touch if you’re interesting in serving on a planning committee for that campaign.
Here’s a 30-day snapshot of the #americanflowersweek activity on Instagram and Twitter alone.
The excitement of American Flowers Week is starting to die down and yet we’re still collecting photographs and posts of engagement for the 2nd annual celebration of local and domestic flowers!
The numbers shown above are just part of the story because we can’t reliably track Facebook or conventional media mentions. However as a snapshot of activity, the Keyhole.co chart is significant when compared to the same period in 2015. One year ago, we had 410,000 potential impressions for #americanflowersweek. This year, the total potential is more than three times the prior year’s impressions. From 410k to 1.3 million!
Thank you to our four financial sponsors: Certified American Grown, Syndicate Sales, Longfield Gardens and Mayesh Wholesale.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to write a tweet, share a photo, add a sticker to a bouquet, create an unique display, compose blog posts, teach a workshop, send out a press release, appear on local media, author a column or new story, donate flowers and prizes, and generally get behind this wonderful campaign.
I’ll be posting more insights in the coming days, and introducing many of the active and influential #americanflowersweek participants.
And then . . . we’ll begin the planning for 2017! I’ll be surveying Slowflowers.com members for input and suggestions. There is so much potential and we’re just getting started!
That’s a Wrap! Thank you to everyone who participated in American Flowers Week 2016! (c) Amanda Dumouchelle
The 2nd annual American Flowers Week is a wrap, folks! So many of you participated this year and we’ve calculated a 250% increase in social media engagement over 2015. That’s seriously impressive!
Later this week I’ll post more on our “American Flowers Week by the Numbers,” but for today, I want to announce our winners and thank our sponsors.
We noted more than 1,080 #americanflowersweek posts on Instagram and that’s not counting shares and reposts! A total of 111 of you designed and posted American Flowers Week bouquets for our “50 States of American Flowers” gallery. Not every state was represented, but flower farmers and floral designers from 33 states did participate — that’s pretty awesome!
Here are the winners from our random drawing. You’ll be connected with the prize donor by email with more details:
The winners are:Maple Flower Farm of Vermont (Liz Kreig); Erika’s Fresh Flowers of Oregon (Kathleen Barber); Pot & Box of Michigan (Lisa Waud); Daniele Alion Strawn of California; and Flower Duet of California (Kit Wertz and Casey Schwartz) CONGRATULATIONS!!!
The winners are:Mountain Road Flower Farm of Massachusetts; Morningsong Farmer of Washington (Janelle McCrackin); Lollie Fleur of Washington (Kim Richards); Five Forks Farm of Massachusetts; and Emerald Petals of Oregon (Hilary Holmes) CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Hand-lettered chalk signs announce American Flowers Week at New Seasons Market in Portland
Love the message: Loud and Clear!
Just inside the entrance, this display greets customers of New Seasons’ Arbor Lodge store in Portland.
Thanks to suggestions from my flower farmer friends who sell to two of the Pacific Northwest’s most popular grocery chains, American Flowers Week took center stage in this region’s floral departments at Town & Country Markets and New Seasons Markets.
The chains adopted American Flowers Week as a vehicle to sell and promote locally-grown flowers during the Independence Day holiday week and incorporated our unique American Flowers Week label to alert their consumers about the origin of the flowers on display. In-store signage unique to each chain’s brand and staff members empowered to “own” the message with personality and creativity really paid off.
I hit the road early in the American Flowers Week campaign to see the creativity for myself and the “Buy Local Flowers” message at these stores came through strong and successful. Here are some of the highlights:
Town & Country Markets Inc. is a regional, locally-owned and operated independent grocery company founded in 1957 and based in the Seattle area and participated with American Flowers Week signage and bouquets throughout its six-store chain.
Town & Country on Bainbridge Island’s gorgeous local flowers display for American Flowers Week
Tags appear on Town & Country/Central Market bouquets large and small to alert customers about the origins of each flower.
New Seasons Market is a Portland-based West Coast neighborhood grocery with 18 stores in three states and showcased flower bunches, bouquets and mason jar arrangements from Northwest and California farms.
New Seasons’ floral manager Katie McConahay (right) with flower farmer Bethany Little (second from right) and team members Alaina and Guen (manager) at the Arbor Lodge neighborhood store in Portland.
On Wednesday, June 29th, I headed to Portland bright and early to see the floral design entries for the Oregon Flower Growers Association’s American Flowers Week celebration (more on that cool program later this week).
There, I met up with flower farmer Bethany Little of Charles Little & Co., a Slowflowers.com member and a Certified American Grown farm. I love how they took the initiative to do something special and stimulate floral consumption during the week of July 4th! The idea has inspired me to work on similar efforts across the U.S. and has laid the groundwork for even more grocery promotions in 2017.
Katie McConahay (floral buyer) and Bethany Little of Charles Little & Co.
It was Bethany who called me about six weeks ago and suggested that I develop a bouquet label that flower farmers could use on their grocery and market bouquets. She and her husband Charles Little (past guest of the Slow Flowers Podcast) sparked the idea and also pitched it to Katie McConahay, New Seasons Market floral buyer.
Certified American Grown Red-white-and-blue mason jars on sale for $12.99 at New Seasons. The bouquet featured red and white dahlias and gerberas with blue delhiniums.
We headed over to a nearby New Seasons Market in Portland’s Arbor Lodge neighborhood where buyer Katie and store floral manager Guen Armstrong showed off the signage, product selection and product labeling for American Flowers Week. Katie has a reputation for consistenly supporting Northwest and California flower farms throughout the year. She discussed this philosophy on a past episode of the Slow Flowers Podcast, which you can find here.
A huge variety of Northwest-grown mixed bouquets labeled with “American Flowers Week” at New Seasons Market.
From the hand-lettered chalkboard signage to the adorable mason-jars filled with red-white-and-blue California flowers, to the abundant and lush mixed bouquets from farms like Charles Little & Co., Rain Drop Farms and other NW flower farms, the message was clear: We Love Local. New Seasons also promoted American Flowers Week it is weekly circular and online. Check out these photos of my visit — I was blown away by the way New Seasons highlighted American Flowers Week!