Susan Mcleary

KEYNOTE | The Creative Journey: Finding Your Artistic Voice, Truth and Expression

30-minute keynote, 30-minute design demo, Q&A

Sue keeps her creative imagination alive by continually pursuing new work, new techniques and new ideas. She will kick off the Slow Flowers Summit with a new, original, highly personal presentation sharing and encouraging you with her approach to nurturing and sustaining a creative life.

Followed by a signing for Sue's first book, The Art of Wearable Flowers

Kellee Matsushita-Tseng, Molly Culver and Emily Saeger


Led by Kellee Matsushita-Tseng, a panel of farmer-florists will share how their roots in sustainable agriculture has shaped their design aesthetic. Hear each presenter's personal journey through farming to floral design, and enjoy visual inspiration as each demonstrates a signature arrangement using all locally-grown seasonal flowers.

Panelists include:
Kellee Matsushita-Tseng,
Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
Molly Culver, Molly Oliver Flowers

Emily Saeger, Filoli 

Lorene Edwards Forkner


Since early 2018, Lorene has been plucking a plant and capturing its colors in simple watercolor gestures, which she then posts to her Instagram account @gardenercook. The project, which began as a daily meditative practice has grown into a lively community of people learning to slow down and make time to really see.

Lorene will share a visually-inspiring presentation on being an intentional observer of nature's pigments. She will share a brief primer on color mixing. Then using watercolors and working from fresh botanicals found at Filoli's extensive gardens, participants will explore hidden hues and details. No previous experience is necessary—this isn’t botanical illustration so much as an exercise in concentration and seeing with fresh eyes.

Pilar Zuniga


Since launching Gorgeous and Green as an event floral business and later a Berkeley retail floral and gift store, Pilar Zuniga has built an enduring brand around sustainable design. Today, through her design studio, Pilar uses her platform to advocate for beautiful sustainability, including chemical-free design techniques and mechanics. Learn how her personal values have shaped Gorgeous and Green's brand and mission in the marketplace.


Pilar's illustrated presentation will be followed by a demonstration of her signature floral style using all-local botanical elements.

Jennifer Jewell

CAPSTONE | Earth in Her Hands: The Power of Women Working in the World of Plants

Based on her book, The Earth in Hands: 75 Remarkable Women Working in the World of Plants, Jewell explores how women specifically around the world are re-imagining horticulture through innovative horticultural and cultural endeavors—making the many branches of horticulture more creative and viable career paths for a wider diversity of people. They and their work profoundly and positively impact the larger world: environmentally, culturally, economically—making them inspiring role models for all. Jewell will share how many of the women she profiles creatively navigate the challenging ideal of work-life balance. The main lesson? Balance is not a destination but an ongoing and highly dynamic process in which women face common challenges and embrace coping mechanisms and solutions through their careers.

Followed by signing of Jennifer's book, Earth in Her Hands

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