America’s Flower Farmers and Floral Designers Reveal “Slow Holiday Decor” Tips and Techniques Using Local and Seasonal Botanicals

Put a twist on the ubiquitous carved pumpkin, cornucopia filled with gourds, or potted poinsettias and take inspiration from America’s flower farms, fields and meadows when you design for harvest, home and holiday, say members of

Instead of predictable designs or palettes of the past, creative flower farmers and florists suggest fresh and unique seasonal options such as adding hot peppers or ornamental kale to autumn centerpieces or “planting” pumpkins with succulents for harvest tables.

Come December, designers say “Season’s Greetings” is best communicated with updated florals, including snowy white palettes or garlands of foraged greenery to welcome guests.

The best harvest, home and holiday florals begin with the source, says Debra Prinzing, founder and creative director of, which promotes American grown flowers.

“You can transform the holiday table, your front porch or your fireplace mantel with local and seasonal flowers, supplied by local farms or provided by florists who source domestic, American grown options. Nothing is fresher or more long-lasting than choosing just-picked botanicals. By making floral choices close to home, we’re keeping our holidays more sustainable,” Prinzing says., the free, nationwide, online directory to American Flowers, surveyed its members across the nation and collected some of the best design ideas for harvest, home and holiday.

Top decor themes for 2016 include:

  •     Pair seasonal edibles with flowers
  •     Adorn grapevine wreaths with botanicals
  •     Upgrade pumpkins and gourds beyond ordinary
  •     Elevate flowers with leaves, grains and berries
  •     Add a touch of glam with gold
  •     Change traditional winter floral palettes with fresh flowers
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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