Slow Flowers Summer Soiree in Seattle

Debra Prinzing (left) with Kath LaLiberte of Longfield Gardens (right)

Two dozen Slow Flowers members from Oregon and Washington gathered in late August for a Summer Soiree at Debra Prinzing’s “slow flowers cutting garden” outside Seattle.

The occasion was inspired by a visit from our good friend Kath LaLiberte of Longfield Gardens, a Slow Flowers sponsor.

Held just before a busy three-day holiday weekend, the gathering gave everyone a moment to pause, connect with other floral professionals, reunite as friends and discover new contacts. We enjoyed a delicious menu prepared by Cooking with Mary Weber and snacked on beautiful dahlia cookies baked and decorated by our talented friend Jessica Lutovsky of Must Love Frosting (her designs were inspired by actual dahlia varieties that Longfield Gardens offers!).

Missy Palacol was on hand to capture the festivities on camera to share with you here!

P.S., if you’d like to coordinate a Slow Flowers Meet-Up in your region, get in touch!

Enjoy more photos below:

We began in the garden . . . and then the showers began . . .
We moved inside for food and friendship . . .
Conversations continue in the round!
Flowers were spontaneously arranged by one of our out-of-town guests! Kelly Shore of Petals by the Shore. Sunflowers at right from Charles Little & Co.
I mean, really?! Dahlia cookies almost too pretty to eat!
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, 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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