Sunday, March 18, 2018

Back to School...

...but hey, it's not September!
I'm talking about the Beginner Growers' School for flower farming newbies, like me!
As you know, I've been a gardener most of my adult life but home gardening practices are much different then gardening commercially.  Oh yes!
The 2-day event attracted many young (and!) farmers from all over the U.S.  We had a wonderful meet and greet reception and it was fun to put faces to names I'd gotten to know via social media in the last year.  It was especially fun to see which of these tags someone chose to highlight his/her personality.  Of course mine read 'party animal'...haha!  
 A floral demonstration came next and wait 'til you see the finale!
Sue from wowed us with her very unique
design style and choice of materials.  
 Each new bloom variety she introduced brought oohs and aahs from my lips. 
And, she made the process look effortless!
   Isn't that just STUNNING!
Another favorite demonstration was this wrist corsage.
Our second day of school included a roll call of amazing speakers.
These are the pros in the biz who's 'been there' and 'done that',
so they truly speak from experience.

The topics ranged from seed starting to how to market your flowers.

The legalese of starting a business and pricing formulas...

...and, even bug pressure!
All in all, an amazing session.  I filled page after page with (hopefully legible) notes.
The camera came in handy too for those quick changing slides.
A huge THANK-YOU to the ASCFG (Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers),
for putting together such a great how-to program. 
I know it will save me many years of having to 'learn from my mistakes'.

I came home fully recharged and ready to start an amazing new season.
Now...if only the snow would melt!!!


  1. I’m sorry you keep getting socked with snow over there, but at least you had a highly relevant conference to keep you occupied!

  2. Hi Robin, there's still snow in our forecast this coming's crazy! I'm sooo behind on planting out seedlings...oy!

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