The Slow Flowers Summit has been rescheduled for the same dates, one year later, on June 28-29, 2021, at Filoli Historic House & Garden.
The Slow Flowers team recently met with the leadership at Filoli, the partner-venue for the Slow Flowers Summit in Woodside, California. They had previously agreed on a "backup" date this fall, October 26-27, 2020, should they be prevented from holding the Slow Flowers Summit this June as originally planned. They now have more clarity about what a fall conference might look like and have concluded the following:
- There is a strong likelihood that events and gatherings will be limited to fewer than 50 people. With 110 people already registered for the Summit, it is not realistic to safely gather in that large of a group for some time.
- Even if they're wrong about the size of gatherings allowed, they suspect many people will be hesitant to travel by airplane through the end of 2020.
"We also considered holding a 'virtual' livestream conference or some kind of hybrid event", Debra Prinzing of Slow Flowers says. "In evaluating our choices, I kept returning to our core mission for the Slow Flowers Summit: to Inquire, Inform, Include, Instigate and Inspire. I also read through the feedback from past Summit evaluations, which reveal that making live, in-person connections with fellow attendees and speakers is the top-stated reason you love to attend."