Cake Boss, Botany of Desire, and Local Flowers

Wow!  It's been a big week, TV-wise.  Here's what we've got: On TLC's hit show Cake Boss, watch Buddy & co make a cake based on Wicked Plants.  They brought it to me at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden this summer.  You can see the full episode here. Then, check out the PBS documentary of Botany of Desire. I was interviewed for the tulip segment. And it makes me so happy to see this bonus feature devoted...

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Gilding the Lily

Flower Confidential is being published in the UK under a new name and with a new cover.  The British publisher is Portobello Books; I worked with them to add several new sections about English flower farmers and the situation in Kenya, which exports flowers to England.  I interviewed some great flower farmers, including Heather Gorringe at Wiggly Wigglers, Jane Lindsey at Snapdragon, and  the wonderful people at the Real...

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The Teleflora Superbowl Commercial

In case you missed it.  And if for some reason the video below doesn't play, watch it here. Now, here's what's interesting about this. There's an unwritten rule in the flower industry that you don't put down someone else's product to promote your own.  Over the years, the Society of American Florists has sent letters filled with self-righteous indignation to the peddlers of diamonds, teddy bears,...

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Why Shop at Your Local Florist?

Check out my article about local florists on the Flower Shop Network’s website. And by the way, their website makes it pretty easy to find an actual florist to order from–here, for example, is what I get when I search for florists in Santa Cruz, CA.

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Sam’s Club Sells Fair Trade Flowers

It’s very cool to see a large company like Sam’s Club get behind the Fair Trade program.  They’re now offering Fair Trade flowers for sale on their website.  You can read all about Fair Trade flowers here, but the important thing to know is that in addition to labor and environmental standards, a portion of the purchase price goes directly to the workers for a community development project (like a microlending...

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Luxury Flowers

One of the things that comes up a lot when I talk to florists is the idea of a ‘luxury’ flower.  There is such a thing as a high-end, high-quality, bigger, better, bolder, and more fragrant flower.  And those flowers cost more.  Why? Some of them are hard-to-get new varieties for which breeders charge a premium. Some of them take more time and effort to grow. To get a really extraordinary, baseball-sized rose on a...

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Here’s Your Chance to Go to Ecuador

If you’re in the flower industry and have never been to Latin America, or if you’re a flower lover who is quite certain that you will be sick and tired of cold, grey weather by February, listen up.    There’s a tour of Ecuador’s flower industry coming up in February, and it’s worth checking out. I found Ecuador to be heartbreakingly beautiful.   Really, there is something about this country that...

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