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Amy McGee of Botanical Brouhaha and Maggie Bailey of Bramble and Bee interview a variety of guests about all things related to flowers and the floral industry. Past guests include floral designers such as Max Gill, Holly Chapple, Susan McLeary, and Kiana Underwood along with farmer florists (Jennie Love, Zoe Woodward), and other floral industry leaders sharing their stories and discussing anything and everything related to the business side of floral design, wedding and event design, flower farming, flower wholesaling, and floral education.

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Amy McGee of Botanical Brouhaha and Maggie Bailey of Bramble and Bee interview a variety of guests about all things related to flowers and the floral industry. Past guests include floral designers such as Max Gill, Holly Chapple, Susan McLeary, and Kiana Underwood along with farmer florists (Jennie Love, Zoe Woodward), and other floral industry leaders sharing their stories and discussing anything and everything related to the business side of floral design, wedding and event design, flower farming, flower wholesaling, and floral education.

    Lauren & Leah Palmer (The Wild Mother)

    Lauren & Leah Palmer (The Wild Mother)

    Today we’re visiting with Lauren Palmer & Leah Palmer, owners of The Wild Mother located in the Arts District, Downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Kickapoo, Osage, Wichita, & Comanche land. What a pleasure to discuss the following topics with these women:
    why they refer to The Wild Mother as a Creative Studio rather than a Floral Studio the story behind the name of their business how their branding process honors their personalities and the memories of their ancestors the unique way they consult with wedding clients using Floral Stories the role of storytelling in their business the advantages of using a CRM (Client Relationship Management) tool how they appeal to their ideal clients the investment their parents and grandparents made in their lives through art how they plan to use art to honor their ancestors and bless their descendants LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 70: Hannah Ashford | helping creative small businesses and entrepreneurs find refinement in their business vision and clarity in their brand story Lauren Freeman | Golden & True Britta Newton-Tarron | BNT & Co Arts District | Oklahoma City Chelsey Ann | Salt & Water Co Dubsado Honeybook PLENTY Mercantile Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WILD MOTHER HERE:
    Website | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | TikTok: @twmcreativestudio
    Today’s episode is brought to you by: Botanical Brouhaha On-line Shop Click here to get your No Rain No Flowers tshirt! 
    Co-Hosts: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) + Maggie Bailey (Bramble & Bee)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Lauren Anderson + Rachel Bridgwood (Sweet Root Village)

    Lauren Anderson + Rachel Bridgwood (Sweet Root Village)

    Today we’re visiting with Lauren Anderson & Rachel Bridgwood, co-founders of Sweet Root Village in Alexandria, Virginia to discuss:
    how they built a culture of community within their business their tips for building strong relationships with event and wedding planners how they thinking outside the box on staffing and job descriptions the process of regrouping and persevering during the COVID pandemic their online learning hub: Village Schoolhouse LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 69: Team Flower Amy Nicole Floral Sue Prutting | White Magnolia Sophie Felts LEARN MORE ABOUT SWEET ROOT VILLAGE HERE:  Website | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Village Schoolhouse
    Today’s episode is brought to you by: Botanical Brouhaha -- Online Shop
    Click here to get your No Rain No Flowers tshirt! 
    Co-Hosts: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) + Maggie Bailey (Bramble & Bee)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

    • 58 min
    Megan McHugh & Denise Richter (Pistil & Stamen)

    Megan McHugh & Denise Richter (Pistil & Stamen)

    Today we’re visiting with Megan McHugh & Denise Richter, co-founders of Pistil & Stamen in New Orleans, Louisiana to discuss:
    their transition from school garden teachers to full-time flower business owners how their complex business model helped keep their business afloat during the pandemic how they've built a strong partnership rooted in recognizing one another's strengths their journey over the years from developing urban gardens on city lots to a new flower farm opportunity confidence and fear — and how they play into decision making both in life and at Pistil & Stamen LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 68: Gabriela Salazar | La Musa de las Flores The Blue Carrot Steve and Gretel | Sunny Meadows Flower Farm Connecteam | All-in-One Employee communication app Slack | Team management tool Nicolette Camille Jennie Love | Love 'n Fresh Flowers SEE MORE ABOUT PISTIL & STATEN HERE:  Website | Instagram | Facebook
    Today’s episode is brought to you by: Botanical Brouhaha
    On-line Shop
    Click here to get your No Rain No Flowers tshirt! 
    Co-Hosts: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) + Maggie Bailey (Bramble & Bee)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Steven Dyme (Flowers for Dreams)

    Steven Dyme (Flowers for Dreams)

    Today we’re visiting with Steven Dyme, co-founder of Flowers for Dreams (with locations in Chicago, Detroit, and Milwaukee) to discuss:
    the Flower for Dreams commitment to community and charity with every sale integrating philanthropy into a business model how his business has been able to survive during the pandemic the responsibilities and challenges that come with employing 50+ team members advice on how other business owners can make giving a part of their business model his unconventional entry into the floral industry teaming up with non-profits to impact communities through flower sales the commencement flower niche and the opportunities it offers finding a niche and scaling a business the secret behind the success of his long-time business partnership LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 67: The University of Wisconsin - Madison ACLU Kennicott Brothers Wholesale Farmer's Fridge Blog Post: Weddings Are Different, We Must Be Different (Why We’re Saying “No” to Weddings in a Pandemic) SEE MORE ABOUT HERE:  Website | Instagram | Facebook | Flower Truck
    Today’s episode is brought to you by: Botanical Brouhaha
    On-line Shop
    Click here to get your No Rain No Flowers tshirt! 
    Co-Hosts: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) + Maggie Bailey (Bramble & Bee)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

    • 1 hr 1 min
    BB+ (Ep. 15) Jessie Chui on Paper Flower Art

    BB+ (Ep. 15) Jessie Chui on Paper Flower Art

    TODAY’S GUEST: Jessie Chui | Crafted to Bloom
    TOPIC: Paper Flower Art
    Jessie Chui, owner of Crafted to Bloom and author of a beautiful new book called Paper Flower Art, joins us on the Botanical Brouhaha podcast to share her passion for paper flower art from the creation of single stems to designing artistic arrangements, or compositions as she prefers to call them. Not only does she share details about creating paper flowers, but she also shares a vision for collaboration between fresh flower florists and paper art florists to meet the unique needs of clients.
    Where to Find a Paper Florist to Work With
    Where do you find a paper florist? Most of us have websites and social media presence and simply searching for “#paperflowerartist” or “#paperflorist” will give you some leads. However, the easiest way is to head over to The Paper Florists Collective and search our Member Directory, which has paper florists from all over the world.
    Another way is to follow our podcast, Paper Talk. We spotlight different paper flower artists, like Margie Keates and Ann Wood, and we also speak to florists, photographers and other industry experts about their art and experiences. We recently had Holly Heider Chapple on our podcast, and in the past, we had Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs and Bella Fiori, Caroline Tran of Caroline Tran Photography, and Kelly Lemon of Kelly Lemon Photography.
    In the end, we all want to serve our clients the best that we can. Giving our clients an option of using paper flowers alongside with fresh florals simply makes it easier for you to keep your clients happy and turn their dreams into reality.
    Follow Jessie's Work: 
    Website | Instagram | Book | The Paper Florists Collective | Paper Talk Podcast
    To Find a Paper Florist Near You: Click Here
    Paper Flower Art by Jessie Chui, GMC Publications, RRP $34.95, available online and in all good bookshops.
    Host: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Joel McGee
    Music Written & Performed by: Landon McGee

    • 50 min
    Lily Roden

    Lily Roden

    Today we’re visiting with Lily Roden, owner of Lily Roden Floral Design in Southern California to discuss:
    why she turned to flowers in a time of struggle the reason she didn't initially embrace her creative side the story of her family's move to the US from El Salvador the impact working with flowers had on her mental health learning through freelancing her advice to other designers looking for freelance opportunities the process of re-branding her business flowering during the pandemic the motivation behind the philanthropy she embraces as a business owner her desire to connect with other Latina creatives and see their work showcased in their respective industries the challenges she experienced as a creative immigrant LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE University of California Berkeley Janelle Thomson | Lavenders Flowers LVL Weddings & Events Bows + Arrows The Nouveau Romantics Lewis Miller Design SEE MORE FROM Lily Roden Floral Design HERE:  Website | Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook
    Today’s episode is brought to you by: Botanical Brouhaha
    On-line Shop
    Click here to get your No Rain No Flowers tshirt and/or market bag! 
    Co-Hosts: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) + Maggie Bailey (Bramble & Bee)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

    • 1 hr 20 min

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