Pair seasonal edibles with flowers

Make a centerpiece sizzle with hot red peppers and golden sunflowers.

Andrea K. Grist, of Andrea K. Grist Floral Designs in Lees Summit, Missouri, celebrates autumn by pairing sunflowers and peppers with golden marigolds and crimson zinnias and celosia, along with herbs and greenery. “The addition of fruits and vegetables to a floral design always make me think of the harvest season,” she says. Grist sourced fresh flowers from Whites Creek Farm (Nashville, TN) and Urban Buds: City Grown Flowers (St. Louis, MO). (c) Andrea K. Grist Floral Design Photography with permission.


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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