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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.

Botanical Brouhaha Podcast Amy McGee and Flower Friends

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 90 Ratings

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.

    Kelly Shore (Petals by the Shore & The Floral Source)

    Kelly Shore (Petals by the Shore & The Floral Source)

    Today we’re visiting with Kelly Shore, owner of Petals by the Shore and The Floral Source in Damascus, Maryland. Kelly is a dedicated advocate for American grown flowers. Join us as we talk about:
    why she set and later raised a minimum spend for her wedding/event clients the importance of setting boundaries in business the trip to Alaska that impacted her and led to a new business venture how her clients have helped guide her business path the relationship that ignited her passion for local grown flowers the two projects she conducted to test her local grown business model learning to design by palette rather than specific flower variety  running a local-grown wedding and event floral business the challenges and rewards of sourcing locally how she curates boxes of American Grown flowers to drop ship to designers the advantage of ordering local flowers for floral stem bars and pop up shops understanding the higher price of local grown flowers LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 83: Bed of Roses (movie) Maxit Flower Design AIFD Chapel Designers Holly Chapple Michael's Panera Bread Dave Dowling Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG) Ocean View Flowers LEARN MORE HERE:
    Petals by the Shore: Website | Instagram | Facebook
    The Floral Source: Website | Instagram | Facebook
    The Botanical Brouhaha Podcast is brought to you by: BLOOM TRUST CO. A curated collection of floral resources you can trust.  Click here to learn more. Co-Hosts: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) and Maggie Bailey (Bramble & Bee)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Grayson McGee
    Music & Voiceovers: Landon McGee

    • 1 hr 1 min
    BB+ (Ep. 17) Julie Tobi on Building a Flower Business You Enjoy

    BB+ (Ep. 17) Julie Tobi on Building a Flower Business You Enjoy

    TODAY’S GUEST: JULIE TOBI
    TOPIC: Building a Flower Business You Enjoy 
    Julie Tobi of J Eliza Creative is a career and life coach for creative entrepreneurs and deep feeling souls, with a focus on intuition and embodiment. In other words, she helps creative entrepreneurs create the business & life they actually want to be living by helping them determine what that looks like based on listening to their intuition.
    In this episode, we talk about some of the challenges commonly faced by floral designers and farmer florists and Julie offers advice on:
    making peace with using social media the importance of asking 'at what expense?' when making a business decision the art of saying no transitioning away from something that no longer aligns with who you are balancing work and family life finding ideal clients who are aligned with your values and business mission defining success for yourself and feeling confident in your definition recognizing the inherent value of being yourself setting boundaries embracing inspired ideas rather than talking yourself out of them by asking: What am I scared of? What would it look like if I did this? What would be my next right move? What is truly holding me back? Follow Julie Tobi J Eliza Creative | IG: @jelizacreative
    Today’s episode is brought to you by: BLOOM TRUST CO.
    Dream of being a floral designer?  Looking for resources you can trust and a safe place to ask questions? Check out the carefully vetted and curated resources available at Bloom Trust Co. 
    Host: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Joel McGee
    Music Written & Performed by: Landon McGee

    • 43 min
    Anna Potter (Swallows & Damsons)

    Anna Potter (Swallows & Damsons)

    Today we’re visiting with Anna Potter, owner of Swallows & Damsons in Sheffield, UK. Join us as we talk about:
    why she had an instant connection with floristry her experience buying an existing flower shop and making it her own the juxtaposition she injects into her floral designs how she built a wedding business that fits her personality the thought process behind her still life images how she landed editorial opportunities her description of the aesthetic she's become known for LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 82: India Hobson Photography Architectural Digest feature Harper's Bazaar features Design Sponge features The Flower Fix by Anna Potter LEARN MORE ABOUT SWALLOWS & DAMSONS HERE:
    Website | Instagram | Facebook | See Anna's Shop
    The Botanical Brouhaha Podcast is brought to you by: BLOOM TRUST CO. A curated collection of floral resources you can trust.  Click here to learn more. Co-Hosts: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) and Maggie Bailey (Bramble & Bee)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

    • 52 min
    Alyssa Lytle (Flowering Minds & Color Theory)

    Alyssa Lytle (Flowering Minds & Color Theory)

    Today we’re visiting with Alyssa Lytle, owner of Color Theory Design Co. located in the Portland, Oregon. Join us as we talk about:
    finding the courage to veer off the obvious and accepted paths to pursue personal interests finding clarity when she felt it was time to go into business for herself the freedom and peace she feels as a business owner her educational platform called Flowering Minds moving a business across the country persevering in the lean times why she decided to open a storefront her private coaching service listening to your intuition how learning to accept herself helped her find a successful career path LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 81: Botanical No. Nine Ashland Addison House of Cards Depeche Mode New Order Jon Moss Cat Stevens LEARN MORE ABOUT COLOR THEORY DESIGN CO. HERE:
    Website | Instagram | Facebook | Flowering Minds | Commissioned Paintings
    The Botanical Brouhaha Podcast is brought to you by: BLOOM TRUST CO. A curated collection of floral resources you can trust.  Click here to learn more. Co-Hosts: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) and Maggie Bailey (Bramble & Bee)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Lauren Palmer + Leah Palmer (The Wild Mother)

    Lauren Palmer + 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. We're grateful for the opportunity to continue the conversation we began in Episode 70. Today we're digging a little deeper on some of the ways Lauren and Leah lead The Wild Mother to use their artistry for #morethanjustflowers (as they like to say). Join us as we talk about:
    the legacy work they feel strongly about carrying on the anti-racism curriculum they developed for discussing systems of injustice in America how they find ways to celebrate, remember, honor, grieve, and educate through their floral medium how they will flower with purpose as collaborators of the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission to memorialize the 1921 Greenwood Massacre ways we, as floral creatives, can join The Wild Mother in offering healing gestures using flowers GoFundMe for #SendFlowersTo Greenwood LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 80: Lay of the Land | An Online Course for Creatives on Building Affirming, Equitable, and Just Brands LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WILD MOTHER HERE:
    Website | Instagram | Facebook
    The Botanical Brouhaha Podcast is brought to you by: BLOOM TRUST CO. A curated collection of floral resources you can trust.  Click here to learn more. Hosts: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Linda D'Arco (Little Farmhouse Flowers)

    Linda D'Arco (Little Farmhouse Flowers)

    Today we’re visiting with Linda D'Arco of Little Farmhouse Flowers in Jay, New York to chat about:
    transitioning to the floral profession from "teacher by day, farmer by night" logistics of starting a flower farm extending the growing season preparing a wedding proposal as a farmer florist her new podcast, Frost on Flowers knowing when it's time to hire help and expand the team addressing sustainability in business learning to convey the value of farm fresh flowers through strategic website messaging her Tulip Forcing Workshop for flower farmers in collaboration with von Trapp Flowers learning to sketch floral designs for proposals LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 79: Susan McLeary Lewis Miller Design Flower School New York Sustainable Floristry Network Shane Connolly Squarespace Frost on Flowers Podcast Emily von Trapp | von Trapp Flowers MORE ABOUT LITTLE FARMHOUSE FLOWERS HERE:  Website | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest
    DUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES MENTIONED: Tulip Forcing Workshop | Floral Sketching Workshop
    The Botanical Brouhaha Podcast is brought to you by: BLOOM TRUST CO. A curated collection of floral resources you can trust. Log In. Find what you need. Go out and flower with purpose. Click here to learn more. BB Podcast Co-Hosts are: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) + Maggie Bailey (Bramble & Bee)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

Cusick356 ,

BB gets an A

Great podcast! Super interesting guests & excellent interviewers. Always save this one for when I can listen uninterrupted.

olive and blooms ,

Lily Roden- my favorite podcast.

I love this podcast and I’m so grateful to Amy and Maggie for creating this space for florists to learn, get to know each other & share their journeys. Please don’t ever stop! Thank you for the amazing work you do and are continuing 🤍🤍

Flower Power Productions ,

Highly recommend!

This is by far the most inspirational pod for the floral design profession. Every episode feels like a warm and inviting conversation with a dear friend. The diversity of content and tackling of important topics is a must hear for all industry peers.

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