50 State Flowers for American Flowers Week

A few months ago, Jenny Diaz, our wonderful Slow Flowers graphic artist, illustrator and BLOOM Imprint book designer (@jennymdiaz), sent us a Facebook Marketplace item she thought might interest Debra:

A 1970s hand-embroidered piece depicting the U.S.A. state map with each state flower. The seller’s description was poignant: “My mom beautifully hand-embroidered this cotton. It features a map of the U.S.A. and is outlined with two borders with each states’ name and its flower. Even the back is lovely. It has been in a frame for 40 years. I believe the marks are dust from the board it was on and looks as though they will wash out. 100% of this sale will go towards our mom’s Alzheimer’s care.”

This flat-lay detail is styled with Washington State’s flower, the Rhododendron

It is such a sweet piece, and with Jenny’s blessings, we made the purchase. The dry cleaners were able to remove all the age spots and now We can share this lovely handiwork to celebrate American Flowers Week.

If you are a textile person like we are, you can’t help but admire the precise embroidery stitches that must have taken weeks and weeks to complete! It was obviously made with love. Sending out gratitude to the hands who made this!

And here is Jenny’s beautiful illustration, which we commissioned for American Flowers Week in 2017 — you can download it for free at Americanflowersweek.com.
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— Just some coloring therapy from Slow Flowers Society to you!
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Debra Prinzing

Debra Prinzing is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and leading advocate for American-grown flowers. Through her many Slow Flowers-branded projects, she has convened a national conversation that encourages consumers and professionals alike to make conscious choices about their floral purchases. Debra is the producer of SlowFlowers.com, the weekly "Slow Flowers Podcast" and the American Flowers Week (June 28-July 4) campaign. Debra is author of 11 books, including Slow Flowers (2013), The 50 Mile Bouquet (2012) and Slow Flowers Journal (2020). She is the co-founder of BLOOM Imprint, the boutique publishing arm of Slow Flowers.

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