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You'll hear from two more speakers at the Slow Flowers Summit 2021!

As we ready for 2021, that means we will soon roll out our rescheduled Slow Flowers Summit -- taking place at the same location and on the same dates next year: June 28-30, 2021. More details will follow in the New Year.

In the meantime, we are excited to announce two additional speakers to our already-fabulous lineup!

Please join us in welcoming:

Abra Lee, Atlanta-based horticulturist, author and speaker, who you can find at

Abra is joining us to present "History of the Black American Florist," an original lecture based on her extensive research while writing a book for Timber Press.

We couldn't be more thrilled with Abra's presence at the Summit, since when we first asked her to be a speaker for 2020, she had a scheduling conflict.

You can read Abra's commentary on plants and popular culture in her IG feed @conquerthesoil. Be prepared to be challenged in your conventional assumptions, while also learning volumes about horticultural history from a refreshing (and sassy) observer!


Max Gill, Berkeley-based floral designer and artist, and owner of Max Gill Design, will join us as a guest designer during our Filoli House takeover.

Max is a good friend of Slow Flowers, having been profiled in Debra's 2012 book, The 50 Mile Bouquet. His botanically-inspired aesthetic will pay homage to the historic cutting gardens and history of Filoli.

After receiving his degree in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley, Max Gill was compelled by more creative pursuits, eventually finding floral design the perfect medium as it seemed to him to draw from all of his greatest passions: gardening, sculpture, painting and art and theater history. Perhaps best known for his work at Chez Panisse where he has done the flowers for over a decade, Max started Max Gill Design in 2005. You can follow Max at @maxgilldesign.


We're so excited to share their expertise, creativity, insights and ideas with you!


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