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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

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    • 4.9, 78 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.

    Scott Shepherd (Host of the Flower Podcast)

    Scott Shepherd (Host of the Flower Podcast)

    Today we’re visiting with Scott Shepherd (aka 'Cutflower Scott'), host of The Flower Podcast to discuss:
    the root of his love of flowers his experience working in a flower wholesale house for over 25 years what prompted him to start a podcast his transition from the wholesale business to full-time podcast host the mission behind The Flower Podcast how the pandemic has impacted his business and family the designers who have inspired him along the way the challenges he's faced as a podcast host the growing facets of The Flower Podcast his passion for encouraging and supporting flower growers his favorite flower and his unapologetic love for it LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 65: Green Petal Farms (see Scott's hellebore crop above!) Ariella Chezar Holly Chapple Hitomi Gilliam AIFD Joy Proctor Ian Prosser Pat Dahlson | Mayesh Wholesale Joseph Massie Gabriela Salazar | La Musa de las Flores  Flowerstock Flower Magazine Zoom Flirty Fleurs Alaska Peony Cooperative Jennie Love | Love 'n Fresh Flowers Learn more about THE FLOWER PODCAST here:  Website | Instagram | Facebook | iTunes
    Today’s episode is brought to you by: Botanical Brouhaha
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    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

    • 57 min
    BB+ (Ep. 13) Christine Hoover, LPC: Finding Balance on Social Media

    BB+ (Ep. 13) Christine Hoover, LPC: Finding Balance on Social Media

    TODAY’S GUEST: Christine Hoover MA, LPC, NCC
    With Special Guest: Jaelynn Solomon, Co-Owner of Urban Rubbish Weddings
    TOPIC: FINDING BALANCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
    This interview was fun and informal because I invited Christine and Jaelynn to drop by my house and share their thoughts on a topic that seems to pop up frequently in the flower industry — figuring out how to use social media to grow a business while successfully bypassing the comparison game which often ensues. With Christine's expertise in counseling and Jaelynn's practical experiences as a floral design business owner, I hoped we could share honestly about the struggles and the gifts of social media. And ultimately, I believed we could learn a few things from one another because these are women I trust and respect to talk with honesty about the sticky stuff. I hope you'll grab a cup of tea and plop down on the couch with us for this conversation. You might want to grab a pen and paper because Christine shares some advice I believe is worth noting!
    Takeaways From Our Conversation:
    Learn to appreciate the ways social media can help us connect with others Find healthy boundaries and understand that we're not wired to be close to thousands of people (ex. social media followers) Know your emotional limits to avoid compromising real-life relationships Know your personal threshold to avoid overwhelm which will ultimately compromise your creative work Find internal meaning to balance trying to meet external expectations Find value in the strengths of colleagues and learn from them Examine thoughts of resentment about unfairness and find strategies for moving past them Move in close to understand the 'story behind the story' and alleviate jealously or resentment Strive for human connections through business “People are hard to hate close up. Move in. Speak truth to b******t. Be civil. Hold hands. With strangers. Strong back. Soft front. Wild heart.”― Brené Brown, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
    Today’s episode is brought to you by: BOTANICAL BROUHAHA
    Host: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Joel McGee
    Music Written & Performed by: Landon McGee
    If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like BB+ Episode 7: Alison Ellis on Social Media Mindset.

    • 22 min
    Laura Langford & Dawson Hamilton (Roam Flora)

    Laura Langford & Dawson Hamilton (Roam Flora)

    Today we’re visiting with Laura Langford and Dawson Hamilton, owners of Roam Flora located in Ottawa, Canada to discuss:
    the birth and progress of their solar-powered flower farm where they’ve found the resources they need to build a growing business how their work and educational backgrounds have impacted their flower farm business model the layout and terrain of Roam Flora Farm their tendency to be “chronic entrepreneurs” the challenges of farming their particular piece of land the flower varieties they grow their crew “dealing with the alligator closest to the boat” how they altered their previous plans when the pandemic hit their area The Flower Hut (see below) the options they offer their customers the day their delivery van was stolen with all the wedding flowers in it! how Laura moved from “The Occasional Florist” to a full-time flower farmer Laura’s warning about naming a business dollhouse flowers, micro arrangements, and tiny amaranth popcorn the day the cows spent time in the dahlia field their dreams for the future of Roam Flora LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 62: Canadian Tire Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden Floret Farm's A Year in Flowers Floret Online Workshop | Grow, Harvest and Sell Flowers on a Small Scale The Billy Goat Realtor.ca The Green Cone Holly Chapple's Mother's Day Installation Coolbot (Get $20 off a CoolBot or Coolbot Pro - Click Here) Shopify Nova Scotia College of Art & Design Dalhousie University Sheridan College Shepherd's Hut Tree dahlia Amaranth popcorn Mexican Popped Amaranth Candy Hunte's Gardens Barbados Ottawa Flower Market Rosalind's Garden Blooms Ditch Witch Trencher Escape to the Country SEE MORE OF ROAM FLORA HERE:  Website | Instagram | Facebook
    Co-Hosts: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) + Maggie Bailey (Bramble & Bee)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

    • 1 hr 13 min
    BB+ 12: KimBang Nguyen on Preserving The Vietnamese Wedding Tradition

    BB+ 12: KimBang Nguyen on Preserving The Vietnamese Wedding Tradition

    KimBang loves flowers and she's found a purpose which is currently driving her to impact the wedding industry on a much deeper level than she once envisioned. While consulting with potential wedding clients at her Virginia studio, she began to notice a hesitancy in young Vietnamese Americans to embrace the traditional Vietnamese wedding ceremony. By listening to her clients, KimBang began to understand the challenges the couples face —  securing the resources needed for a traditional Vietnamese wedding, as well as the knowledge of ceremony customs which may not have been passed down in detail through generations. KimBang's belief that wedding photographs are extremely important in preserving and handing down cultural wedding traditions is leading her to a niche business model assisting couples in learning and incorporating their culture into wedding ceremonies which will be preserved for future generations through photography. In addition to our conversation on the podcast, KimBang also produced a photo shoot and blog post walking us through the elements of a traditional Vietnamese wedding. We're hopeful the expertise provided by KimBang will provide the support floral designers need to service Vietnamese weddings in their own communities when given the opportunity - thereby helping to preserve an important cultural ceremony.  
    Mentioned on Episode 12: The importance of preserving important cultural traditions The need for more editorial features in the wedding industry highlighting diverse wedding traditions Inspiring young people to embrace their cultural history by creating content to reflect their heritage The elements of a traditional Vietnamese wedding ceremony Providing the resources needed for a traditional Vietnamese wedding to couples as rentals Embracing a range of cultures as a retail flower shop to show acceptance and increase customer base Pushing past fear to open important conversations  
    See More of KimBang's work: 
    Website | Instagram | Facebook
    Today’s episode is brought to you by: Botanical Brouhaha
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    Host: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Joel McGee
    Music Written & Performed by: Landon McGee

    • 31 min
    Rebecca Grace (Natural Art Flowers)

    Rebecca Grace (Natural Art Flowers)

    Today we’re visiting with Rebecca Grace, owner of Natural Art Flowers in Perth, Australia to discuss:
    The challenges of working in an isolated location Growing a flower business over time Utilizing her studio space with efficiency Handling business during a pandemic Team function on wedding days Insights on hotel and corporate accounts Managing client wishes Social Media as a business tool Relaxing, exercising, and vacations Details of one of her favorite installations Creating the best work under pressure SEE MORE OF REBECCA'S WORK HERE:     Website | Instagram | Facebook 
    Today’s episode is brought to you by: BOTANICAL BROUHAHA
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    Co-Hosts: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) + Maggie Bailey (Bramble & Bee)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

    • 55 min
    BB+ (Ep. 11) Joseph Massie Opens Online Studio

    BB+ (Ep. 11) Joseph Massie Opens Online Studio

    TODAY’S GUEST: Joseph Massie | Joseph Massie Flowers + Joseph Massie at the UK School of Floristry 
    TOPIC: OPENING AN ONLINE STUDIO Today is the day we've anxiously awaited! Joseph Massie, a 5-time Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medalist who is often referred to by the media as 'the floral artist of his generation', is opening the virtual doors to his online studio which means designers the world over can now study under him in the convenience of their own studios and homes. Known for his expertise in teaching the 'why' in addition to the 'how' behind his designs, Joseph unlocks avenues of creativity which have often eluded designers. Floral artist Susan McLeary says Joseph once asked her during a workshop the one question that changed her career: why she'd placed the flowers the way she had. Sharing techniques like the Golden Ratio and 3-5-8, Joseph equips students to understand the principles of floral design in a way that elevates their future work. In today's episode we're chatting with Joseph about his new online studio from curriculum to cost as he welcomes us to his Online Classroom packed with his personal instruction, tried and tested techniques, solid theory — and his endearing sense of humor!
    The Courses: The Floral Clutch - secrets to creating a chic floral accessory clutch which Joseph often sells as a bridesmaid's bouquet alternative The Wired Flower Crown - Joseph often offers this crown to flower girls or as an alternative for bridesmaids The Cascading Garland - an iconic technique that can be adapted for a multitude of occasions and seasons The Classic Centerpiece - a fundamental in any designer's toolkit made entirely foam free and suitable to a plethora of containers The Classic Bridal Bouquet - Joseph shares the most helpful technique he's discovered for creating an abundance of bridal bouquet styles The Textured Vase - Joseph shares his technique for creating elevated statement centerpieces without using floral foam The Complete Collection (contains all 6 courses) Each of the six individual courses is carefully curated by Joseph and features: A detailed Instructional Video, packed full of Joseph’s own hints and tips for every project A bespoke Floral Recipe of sundries and botanicals to create every piece A Step-by-Step Printable Resource for future use A thorough Substitutions Guide for every single project A thorough Floral Glossary Guide packed with tool, sundry and floral terminology The commercial relevance to each piece - meaning how Joseph sells every design to his clients! As a bonus, you will also be invited to join Joseph's private alumni Facebook group to be a part of his online floral community 20% Discount on single courses + 30% Discount on the Complete Collection until July 7, 2020 The e-Book Collection: The Golden Ration & 3-5-8 in Floral Design E-book - enrich your understanding of proportions and placements in floral design The Principles & Elements in Floral Design E-book - packed with practical tips and techniques for applying principles and elements to enhance your floral practice The E-book Collection (contains both e-books) Answers to Questions You Might Have: How much do the courses cost? Click Here to see the menu of courses with prices. Do I have to complete my course in a specific time limit? No, you can work through your course at your own pace at any time that's convenient for you. How long do I have to access my course after purchase? You have lifetime access to your course. Once you've made your purchase, you'll be able to access your course in your own personal online library immediately and forever.  I've noticed the course prices are in US dollars, but I live elsewhere, am I on the right site? Yes, you are in the right place. Joseph is unfortunately only able to sell in one currency and that happens to be USD because it's the biggest market. An onl

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

tulipsandtwigs ,

Botanical Brouhaha

I have enjoyed every single one of the episodes of BB I have listened to...and I am pretty sure I’ve listened to every one out except today’s which I’ll download for my next trip into town! The interviews are more like friends sitting down together; they are informative, relational and sensitive, with humor sprinkled in. I have been so inspired by their many guests. Actually, I’m not going to wait for the trip to town!

The Farmer + I Flower Co. ,

Just really thankful for this podcast.

I LOVE this podcast. Amy and Maggie embody the kindness and passion that make this industry beautiful. This podcast is both calming and reassuring while being inspiring and informational. Thankful for the many interviews to learn from and aspire towards!

flora+fauna ,

My favorite floral podcast

Always full of useful industry information and delightful conversation!

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