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June 26-28, 2022

Slow Flowers Summit parters with Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture for 2022 conference

Debra Prinzing, founder and creative director of Slow Flowers LLC, announced the program details, venue partners, and speaker lineup for the fifth Slow Flowers Summit, coinciding with the eighth anniversary of American Flowers Week.

Prinzing, producer of the Summit and founder of the Slow Flowers Movement: "The Summit invites flower lovers, artists, gardeners, growers, wholesalers, and retailers to come together in this event that highlights domestic flower farming and responsible design practices." Xenia D'Ambrosi, owner of Sweet Earth Co., based in Pound Ridge, New York, will serve as co-host of the Summit.

During the Slow Flowers Summit's opening day on Sunday, June 26, 2022, attendees will be hosted by The Red Barn at Maple Grove Farm nearby Bedford, New York, a private venue owned by local philanthropist George Bianco. As the kickoff venue for the Summit, Maple Grove Farm's iconic red barn will host floral demonstrations, hands-on floral creativity, and the welcome reception.

On Monday, June 27, 2022, and Tuesday, June 28, 2022, the Slow Flowers Summit program will move to Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York, located about 30 miles north of Manhattan. "We couldn't be more excited to enjoy two full days at Stone Barns Center," Prinzing says. "Our guests will have special access to learn from Stone Barn Center’s farmers, artisans, and makers, as well as enjoy seasonal, farm-to-table fare from the kitchen at Blue Hill, the on-site restaurant."

Above: Stone Barns Center (c) Lori Berkowitz 

Stone Barns Center's executive director Rick Parnell says the Slow Flowers Summit allows the Center to shine a light on its collaboration with chefs, land stewards, artists, and designers, rooted in ecological food culture. "The Slow Flowers movement, like the sustainable agriculture movement at large, explores growing practices that support the land, producers, and artisans."

Prinzing says she developed the Slow Flowers Summit as an interactive "live" component to the virtual American Flowers Week campaign (June 28-July 4). AFW devotes one week each year to regional events and social media platforms that promote domestic flowers, raise consumer awareness, and unite America's flower farmers with the U.S. floral marketplace.

Top row, from left: Nicole Cordier, Xenia D'Ambrosi, and TJ McGrath 
Middle row, from left: Philippe Gouze and Shannon Algiere 
Bottom row, from left: Ronni Nicole Robinson, Frances Palmer, and Debra Prinzing

The Slow Flowers Summit's speaker lineup includes prominent floral designers, flower farmers, and artists whose craft is inspired by the flowers they grow, such as Shannon Algiere, Stone Barns Center, Nicole Cordier, Cordier Botanical Art, Xenia D'Ambrosi, Sweet Earth Co., Philippe Gouze, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, TJ McGrath, TJ McGrath Design, Frances Palmer, Frances Palmer Pottery, and Ronnie Nicole Robinson, Ron Nicole Studio.

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