The flowers are back in the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show! With the support of the flower growers who make up the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC) and the Hawaiian Islands, the Flower Pavilion stage will present some of the best floral designers from the Bay area and beyond. Great care was taken by the Floral Stage Curator, Debra Prinzing, to present a new and exciting theme each day….and a few special suprises are also in store.
About the Floral Stage Curator Debra Prinzing
Debra Prinzing is a Seattle-based Outdoor Living Expert and the leading advocate for American Grown Flowers. As a writer and lecturer, she specializes in flower farming, floral design, landscapes, interiors, architecture and design. Debra is author of seven books, including Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm (St. Lynn’s Press, 2013).
Her articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune,Country Gardens, Sunset, Better Homes & Gardens, Garden Design, Metropolitan Home, and many other fine publications. She is the Garden Editor for Gray Magazine, a Pacific Northwest design publication, and producer/host of the popular weekly SLOW FLOWERS Podcast with Debra Prinzing, with more than 5,000 downloads since its mid-2013 launch. In 2014, Debra introduced her newest venture, Slowflowers.com, a free, nationwide online guide to florists, shops, studios and flower farms who use American Grown Flowers.
The goal for 2014, is to make sure that the show will be filled to the brim with cascades of gorgeous flowers…..SLOW flowers.
“The slow food movement (with its hundreds of thousands of members and supporters) has changed our relationship
with the foods in our lives. Now the slow flower movement is changing the way we think about cut flowers…”
-Debra Prinzing, Slow Flowers
Seminar Speaker at the 2013 Show
Wednesday, March 19
SAN FRANCISCO STYLE
Join Farmgirl Flowers founder, Christina Stembel, to learn about the local flower movement and why choosing locally-grown flowers matters. It won’t be all talk and no play, however. Christina will share useful tips on how to make an easy hand-tied bouquet perfect for gift-giving or to keep for yourself!
Max Gill will bring his unique point of view to the SF Flower & Garden Show Stage, sharing how he creates the weekly arrangements for legendary Chez Panisse in Berkeley, the pioneering farm-to-table restaurant founded by Alice Waters more than 40 years ago. Learn how he creates artistic and awe-inspiring arrangements using a seasonal and local palette of wild, foraged and farmed ingredients.
Natasha Lisitsa, owner of Waterlily Pond Floral Design Studio, is the designer of the aerial floral installation here at the Show as well as a second aerial masterpiece currently floating overhead in Wilsey Court at Bouquets to Arts in the de Young Museum. Hear from this innovative floral artist, widely recognized for her larger-than-life floral artworks, vivacious design style and innovative use of materials. Natasha demonstrates her modern architectural arrangements and floral sculptures, focusing on her signature techniques that combine organic and unconventional elements with exotic and seasonal flowers. Autographed copies of her book Exuberant Floral Art, are available for purchase after the demonstration. *Note this lecture will be repeated on Saturday, March 22 at 11:45 a.m.
The Studio Choo founders and designers, Jill Rizzo and Alethea Harampolis, will share their carefree design philosophy as seen in their first title, The Flower Recipe Book. Follow along as they recreate some of their favorite arrangements inspired by Spring’s delicate blooms, leaves and branches. Autographed copies ofThe Flower Recipe Book are available for purchase after the demonstration.
4:45 PM Creating Flowers for Your Own Wedding
by Robert Gordon, AIFD, Gordon Floral Design Studio
Easy to make but dramatic bouquets for the bride or her attendants suitable for theme weddings, destination weddings and sacred settings. Join Bob Gordon of the Floral Design Studio in San Luis Obispo as he walks you through the steps and tips that you need to know to create gorgeous flowers for your own wedding with blooms available at your local markets.
Bob will be conducting a “hands-on” workshop on Thursday morning (for an extra materials fee) where you can get one-on-one help and inspiration from Bob to make your wedding flowers as gorgeous as if you had hired the best florist in town!
Thursday , March 20
MEET THE FLOWER FARMER
WITH J SCHWANKE AND “The California Grown Experience”
Today’s four workshops showcase California-grown flowers, the farmers who grow them and the best ideas for incorporating these blooms into your own arrangements. We’re honored to have J Schwanke of uBloom.com and the producer and host of the popular web-TV series, “The California Grown Experience.” With 30 episodes covering all aspects of the California cut flower industry, the popular series has been downloaded more than 500,000 times. Autographed copies of Fun with Flowers and J are available for purchase after the demonstration. Here’s what you’ll discover at the “Meet the Flower Farmer” presentations with J Schwanke.
J Schwanke is CEO of uBloom.com, host of “Fun with Flowers and J”, the first web-based TV show about flower arranging, and author of the new book, Fun with Flowers. He is a fourth-generation florist and flower expert. J is a member of the American Academy of Floriculture, the American Institute of Flower Designers, a Certified Flower Designer, a member of Professional Flower Communicators International, a recipient of the Flower Industry Living Legend Award and the Lifetime Achievement in Flower Communication.
10:30 AM Carnations, Roses, Gerberas, Lisianthus & Gardenias
Meet the Kitayama Brothers, a family that has been growing and shipping cut flowers from Watsonville, California, since 1948. The Kitayamas have a unique family tradition and heritage. At one time, KB Farms was the nation’s largest carnation grower and rose grower. Today, the family business continues to develop unique cut flowers that are in demand all across the U.S. J Schwanke will feature many of KB Farms’ specialty flower crops in his presentation and demonstration. Learn how to use these flowers—all crowd favorites—in your own DIY arrangements.
11:45 AM The Prettiest Roses on the Planet
Meet Eufloria Roses of Nipomo, California, where roses are grown using hydroponics to supply the floral industry and countless farmers’ markets throughout the state. These “boutique” blooms include countless varieties of hybrid tea roses and spray roses. Eufloria Roses have been enjoyed by millions of people over recent years, including at the Kentucky Derby, The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, political inaugurations, celebrity special events, TV documentaries, movies and more. J Schwanke will feature these lovely California-grown roses as he demonstrates how to create a hand-tied bouquet and a dazzling centerpiece.
1:00 PM America’s Largest Flower Farm
Sun Valley, with farms in Oxnard, Arcata and Willow Creek, California, has perfected tulip production—supplying tulips year ’round. This innovative flower farm is a leader in American-grown lilies, ornamental kale, ilex and other floral ingredients with specific climate requirements. Flowers happen every day at Sun Valley—and J Schwanke will demonstrate design techniques using fresh-cut tulips and many other flowers—straight from the farm.
2:15 PM Mountains of Flowers – Resendiz Brothers’ Protea from San Diego County
The unique microclimate in Fallbrook, California, allows flower farmer Mel Resendiz to grow beautiful Protea and other South African and Australian/New Zealand exotic blooms. Learn about these amazing flowers from J Schwanke—and get design tips for creating dramatic, long-lasting arrangements.
3:30 PM Entertaining with Flowers
by Robert Gordon, AIFD, Gordon Floral Design Studio
Simple to construct centerpieces and favors featuring the “how to” to give you the confidence to do it yourself using U.S. grown flowers. Appeal to the senses of fragrance and color. Have fun as Bob demonstrates how to pull it all together to impress your friends and add festive color and fragrance to every event at your home.
Friday, March 21
This simple-to-make succulent container garden is a living rainbow of plants. As she gives tips on design and plant selection, Debra combines an assortment of readily available and colorful succulents in a wide, shallow, terracotta container. The resulting rainbow of rosette echeverias, fleshy-leaved sedums and more—in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple—makes an unusual, colorful and creative patio enhancement or garden-pal gift.
We’d like to play around with fresh ideas for using succulents in wedding florals: pairing succulents with blooming branches, seeking out unusual varieties (including vining succulents and other shapes and forms besides the rosette); incorporating feathers, stones and other natural textures into garden-style, succulent-based arrangements. The creative ideas are countless and you’ll find new inspiration for using succulents for weddings and other floral occasions.
Follow Baylor’s step-by-step design approach to creating centerpieces with living plants. Her presentation, based on The Plant Recipe Book, will use single plants three ways—moving from super simple to more complex designs. You’ll go home inspired to turn your ordinary plants and household bowls into lush long-lasting arrangements. The design ideas are inspired by more than 100 projects featured in Baylor’s hot new publication The Plant Recipe Book—and SF Flower & Garden Show audiences will be the first to see them. Autographed copies of The Plant Recipe Book are available for purchase after the demonstration. *Note this lecture will be repeated on Saturday, March 22 at 10:30 a.m.
Succulents are interesting, versatile and colorful. They’re found in a variety of patterns, sizes and shapes, making them fabulous to use in the garden and for designing. Nell will show audience members how to maintain and propagate succulents along with a variety of beautiful succulent creations, including wreaths. See how well succulents combine with other botanical elements and other projects from Nell’s online videos and her popular DIY website www.joyusgarden.com.
4:45 PM OUTRAGEOUS!!!!
by Robert Gordon, AIFD, Gordon Floral Design Studio
How far will they go???
Over the top outrageously beautiful designs for entertaining presented by Greg Lum AIFD, Bob Gordon AIFD and Grif Young
Follow Baylor’s step-by-step design approach to creating centerpieces with living plants. Her presentation, based on The Plant Recipe Book, will use single plants three ways—moving from super simple to more complex designs. You’ll go home inspired to turn your ordinary plants and household bowls into lush long-lasting arrangements. The design ideas are inspired by more than 100 projects featured in Baylor’s hot new publication The Plant Recipe Book—and SF Flower & Garden Show audiences will be the first to see them. Autographed copies of The Plant Recipe Book are available for purchase after the demonstration. *Note this lecture is also offered on Friday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m.
Natasha Lisitsa, owner of Waterlily Pond Floral Design Studio, is the designer of the aerial floral installation greeting visitors at the entrance to the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show. Hear from this innovative floral artist, widely recognized for her larger-than-life floral artworks, vivacious design style and innovative use of materials. Natasha demonstrates her modern architectural arrangements and floral sculptures, focusing on her signature techniques that combine organic and unconventional elements with exotic and seasonal flowers. Autographed copies of her book Exuberant Floral Art, are available for purchase after the demonstration. *Note this lecture will be repeated on Saturday, March 22 at 11:45 a.m.
Botanical shoes, purses, headpieces and jewelry are fun to make and wear. We’ll talk about which materials to use to create these unique and elegant designs. Each is a striking addition to fashion shows and weddings.
Lana Chernyavsky will share her creativity and skill impressing you with state-of-the-art bridal bouquets with an international style that is much more impressive than casual hand ties. Lana’s love of shapes, lines, circles and spheres give her floral art a sense of Infinity and timelessness. She is always looking for impeccable colors and shades in her designs. This demonstration focuses on bouquets made from both floral and non-floral materials, presenting Lana’s vision of the modern floral design that combines together the beauty of natural and non-floral materials.
Lana has many floral designs and patterns published in “International Designer of the Year 2013,& 2012”, “Floral Design” magazine, “Flowers&”, and the Annual Book of the BEST Floral designers of World “International Art 12-13”. Lana is an author of “More than Glamelia” book.
Sunday, March 23
D.I.Y. bouquet designs
Is this you? Bring flowers home from the supermarket. Unwrap and plunk . . .
In this 101 Basics-style demonstration, Maryann Nardo will share her secrets for making store-bought floral bunches look better, more composed, yet natural. She will discuss where supermarket bouquets come from and the local vs. imports sourcing question. Learn how to incorporate botanicals and plants from the garden; choose the best container; design composition tips; and how to care for your arrangement.
Learn how to see your surroundings in a new light and how to create fabulous arrangements using the bounty of Mother Nature, such as bark and branches, succulents and mosses, seedpods and small edibles. Françoise will explain a few important techniques for creating these detailed designs.
Join Stefani Bittner, co-owner of Star Apple Edible + Fine Gardening and co-author of The Beautiful Edible Garden for a hands-on demonstration on how to include edible flowers, herbs and cuttings from your vegetable garden. Make home-grown bouquets using an array of surprisingly delicious—and beautiful—edibles from your own kitchen garden, veggie patch or orchard.
Sharing her environmentally-conscious approach to creating beautiful floral arrangements, Pilar Zuniga demonstrates that you do not need to use toxic or chemically-based materials such as floral foam. She will discuss green alternatives for stabilizing stems in a bouquet or vase—and show some affordable methods that you can replicate at home. Pilar will also discuss sustainable options for vessels and vases, as well as seasonal and local ways to source your flowers.