2013 Lunch Lecture Guest Speaker

A Year in Flowers

During each month of the year, the garden has something wonderful to offer those who want to enjoy cut floral arrangements indoors. Expand the way you view your own backyard, the flowers sold by vendors at your local farmer’s market and even the “weeds” in our area’s wilder places. You will discover inspiring new ways to grow, glean, harvest and gather floral design ingredients — in every season.

Author and outdoor living expert Debra Prinzing will share her passion for local and seasonal flowers in a two-part talk. The first part — a hands-on demonstration — presents several seasonal floral design projects. Debra will discuss the best ways to harvest, process and prolong the vase life of the ingredients. Audience members will receive instructions, a recommended plant list and other floral design resources. Next, in an illustrated lecture, Debra will introduce you to the many inspiring flower farmers and floral designers who have contributed to the “green” flower movement. Learn about the eco-friendly growing and design approaches taken by these passionate individuals. You can borrow their sustainable practices for your own cut flower garden — and bouquets.

About Debra Prinzing

Debra Prinzing is a Seattle- and Los Angeles-based outdoor living expert who writes and lectures on gardens and home design. She has a background in textiles, journalism, landscape design and horticulture. A frequent speaker for botanical garden, horticultural society and flower show audiences, Debra is also a regular radio and television guest. She is the author of The 50 Mile Bouquet: Local, Seasonal and Sustainable Flowers (St. Lynn's Press, April 2012), which was photographed by David Perry. Debra authored Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways (Clarkson-Potter/Random House, 2008), a Garden Writers Association Gold Award book, and The Abundant Garden (2005). Her next book, Slow Flowers, will be published in 2013.

Debra is a contributing garden editor for Better Homes & Gardens and her feature stories on architecture and design appear regularly in the Los Angeles Times’ Home section. She writes for top shelter and consumer publications, including Country Gardens, Sunset, Garden Design, Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Cottages & Bungalows, Metropolitan Home, Landscape Architecture, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Old House Interiors, Seattle Homes & Lifestyles and Romantic Homes, among others. Her website and blog: www.debraprinzing.com.

Photo credit: Mary Grace Long


The Noon Lecture
(12:00 pm)

A limited number of gourmet box lunches, provided by Husky Deli, will be available for purchase at the lecture site on a first-come, first-served basis. $10.00 per lunch.

Hosted by The Kenney