Bloom Poster 800pxReady for spring? Well yes. We are all ready for spring. Celebrate the budding season with a full day of floral workshops hosted by me and the members of the Ethical Writers Coalition at Mode Marteau. We're teaming up with slowflowers.com to bring you Bloom: A Sustainable Workshop! Learn to make your own fresh flower crown, create a perfect bouquet, or DIY a reclaimed vase. Join one (or all!) of these intimate classes for a hands-on and creative experience in sustainability, and (of course) lovely local flowers. Tickets sales end March 25th and space is limited, so get your ticket now

The Workshops

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Flower Crowns by Xristina from La Vie Rosie

11 am to 1pm, $60 La Vie Rosie creates handcrafted, one of a kind wreaths, crowns, centerpieces, hanging pieces and anything else one can dream up. Fresh living plants are incorporated into her designs so that they continue to root and grow over time, and fresh herbs are delicately woven into dry beautifully and be used for spicing and aromatherapy. La Vie Rosie strives to use as many sustainable materials as possible so that her designs can live on! Participants in her workshop will create a fresh flower and herb crown to wear that day and then learn how to dry and reuse it for a second life!

wallflowersReclaimed Planter by Stella and Miriam of The Garden Apartment

1:30 pm to 3:30pm, $35 The Garden Apartment is a collaboration between the Aussie-Swiss design duo Miriam Josi and Stella Lee Prowse. Based in New York and Paris, they make flat-packed planters from reclaimed sails. In their interactive design workshop, you'll learn about reclaimed materials and minimal construction, and create a self-constructed vessel ready to hold local flowers!

141006taprootflowers043Local Flowers 101: Growing & Arranging by Rachel of Taproot Flowers and Molly and Deborah from Molly Oliver Flowers

4 pm to 6pm, $65 Molly Oliver Flowers is a sustainable floral design business run by urban farmers Molly Culver of the Youth Farm and Deborah Greig of East New York Farms, creating authentically beautiful flower arrangements featuring locally-grown, seasonal blooms to Brooklyn and beyond. Taproot's floral design classes are taught by Rachel Gordon. The owner of Taproot, Rachel thinks that farmers are awesome and local flowers are prettier than imported ones. Their flowers are all grown within 200 miles of their Crown Heights, Brooklyn workshop. She was trained by some of the finest florists in the US and England. Learn flower arranging tips and tricks from these experts, the importance of sustainable flowers, and how to best care for your arrangement. Get tickets to one, two, or all of these events.

About Our Partners and Hosts

Slow Flowers is an online directory to help you find florists, studio designers, wedding and event planners, supermarket flower departments and flower farmers who are committed to using American grown flowers. This site is the creation of Debra Prinzing, a writer, speaker, outdoor living expert and advocate for American flower farming. She is the author of Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm (St. Lynn's Press, 2013) and The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers (St. Lynn's Press 2013) and The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers (St. Lynn's Press 2012). Mode Marteau, who has generously lent us the workshop space, is a New York based vintage inspiration studio specializing in unique designer and ethnic jewelry and garments that transcend time and space. The Ethical Writers Coalition (of which I'm a founder) is a group of journalists, writers, and bloggers who seek to support and further ethical and sustainable living online and in print. With members across North America, we support, share information with, give advice to, and collaborate on projects with each other and with brands and companies who share our vision in the fields of fashion, beauty, lifestyle, wellness, food, home, and music. We recognize that ethical and sustainable living is a journey, not a destination, and believe in collaboration, community, and making conscious choices.