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US: Slow Flowers Society celebrates 10th anniversary of

One decade ago, journalist and local flower advocate Debra Prinzing launched as a free online directory designed as a one-stop destination to help shoppers find American-grown bouquets and blooms – and to be assured of the origins of each stem they purchase. The site debuted with 200-plus listings across the U.S.

Today, features more than 750 listings, representing professionals across all facets of the North American floral marketplace. In celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the site's launch, Prinzing says she continues to be motivated by its original mission: To connect consumers with the sources of their flowers.

"When we began, country of origin labeling in the floral marketplace was quite rare," she observes. "Transparency in floral labeling is more important today than ever. We know that the majority of flower lovers want to do the right thing and make sustainable choices in their purchases. And is a proven and credible tool that helps them do that."

Having creating the term "Slow Flowers" with the publication of her book, Slow Flowers (2013, St. Lynn's Press), Prinzing founded the Slow Flowers Movement, a conversation about sustainability and flower sourcing that has inspired florists and flower farmers alike. "Ten years ago, we were faced with the reality that only 20 percent of cut flowers sold in the U.S. are grown here. And that number has not changed much," she says. "What has changed, however, is the proliferation of floral entrepreneurs, small-scale growers, farmer-florists, and regional flower-selling hubs across the U.S. and Canada – shifts that have been widely emulated in other countries."

Prinzing cites findings from the 2023 National Garden Survey, which Slow Flowers Society helps to sponsor. The survey found that 63 percent of respondents indicate locally-grown flowers are very or somewhat important when they purchase cut flowers and arrangements. Additionally, 59% of respondents say that domestic U.S. flowers are very or somewhat important to them.

"We continue to track increases in consumer awareness related to flower sourcing, buying behavior, and attitudes, both through Slow Flowers Society's efforts and in partnership with the NGS," she continues. "These findings reveal the importance of the Slow Flowers Movement as it has helped change the marketplace over the past decade."

The directory is now one channel of Slow Flowers Society, a multifaceted membership organization that provides a highly-recognized branding and marketing platform, as well as editorial projects, virtual floral promotions, and in-person educational events.

To celebrate's 10th Anniversary, Prinzing announced the beginning of a month-long series of special guests, promotional packages, and new educational resources for members and the larger floral profession.

Below you can hear from Debra Prinzing, founder of Slow Flowers Society and

For more information:
Slow Flowers LLC
P.O. Box 81152
Seattle, WA 98108
United States
[email protected]

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