Author Interview: Jamie Beck
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by Laura Davis
2M ago
I first started following Jamie Beck on Instagram after discovering her through a mutual flower friend and have been completely obsessed with her work ever since. For those of you not familiar, Jamie Beck is a photographer and visual artist who lives and works in Provence. In 2016, Jamie left her busy life in New York City for a one-year sabbatical in the south of France and never turned back. Jamie’s work has the ability to transport you into another world. It’s like falling down the most beautiful rabbit hole, getting lost in an entirely different time. In addition to sharing her beautiful w ..read more
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Meet the 2023 Floret Scholarship Winners
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by Laura Davis
3M ago
This past week our team has been carefully reading all of the essays submitted as part of our Floret Scholarship application process. It was such an honor to hear from so many wonderful people who are ready to follow their dreams and fill their lives, and the lives of others, with flowers. We received applications from 81 different countries around the world! Initially, we had planned on offering 20 full scholarships, however, after some very generous donors came forward, we were able to increase the number of scholarships to 23—our most ever!  A huge thank you to everyone who took the ti ..read more
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The {Farmer} & The Florist Interview: Milli Proust
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by Laura Davis
7M ago
I first connected with Milli Proust on Instagram years ago and we’ve stayed in touch ever since. I always look forward to her beautifully written posts and especially her weekly ‘Windowsill Wednesday’ series where she highlights a seasonal arrangement featuring flowers from her darling cutting garden.  Milli’s first book, From Seed to Bloom: A Year of Growing and Designing with Seasonal Flowers will be released here in the States on June 21. I was so excited when she sent me an advanced copy to review! I invited Milli to share more about her book, her approach to seasonal floral design, a ..read more
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The {Farmer} & The Florist Interview: Claus Dalby
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by Laura Davis
10M ago
I am so excited to share my latest interview with Claus Dalby (you can read my very first interview with him here). Claus is described as “Scandinavia’s Martha Stewart,” and his books and television show appearances have made him a household name. Claus has been a constant source of inspiration for me and I always love seeing what he’s up to next.  His newest book, Containers in the Garden, is filled with creative ideas for small garden spaces. It is one of the best I’ve seen on container gardening and is packed with stunning displays of texture and color. If you’re pressed for garden spa ..read more
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Dahlia Breeding Update
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by Laura Davis
11M ago
When I started growing dahlias I had no idea that you could grow them from seed. It was actually a good 10 years into my journey with them that I learned that there was a difference between growing dahlias from tubers or cuttings, which is how you clone a variety, and growing them from seed, which is how you create or breed a brand new variety. Once I dipped a toe into growing dahlias from seed (i.e. breeding), I got completely swept up in the process and it has since become a huge part of my life. It’s funny how my little side weekend projects inevitably become the next big thing we’re workin ..read more
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The {Farmer} & the Florist Interview: Felicia Alvarez
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by Laura Davis
1y ago
I first met Felicia when she came out to our farm for one of our in-person workshops. She was already a very experienced farmer but was looking to expand the flower portion of her business and I remember how much wisdom and encouragement she offered students whenever she shared.  Felicia is a powerhouse and such an inspiration to everyone who knows her. Over the years we’ve become good friends and always call each other whenever we’re taking on a new project to compare notes, ask questions, and share advice. I have learned so much from her and I’m excited to share more about her story, he ..read more
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A Rose Story Part 1: How I Came to Roses
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by Laura Davis
1y ago
This summer I had the most amazing opportunity to reconnect with Anne Belovich, a well-known and beloved rosarian who left her mark on so many. Anne lived a long and beautiful life and sadly passed away shortly after turning 97 this past fall. I am so thankful to have gotten a chance to know her and am so inspired by how fully and generously she lived her life.  This story is a long one, so we decided to break it up into four parts. The first part is about how I came to know Anne and the creation of our rose garden. The second part is about how we’re helping to preserve her extraordinary ..read more
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A Rose Story Part 2: Propagating Old Roses
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by Laura Davis
1y ago
One of my favorite things about old roses, in addition to their wild habit, their beautiful fragrance, and old-fashioned appearance is how easily many of them can be propagated through cuttings and grown on their own roots. Own-root roses, while they are harder to find, are heartier, healthier, and have a longer life. When you order them from specialty nurseries they are shipped in pots versus bare root like these pictured below. The nice thing about old rose varieties is that they are no longer protected by plant patents and can be propagated legally.  Many modern roses like hybrid teas ..read more
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A Rose Story Part 3: Floret’s Rose Collection
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by Laura Davis
1y ago
Ever since meeting Anne all those years ago, I’ve longed to create my own version of her magical garden and plant as many roses as I could get my hands on. But with every inch of our small farm devoted to annual cut flower production, I could only ever sneak roses in around the edges. I had ramblers and climbers scrambling up and over my little flower studio and a few dozen heirloom treasures tucked up against the fence and on my back porch but that’s all that I could manage to squeeze in without impacting cut flower production. The day we signed papers for the new farm all I could think ..read more
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A Rose Story Part 4: An interview with Anne Belovich
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by Laura Davis
1y ago
I’m thrilled to be able to share an interview with revered rosarian Anne Belovich (pictured below with her husband Max). This interview took place in August of 2021, just months before Anne passed away at the age of 97.  I am so thankful to have gotten a chance to know her and am so inspired by how fully and generously she lived her life.  Erin: You’ve had a very full career and an even fuller life—first as a botanist, then a teacher, then a sailor, a general contractor, and then a rosarian and a writer. Can you tell me a little bit more about your very diverse life path? Anne: I hav ..read more
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