Eco-Friendly Flowers in the New York Times

"And as in other industries with increasing demand for green products, the floral industry is debating what is environmentally correct. Should flowers be organic — that is, grown without synthetic or toxic pesticides? Or should the emphasis be on fair trade, meaning that the workers who grow and cut them are safe and well paid? Or should consumers favor flowers grown locally, not flown or trucked over long distances? In other words, what,...

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Flower Confidential a February Booksense Notable

The February 2008 Booksense Picks are out from the American Booksellers Association.  This is a sort of national "staff picks" list put together by independent booksellers.  Last year they chose Flower Confidential for the list, and this year the paperback edition is listed again in the "Notables" section. There is really nothing more exciting for me than getting a little love from independent booksellers, so...

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Stirring the Pot

When you record a commentary for NPR, you don’t always know exactly when it will run.  Breaking news can really move things around.  So I didn’t know that my All Things Considered commentary on this nearly-finished Year of Eating Locally was going to run until I started getting pissed-off emails from complete strangers. The commentary is  posted here, and I’ll have more to say on the subject over at...

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The Today Show

Check out this episode of the Today Show, which gives advice about when to splurge and when to save on common household items, based on this article in Money magazine, in which they interviewed me about whether it makes sense to save or splurge on flowers.  What do you think I told them?

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This Week in Dirt

Things are busy around here, but…. I talked to a reporter at the San Jose Mercury News about changes at the San Francisco Flower Mart–follow the link to the story. And here’s a story I wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle about GardenWalk Buffalo and other similar...

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Building an Archive

I’ve been slowly working on getting some of my garden columns and articles online.  It’s a work in progress, but you can check it out here.  I’ll keep adding to it.  In particular, I’ve had many requests from florists who did not read the Valentine’s Day op-ed I wrote for the New York Times about the value of flower shops to society.  (Florists were a little busy on February 14,...

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