SLOW FLOWERS SUMMIT PARTNERS WITH STONE BARNS CENTER FOR FOOD & AGRICULTURE FOR 2022 CONFERENCE
Slow Flowers Society brings its fifth annual gathering to Lower Hudson Valley for three days of design inspiration, creative floral installations, and conversations about sustainable agriculture on June 26-28, 2022
SEATTLE, WA (December 1, 2022) -- Debra Prinzing, founder and creative director of Slow Flowers LLC, announced the program details, venue partners and speaker lineup for the fifth SLOW FLOWERS SUMMIT, coinciding with the eighth anniversary of American Flowers Week.
"We are thrilled to present this dynamic, inclusive and interactive event to nurture conversations about sustainable flower farming and floral design in the marketplace," says Prinzing, producer of the Summit and founder of the Slow Flowers Movement. "The Summit invites flower lovers, artists, gardeners, growers, wholesalers and retailers to come together in this event that highlights domestic flower farming and responsible design practices." Xenia D'Ambrosi, owner of Sweet Earth Co., based in Pound Ridge, New York, will serve as co-host of the Summit.
The Slow Flowers Summit returns to the East Coast -- Sunday, June 26, 2022, through Tuesday, June 28, 2022.
During the Slow Flowers Summit's opening day on Sunday, June 26, 2022, attendees will be hosted by The Red Barn at Maple Grove Farm in nearby Bedford, New York, a private venue owned by local philanthropist George Bianco. As the kickoff venue for the Summit, Maple Grove Farm's iconic red barn will host floral demonstrations, hands-on floral creativity, and the welcome reception.
Above: Stone Barns Center (c) Lori Berkowitz
On Monday, June 27, 2022, and Tuesday, June 28, 2022, the Slow Flowers Summit program will move to Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York, located about 30 miles north of Manhattan. "We couldn't be more excited to enjoy two full days at Stone Barns Center," Prinzing says. "Our guests will have very special access to learn from Stone Barn Center’s farmers , artisans and makers, as well as enjoy seasonal, farm-to-table fare from the kitchen at Blue Hill, the on-site restaurant."
Stone Barns Center's executive director Rick Parnell says the Slow Flowers Summit allows the Center to shine a light on its collaboration with chefs, land stewards, artists, and designers, rooted in an ecological food culture. "The Slow Flowers movement, like the sustainable agriculture movement at large, explores growing practices that support the land, producers and artisans."
Prinzing says she developed the Slow Flowers Summit as an interactive "live" component to the virtual American Flowers Week campaign (June 28-July 4). AFW devotes one week each year to regional events and social media platforms that promote domestic flowers, raise consumer awareness, and unite America's flower farmers with the U.S. floral marketplace.
Top row, from left: Nicole Cordier, Xenia D'Ambrosi and TJ McGrath
Middle row, from left: Philippe Gouze and Shannon Algiere
Bottom row, from left: Ronni Nicole Robinson, Frances Palmer and Debra Prinzing
SPEAKERS: The Slow Flowers Summit's speaker lineup includes prominent floral designers, flower farmers and artists whose craft is inspired by the flowers they grow. They include:
Shannon Algiere, Stone Barns Center Nicole Cordier, Cordier Botanical Art
Xenia D'Ambrosi, Sweet Earth Co. Philippe Gouze, Blue Hill at Stone Barns TJ McGrath, TJ McGrath Design
Frances Palmer, Frances Palmer Pottery Ronnie Nicole Robinson, Ron Nicole Studio
TICKETS: Registration to the 3-day event is $899, including breakfast, lunch, refreshments and an opening day welcome reception. Slow Flowers members may register for $849. There is a $100 discount for tickets purchased by December 31, 2021.
Dinner at Blue Hill (Monday, June 27, 2022) is a separately ticketed event.
More details can be found at Slow Flowers Summit (www.slowflowerssummit.com).
ABOUT: Organizer of the Slow Flowers Summit, Debra Prinzing is the founder and creative director of Slow Flowers Society. Through her many Slow Flowers-branded projects, Prinzing has convened a national conversation that stimulates consumers and professionals alike to make conscious choices about their floral purchases. Prinzing is the producer of Slowflowers.com, the online directory to American-grown farms, florists, shops and studios who supply domestic and local flowers. Each week, approximately 2,500 listeners tune into "Slow Flowers Podcast," available at debraprinzing.com, or on iTunes and other podcast services. Prinzing is the author of 12 books, including Slow Flowers and The 50 Mile Bouquet.
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture is a nonprofit farm and educational center with a mission to catalyze an ecological food culture. Since 2004, Stone Barns Center has been driving innovation in regenerative farming practices and mindful food choices that benefit human health, strengthen communities and protect the environment.
The Red Barn at Maple Grove Farm is a private venue owned by philanthropist George Bianco, based in Bedford, New York. The 28-acre property, which dates to the 18th century, had been in the same family prior to the Bianco family buying and restoring it in 1996.