Debra Prinzing Book Signing "Slow Flowers"

Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm


"Autumn's Fading Hues" bouquet by Debra Prinzing

Prinzing’s latest book showcases bouquets of seasonal blooms for every week of the year, made from homegrown blooms along with those from local markets and farms. Photo by Debra Prinzing.

A more modern, unisex version of backyard escapism comes in the form of miniature prefabricated outbuildings. “The traditional definition of a shed is a lean-to or stand-alone structure that provides shelter or storage,” says Debra Prinzing, a freelance garden and design writer and our expert reviewer this month. “I tried to come up with a contemporary definition: a space that contains whatever you’re passionate about.”

"A (Loving) Cup full of Autumn" bouquet by Debra Prinzing

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"Old World Meets New Flowers" bouquet by Debra Prinzing

Debra Prinzing, local flower advocate and author of and the , is working to make domestic blooms more widely available. For years, she’s been writing about the benefits of choosing bouquets grown nearby, including reduced environmental impact and supporting your regional economy. She also gives lectures around the country and offers consumers ways they can help like telling retailers to carry locally grown choices, requesting that their CSAs offer flowers, and asking florists to source domestic material.

Better Bouquets. Tulip flower farmer Gretchen Hoyt, from Alm Hill Farms in Everson, Washington. Photo courtesy of Debra Prinzing.