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The Flower Podcast

Scott Shepherd, Host and Flower Educator

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The Flower Podcast, hosted by Scott Shepherd is for the floral community to discuss flowers, trends, and business topics, including everything from flower farmer to all aspects of floristry. Each week a featured guest will share their knowledge, passion, and love of flowers. Join us for colorful chats with talented creatives, photographers, growers, entrepreneurs, authors, and so much more!! Be sure to subscribe on your listening platform of choice. Learn more at https://www.theflowerpodcast ...
 
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This week we’re excited to share our interview with Monica Michelle, one of the founders and CEO of BloomTV. It was great to learn about how her love of flowers started and how she came up with the idea for creating a streaming service all about flowers. Follow the link below to sign up for the beta program and learn more about all of the great flo…
 
Orchid grower Shawn Shumaker breaks down all the do’s and dont’s to successfully grow orchids inside your home… including the number one tip to get yours to rebloom. Plus -- is the ice cube watering method good or bad, what planting media should you use and what should be done to control pests. If you are looking to expand your collection, Shawn di…
 
We're excited to replay one of the most popular episodes from Season 2 this week! Shane Connolly, Owner of Shane Connolly and Company, chats with Scott Shepherd this week on The Flower Podcast. He discusses the wedding he designed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, his love for the meaning of flowers, and his passion for creating foam free desi…
 
This week we’re talking about the relationship between flower farmers and floral wholesalers with Gretel and Steve Adams owners of Sunny Meadows Flower Farm. I’m glad we were able to continue the conversation from last week. I hope you find our conversation helpful as you market the flowers you grow. Also, if you missed our episode last week it’s d…
 
Listener Q&A episode. Topics include: New growth on cactus – should it be removed, and if so…how? Hydrangeas – when to cut and how Lemons – why are they cracking? Musa basjoo – recommendations for transitioning into fall/winter Maple tree – recommendations to improve growing conditions To ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Ins…
 
In this episode, I discuss November garden To-Do tasks. There is actually quite a lot as we transition fully into the colder and wetter months of the year. Continue clean up – pull out dead plants; remove lead, vegetable and fruit debris Plant bulbs – chill tulips or buy Darwin varieties Divide grasses, agapanthus, etc Plant vegetables: Fava beans,…
 
Our guest this week are first generation flower farmers dedicated to producing sustainabl and domestically grown fresh cut flowers. Gretel and Steve Adams share their passion for farming and helping others fulfill their dreams of building a successful flower farm. We are chatting tunnels, specialty crops, staffing, multiple outlets, consumer awaren…
 
My guest this week has created stunning events in the US and around the world. Alicia Rico of Bows and Arrows Flowers is dedicated to the creation and communication of beauty via the art of floral and event design. They’ve been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Harpers Bazaar and Magnolia Journal, and many more publications. Their floral designs…
 
Want to grow your succulents to perfection? Want to venture into growing more difficult ones? Or how about just not wanting to kill them? Then this episode is for you. Gianluca Bacci -- expert succulent grower -- joins me to discuss soils, watering, Lithops, Welwitschia and more. Gianluca can be followed at: Instagram: @marinsect_gianluca To ask qu…
 
Want to grow your succulents to perfection? Want to venture into growing more difficult ones? Or how about just not wanting to kill them? Then this episode is for you. Gianluca Bacci -- expert succulent grower -- joins me to discuss soils, watering, Lithops, Welwitschia and more. Gianluca can be followed at: Instagram: @marinsect_gianluca To ask qu…
 
This week, it’s time for a little Biology lesson. Do you ever wonder how a new plant variety comes to be? Well, it’s a pretty good possibility that some of these plants come from the lab and greenhouses at Garden Genetics. That’s right. Today we are discussing the genetics of plants and beautiful flowers. My guest received his Bachelor’s in Biology…
 
Dr. Cassandra Quave is a botanist extraordinaire. I was fortunate to chat about her early life, career path, and her new book “The Plant Hunter: A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines.” Book Description: In The Plant Hunter, Dr. Quave weaves together science, botany, and memoir to tell us the extraordinary story of her own journey. Traveli…
 
My guest this week brings the experience of specialty cut flower growing & fine floral design together with a motto to grow the kind of flowers that could literally stop people in their tracks. After a few Kentucky bourbon toasts on a porch one summer evening between friends was the beginning of this idea to grow the best. That was the beginning of…
 
Our guest this week is Jenn Sanchez located in Oxnard, California producing work from her home studio as well as taking jobs on the road to destination events, photoshoots, and workshops across the country and around the world. Drawn to curious flowers and foliages, she sources from an array of unexpected places to achieve her imagined designs. Far…
 
In this episode, I discuss October garden To-Do tasks. There is a big variety with a lot on the list, including: Continue clean up – pull out dead plants; remove lead, vegetable and fruit debris Use soil sulfur to drop pH Prune non-frost sensitive plants Cover succulents if chance of rain Add beneficial nematodes Plant perennials Buy bulbs…chill tu…
 
My guest this week is Phil Rulloda, widely acclaimed leading floral designer, educator, and commentators with AIFD, AAF, and PFCI certifications. He has been a featured speaker and designer for the floral industry all over the world. His record of first place wins in national and international floral design competitions is unmatched by his peers. A…
 
The backbone of any organic garden are hard working beneficial/parasitic insects. I talk with founder of ARBICO-Organics, Sheri Herrera de Frey, about which ones are a must for gardeners to incorporate. We discuss controls for whiteflies, Japanese and cucumber beetles, gnats, borers and so many more. Plus -- learn why releasing beneficial nematodes…
 
Our guest this week is Bethany and Charles Little of Charles Little and Company. Charles began farming his 35 acres in 1986 and Bethany became the Co-owner in 1998. Their farm is located in Eugene, Oregon. It was great to chat about how the business started by growing and supply naturally dried flowers to florists all over the US. This week we chat…
 
Listener Q&A episode. Topics include: Propagating a String of Pearls Basil infested with caterpillars Mandarin bush – will it produce late in the season Azalea – how to care for Overwintering eggplants & peppers – when to prepare Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow – best time of year & method to transplant To ask questions for future shows, submit them at…
 
In 2017, Kristen Alpaugh stepped away from the corporate world to pursue her passion as an artist. Inspired by the impermanent beauty of flowers, Kristen's colorful and boundary-bending work is redefining the space where floristry and botanical art meet. You've probably seen Kristen's work on Season 1 of HBO's Full Bloom, on multiple celebrity inst…
 
Avocados, blueberries and Hydrangeas - 3 plants I get a lot of questions about. In some parts of the world they grow like weeds, but in many locations they can be tricky. I talk to Bruce Ritter -- co-founder of the Sacramento Botanical Garden -- about growing these, as well as how the plan to build a world class garden in Sacramento is going. To as…
 
In this episode, I discuss September garden To-Do tasks. There is a big variety with a lot on the list, including: Clean up – remove certain vegetables. There are certain ones to leave (peppers, eggplants, etc) as cool temperatures can help them. Plant Fall/Winter vegetables, including brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, cabbage, kales,…
 
Today’s guest this week is no stranger to the cut flower industry! Dave Dowling began flower farming in Maryland 20 years with field, high tunnel, and greenhouse production, producing flowers year round. Dave closed his flower business and began working for Ednie Flower Bulb in 2014, which then became a division of Gloeckner in 2016, and now works …
 
What does it take to grow healthy CBD with organic regenerative practices? I talk to founder of Sunset Lake CBD, Sam Bellavance and farmer/grower Caitlin Silber to hear about how they produce the most beautiful plants in Vermont. We discuss how they feed the soil, prevent most pest and disease problems and what they use to treat powdery mildew. Plu…
 
A plant out of place… this is a universal definition of a weed. Weeds are many gardeners' biggest nemesis. If left unchecked they can cause numerous issues in a garden. I breakdown how weeds get to your garden, how to control them and the single most important task to prevent an inundation.By Marlene Simon
 
Grab bag listener Q&A episode – fruit tree pruning, orchids, hibiscus…..topics include: Old wood chippings – what can I use for? Orchids – how to treat ant infestation Hibiscus – part is green, part is brown….diagnosis? Spotted spurge – how to mitigate this weed Peach tree – how to prune to prevent branch breakage To ask questions for future shows,…
 
The dog days of summer are upon us, and heat and smoke from wildfires is everyday life. In this episode, I discuss this as well as all August to-do tasks, which compared to other months are not as daunting. These include your fall vegetable planning/prep, summer fruit tree pruning, and some beginning thoughts on water issues. To ask questions for f…
 
Our guest this week is Amy Marella, owner of The Hidden Garden in LA, California. She started her business in 1999 and this week she shares her story about starting her business and grown it to what it is today. We talk about hiring the right people to support the business, growing several revenue streams, the importance of networking, flower guara…
 
This week on The Flower Podcast, we’re chatting with Sarah Daken and Tom Precht, Founders of Grateful Gardeners. Disenchanted with their corporate careers, Sarah and Tom desired to go back to the basics and to be stewards of the environment and have committed themselves to farming beautiful flowers through sustainable practices. Learn more about Sa…
 
Doing a bit of summer fruit tree care can go a long way for a plentiful, healthy crop the following year. I talk to Don Shor, owner of Redwood Barn nursery, about the benefits of summer pruning, what you should be fertilizing with, summer pests, how to tell if you watering enough and many more helpful tips. Don and Redwood Barn can be found at: Web…
 
Grab bag listener Q&A episode – tree issues and recommendations, vegetables, pests…. Jade – why is it turning red Thrips – how to mitigate Cucumbers – why very pale in color Limbs dropping on a tree that seems healthy Maple tree – roots are starting to show at the base….should they be covered with soil To ask questions for future shows, submit them…
 
With over thirty years of experience in the retail floral market and floral education field and now utilizing his experience to provide education and instructional design programs, Jackie Lacey, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, CFD discusses the benefits of becoming certified through AIFD and floral education, the state of the floral industry and adapting your bus…
 
We’re excited to share our interview with Pamela and Frank Arnosky. They bought their farm in 1989 and began growing cut flowers in 1993 in the Texas Hill Country. They have been sharing their story and experience with flower farmers for almost 30 years. We discuss why it’s so important to practice good post harvest methods, growing flowers year ro…
 
Sonya Harris is a lifetime educator. Working with kids with special needs she became aware of the importance of alternative learning and began her journey creating a school garden. Sonya’s energy and dedication quickly morphed into a bigger mission -- eventually leading to the nonprofit Bullock Garden Project. The mission of the organization is sta…
 
How to find your style! Our guest this week is Jean-Pascal Lemire and he founded his floral company in the fall of 2010 in Montreal, CA. He was recognized for his talent and breathtaking designs. In 2017 he moved to Southern California and started Jean-Pascal Florist, where he now creates beautiful designs for the upscale Los Angeles area. I was ex…
 
Summer is in full swing, and oppressive heat is dominating the western US. Even with that, believe it or not this is the time of year I start thinking about my plan for winter vegetables. In this episode, I discuss this as well as all other July garden to-do tasks including…vegetables to plant, summer fruit tree pruning, pruning hydrangeas, and lav…
 
Scott Shepherd celebrates our Third Anniversary with The Flower Podcast. Finding ways to educate, encourage, and inspire the floral community is still the driving desire of Scott. As Season 7 starts, we hope to find new ways to connect with our listening audience and help you grow your business. This week Scott shares a little about how the podcast…
 
Grab bag listener Q&A episode – vegetables, flowers, trees, pests…. Butternut squash identification Japanese Maple – what are the white spots on leaves? Hydrangea -- flowers dying prematurely Lavender – why are leaves turning yellow? Tomatoes – what are the small, red insects and webbing? Magnolia tree – limbs have been dying for a few years. Anyth…
 
In celebration of American Flowers Week, we’re replaying our episode from last year with Martha Lojewski, manager with the Alaska Peony Cooperative. Peony season is beginning this week with tens of thousands of stems being harvested over the course of the next month and a half. I can’t wait to dive into my chat with Martha Lojewski. This remote par…
 
Soils are key to a healthy garden, but it can be a bit confusing when knowing what to buy or add. Jim McKinley of EB Stone Organics joins me to discuss ways to improve your soil health. Is compost always a good thing? What is a soilless media? What is better… chicken or steer manure and many more questions/topics are discussed. Website: org Faceboo…
 
We’re chatting with Canaan Marshall this week on The Flower Podcast! Canaan has been featured in Southern Living, Modern Luxury, and Flower Magazine, and today he shares how he began his floral journey and his latest adventure on HBO Max’s new season of Full Bloom. Learn more about Canaan and all of our past guests at TheFlowerPodcast.com. Never mi…
 
Recently, Scott had the opportunity to participate in a conversation with Hitomi Gilliam, AIFD, for her Patreon Group. Hitomi has been featured on The Flower Podcast twice so this isn’t a chat about her floral journey, but it is great dialogue between Scott and Hitomi discussing numerous topics relevant to the floral industry. it was great having H…
 
The summer heat is here – or it’s at least starting. With that, vegetables are in full swing – as are an assortment of pests. I discuss these as well as all other June garden to-do tasks To find Marlene on social media or ask questions for future shows, submit them at: Facebook Instagram YouTube email Marlene at marlenetheplantlady@gmail.com…
 
What started out as a passing interest for Natasha McCrary’s son has turned into a full fledged farm with the primary mission of promoting and saving baby doll sheep. As the years progressed, the farm has now become a source of cut flowers, essential oil products, farm events and more. I talk to Natasha about how she goes about growing cut flowers …
 
I am loving Clubhouse and the great conversations with floral professionals and flower farmers. This week on The Flower Podcast, this episode is a recording of my Clubhouse chat with Sarah Daken and Tom Precht, Founders of Grateful Gardeners. Disenchanted with their coorporate careers, Sarah and Tom desired to go back to the basics and to be stewar…
 
Gardening is a continuous journey of learning, experimenting and cultivating. It doesn’t matter how long you have been gardening or how big your garden is, we can all learn from anyone who has put a trowel in the ground. In this episode I talk to photographer David Art about his journey into gardening. As a youth he watched his grandma garden and g…
 
We’re excited to replay the episode with our guest Sarah and Steve Pabody of Triple Wren Farms. It's great to be able to take some time and interview both Sarah and Steve. With a busy family and flower farm, we're grateful that both of them were able to join this weeks podcast. Together, they grow amazing specialty cut flowers, build gorgeous weddi…
 
While growing in raised garden beds is not necessary, it can make gardening easier and be a solution to certain issues (can you say gophers!) Joe and I go over how we built my new ones and ones I’ve used in the past. We cover: What materials work the best Type of soil to fill them with What sizes work best How to barricade against gophers and more …
 
This week’s guest encompasses the many topics discussed this year. Inspired by nature, sourcing local flowers, sustainable floristry, personal gardening, lessons from Covid, your designs: we are chatting about all of it with my guest Max Gill, owner of Max Gill design in the beautiful Bay Area. I believe you will not only enjoy his story, but you w…
 
Many of us have memories of shucking corn on a warm summer evening, but it's even better if that corn is grown in your own garden. I talk to Farmer Fred Hoffman of the Garden Basics with Farmer Fred podcast -- he discusses everything you need to know to grow your own sweet corn and popcorn. As a former popcorn farmer, Fred dives into the primary pe…
 
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