What is the Slow Flowers Summit?
Called a "TED Talk for Flower Lovers," the SUMMIT is a conference and lecture series for creative professionals, thought leaders and pioneering voices in the progressive American-grown floral community. Designed to stimulate curiosity, examine conventional assumptions and explore conscious and ethical practices in the floral industry, the Summit agenda asks speakers and audience members alike to inquire, inform, include, instigate and inspire.
In 2017, Debra Prinzing hosted the inaugural Slow Flowers SUMMIT in Seattle, Washington, as a new "live" component to support and promote the American Flowers Week campaign (June 28-July 4).
On June 29, 2018, the Slow Flowers SUMMIT co-located with the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) Symposium in Washington, D.C.
On July 1 & 2, 2019, the Slow Flowers SUMMIT came to St. Paul, Minnesota. Our co-host was the Twin Cities Flower Exchange.
Debra Prinzing is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and leading advocate for American Grown Flowers. Through her many Slow Flowers-branded projects, she has convened a national conversation that stimulates consumers and professionals alike to make conscious choices about their floral purchases.
Debra is the producer of SlowFlowers.com, the online directory to American grown farms, florists, shops and studios who supply domestic and local flowers. Each Wednesday, approximately 2,500 listeners tune into Debra's "Slow Flowers Podcast," available for free downloads from her web site, debraprinzing.com, or on iTunes and via other podcast services.
She is the creator of American Flowers Week, launched during the week of July 4th in 2015 with more than 5 million social media impressions in 2017. Debra is a Florists' Review Contributing Editor, which produces the "Slow Flowers Journal" section.
In 2016, the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, a farm-to-florist cooperative, honored Debra with the first Growers Choice Award for her "outstanding contributions to revitalizing the local floral community." She is a 2016 inductee to the Garden Writers Association Hall of Fame and the author of 10 books, including Slow Flowers and The 50 Mile Bouquet.
In 2018, the American Horticultural Society presented Debra with the Frances Jones Poetker Award for significant contributions to Floral Design in publications, on the platform, and to the public, part of the 2018 Great American Gardeners Award.