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Do you own a flower business or dream of starting one? Are you looking for practical floral design tips? Ever wonder how other florists run their businesses? Or maybe you’re a farmer florist building a flower farm and floral design business at the same time? You’ve landed in the right place!

At the BB Podcast, we serve floral designers, farmer florists, flower shop owners, and aspiring florists by diving into practical tips and insider information from real working florists, floral educators, flower growers, and floral industry vendors to help you find the tools you need to start, run, and grow your flower business.

We like to mix it up! Do you prefer hearing real-life stories or diving into specific flower business topics? Either way, we’ve got you covered with:

1. Storytelling episodes featuring floral professionals like Susan McLeary, Kiana Underwood, Jennie Love, and Max Gill sharing the details of starting and running their flower businesses. So many stories just waiting for you to dig in and learn from those who are doing what you want to do!

2. Topic-specific interviews called BB+ episodes. Here, you can expect everything from conversations on marketing, staffing, and floral software to pain points like finding your mojo or listening to your intuition in business.

Amy McGee, Botanical Brouhaha founder, brings years of relationship building with floral designers, farmer florists, and floral professionals to the table and invites you to pull up a chair for the conversations where you’ll learn and be inspired by the nitty gritty transparency of the questions she asks.

The BB Podcast is co-hosted by Maggie Bailey, owner of Bramble & Bee.

Botanical Brouhaha Podcast Amy McGee

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    • 4.8 • 100 Ratings

Do you own a flower business or dream of starting one? Are you looking for practical floral design tips? Ever wonder how other florists run their businesses? Or maybe you’re a farmer florist building a flower farm and floral design business at the same time? You’ve landed in the right place!

At the BB Podcast, we serve floral designers, farmer florists, flower shop owners, and aspiring florists by diving into practical tips and insider information from real working florists, floral educators, flower growers, and floral industry vendors to help you find the tools you need to start, run, and grow your flower business.

We like to mix it up! Do you prefer hearing real-life stories or diving into specific flower business topics? Either way, we’ve got you covered with:

1. Storytelling episodes featuring floral professionals like Susan McLeary, Kiana Underwood, Jennie Love, and Max Gill sharing the details of starting and running their flower businesses. So many stories just waiting for you to dig in and learn from those who are doing what you want to do!

2. Topic-specific interviews called BB+ episodes. Here, you can expect everything from conversations on marketing, staffing, and floral software to pain points like finding your mojo or listening to your intuition in business.

Amy McGee, Botanical Brouhaha founder, brings years of relationship building with floral designers, farmer florists, and floral professionals to the table and invites you to pull up a chair for the conversations where you’ll learn and be inspired by the nitty gritty transparency of the questions she asks.

The BB Podcast is co-hosted by Maggie Bailey, owner of Bramble & Bee.

    Melissa Sullivan (Le Bloomerie)

    Melissa Sullivan (Le Bloomerie)

    Today we’re visiting with Melissa Sullivan, owner of Le Bloomerie in Los Gatos, California. Melissa jumped into the floral profession with enthusiasm after a career in healthcare. She believes in dreaming big and tuning out any negativity as she pursues her dreams. Join us as we talk about:
    Her thoughts on creating, paying for, and collaborating with other vendors for editorial work The role editorial work plays in the Le Bloomerie business model Why she believes it’s imperative that floral artists not get caught up in "the comings and goings of small circles" if they want to realize big dreams Finding ways to include family in her business model Dreaming big and surrounding herself with good people Building her own mechanics Why she feels she has to limit the number of weddings she accepts each month Why she loves buying from local flower farms “Have a worldwide view. Try not to get caught up in the comings and goings in the small circles. The world is big and your work has yet to be discovered in Europe, Africa, Asia. Dream big and then even bigger.” - Melissa Sullivan | Le Bloomerie
    Links mentioned in episode 100: Francoise Weeks | BB Podcast Guest Ep. 10 Alicia Schwede | Flirty Fleurs | BB Podcast Guest Ep. 45 David Austin roses Tulipina | BB Podcast Guest Ep. 4 All For Love | London Home Depot Bows and Arrows Mayesh Madame Wedding Design San Francisco Flower Market Beaulieu Garden FOLLOW LE BLOOMERIE: WEBSITE
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    Co-Hosts: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) and Maggie Bailey (Bramble & Bee)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Grayson McGee
    Music & Voiceovers: Landon McGee

    • 45 min
    Bonus: Judge Victoria Pratt on The Power of Dignity

    Bonus: Judge Victoria Pratt on The Power of Dignity

    At Botanical Brouhaha, we've spent over a decade sharing our belief in the power of flowers to change lives and impact communities. Today's bonus episode of the BB Podcast not only supports that notion, but also serves as a call to action for us to continue using our artistic medium for the healing of our communities.
    After reading The Power of Dignity: How Transforming Justice Can Heal Our Communities by Judge Victoria Pratt, we knew we needed to share not only the book with you, but the author as well! And although she’s not a florist, we believe she holds some powerful tools we can use to successfully flower with purpose in our communities and beyond.
    So, it's a pleasure to introduce you to The Honorable Victoria Pratt who served as the chief judge of the Newark Municipal Court, has been a professor at the Newark School of Criminal Law, and has taught at the Rutgers School of Law. Her TED talk clip has been viewed over 30 million times on Facebook.
    Judge Pratt's reforms transformed her courtroom by introducing creative tools like essay writing and social services partnerships. And, ultimately, she helped defendants begin to trust the justice system again because of the dignity she showed them throughout the court proceedings.
    In this episode, Judge Pratt shares: the 4 Principles of Procedural Justice Voice Neutrality Understanding Respect how she was able to transform her courtroom into a space for problem-solving and a resource for healing the power of community gardens on healing neighborhoods the impact of court fines on the success of restorative justice how business owners can use their leadership skills to impact their teams and communities the power of youth courts in using positive peer pressure and accountability for young people Mentioned in this episode: The Process is the Punishment: Handling Cases in a Lower Criminal Court Dr. Norma Bowe | Kean University | Changing the Landscape for Peace One Garden at a Time Tom Tyler | Why People Obey The Law Red Hook Community Justice Center | Brooklyn Newark Community Solutions Center for Court Innovation LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORK OF JUDGE VICTORIA PRATT: GET THE BOOK
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    Host: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha + Bloom Trust Co.)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Grayson McGee
    Music Written & Performed by: Landon McGee

    • 57 min
    Hannah Lowery (Edges Wild)

    Hannah Lowery (Edges Wild)

    Today we’re visiting with Hannah Lowery, owner of Edges Wild Studio in Houston, Texas. Hannah has been honing her craft and finding words to describe her unique style for several years and we love the direction she's headed! Join us as we talk about:
    finding her first loves at the intersection of humanities and earth science learning 3 dimensional art creation while working at Anthropologie her career meander (she won't call it a career path) what Folk Art Floristry means to her attracting like-minded clients by weaving all her interests into her work working with a professional to define who she is and what she does as an artist the potential for a sense of community that comes from creating within her realm of interests her hack for foraging in the city creating a 'proof of concept' to show clients the need for artists to have leisure time to experiment in a flow state knowing when it was time to raise her prices and minimums finding the courage to be true to herself as an artist LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 99: Yasamin Salavatian | Brand Storyteller + Copywriter Sweet Root Village Amy Balsters | The Floral Coach Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Mary Lennox Shaider Divina Putnam & Putnam Ponderosa & Thyme M.K. Sadler Brian David Gilbert Simone Giertz Studio Mondine FOLLOW EDGES WILD STUDIO: WEBSITE
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    This episode of the Botanical Brouhaha Podcast is brought to you by: MADRID FLOWER SCHOOL Want to study floral design in Europe? Madrid Flower School offers contemporary and traditional styles and techniques with 10 instructors. Check out the professional program which also includes photography, styling, and business essentials. Offered in both Spanish and English. Co-Hosts: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) and Maggie Bailey (Bramble & Bee)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Grayson McGee
    Music & Voiceovers: Landon McGee

    • 59 min
    Ep. 98: Katie Allen + Jenny Rausch (Anthousai)

    Ep. 98: Katie Allen + Jenny Rausch (Anthousai)

    Today we’re visiting with Jenny Rausch and Katie Allen, owners of Anthousai in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It's no secret that many business partnerships simply don't work out. But, Jenny and Katie have built a friendship as they've built a flower business and they have some great insights into the reasons they believe their partnership has worked. Join us as we talk about:
    How they learned floral design before they could afford in-person instruction Their desire to normalize the side hustle and encourage designers who are just getting started Why they added a flower shop to their existing wedding/event floral business The logisitics of opening a retail space Why Jenny thinks forming her partnership with Katie was crucial to the success of Anthousai Sharing knowledge with confidence Managing social anxiety while running a public-facing business LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 98: Amy Merrick Ashley Bayer | Tinge Sarah Winward If I Made Ikebana Bailey's Botanicals Natalie Gill | Native Poppy Enneagram Quickbooks Jenn Sanchez FOLLOW ANTHOUSAI: WEBSITE INSTAGRAM SHOP INSTAGRAM PINTEREST TODAY’S EPISODE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: EveryStem
    EveryStem florist software has the power to change the way you price and order flowers for a profit.
    Here’s what some Botanical Brouhaha guests are saying about their EveryStem experience:
    “The rewards have been incredible. 2021 was our most profitable year of our 14 years in business because of EveryStem.” –Ashley Fox, Ashley Fox Designs “Best tool I’ve used in my biz! Especially this year with the pricing fluctuations – met my margins on every wedding thanks to EveryStem.” –Alison Ellis, Real Flower Business A special offer for BB Podcast Listeners: 
    Grab our free guide on how to price for a profit in your business and we’ll send you a code for a free month of EveryStem Florist Software.
    Pay $24.99 for your first month and you’ll receive your second month free!
    Co-Hosts: Amy McGee (Bloom Trust Co.) & Maggie Bailey (Bramble & Bee)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Grayson McGee
    Music Written & Performed by: Landon McGee

    • 1 hr 11 min
    BB+ (Ep. 22) Joseph Massie on Writing 'The Flower School'

    BB+ (Ep. 22) Joseph Massie on Writing 'The Flower School'

    TODAY’S GUEST: Joseph Massie author of The Flower School: The Principles and Pleasures of Good Flowers the youngest person ever to win 5 consecutive RHS gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Founder and Creative Director at Joseph Massie Flowers Founder of The Flower Class Host of the Flowers After Hours Podcast TODAY'S TOPIC: Becoming a Published Author   You're in for a treat! In this episode, Joseph shares behind-the-scenes details of the making of his new book, The Flower School. From writing a book proposal and finding an agent, to working with a publisher, choosing content, and designing a book cover, Joseph is candid about the process. And, if you know anything about Joseph, you know he brings a bit of humor to every conversation. Joseph says he wrote this first book with his 16 year old self in mind — remembering when he was starting out and needed a comprehensive floristry guide that he could actually afford. He's hoping it'll serve you well! A Message from Joseph: "My life to date has been a chequer board of experiences. On one hand there are my doggedly pursued goals, hard fought and hard won, and on the other, the bright, glittering opportunities which I’ve been deeply lucky to have fall into my life. How else can I explain how my very first job would spark something within me and lead on to  enjoy the most enriching of careers? The journey I’ve taken I cannot wholly take credit for - it’s certainly not all down to me - although I could be painted as a far more dynamic maverick if I were to lead you to that conclusion.
    It is my hope that this book falls into the latter category for you, as something bright and glittering, which will fall into a space on your lap, your book shelf or your coffee table, and lead you to find some wonderful, beautiful things. I hope it will light up something within you, and help you cultivate creativity, and beauty, and joy and more.
    This book, my first, is much more for you than it is for me. Use it well; make everything beautiful.
    I really, really hope you love it."
    Mentioned in This Episode: Emily Sweet Associates Paula Pryke Agrawool Elizabeth Gilbert TED talks The Flower School takes you by the hand and expertly guides you step-by-step through design principles and twenty-five floral projects to empower you to create your own gorgeous floral arrangements for your home, gatherings, celebrations and for pleasure.
    Host: Amy McGee (Founder: Botanical Brouhaha + Bloom Trust Co.)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Grayson McGee
    Music Written & Performed by: Landon McGee

    • 46 min
    Ginny Early (Enemies of the Average)

    Ginny Early (Enemies of the Average)

    Today we’re visiting with floral designer Ginny Early, owner of Enemies of the Average in Gainesville, Georgia.  Join us as we talk with Ginny about:
    Flowering for weddings, museums, and editorial shoots Using the painful experiences she's walked through as a catalyst to support other women in feeling valued Building a business that reflects her talents, values, and interests The challenges that landed her in the luxury wedding market Her advice for new flower business owners Working with interns vs. apprentices The experiences that have solidified her resolve to flower with purpose LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 97: Amy Osaba Design Susan McLeary Shanna Skidmore | The Blueprint Model Lauren, Leah, & Callie Palmer | The Wild Mother FOLLOW GINNY EARLY FLORAL DESIGN: WEBSITE
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    Today's Episode is brought to you by: Madrid Flower School Want to study floral design in Europe? Madrid Flower School offers contemporary and traditional styles and techniques with 10 instructors. Check out the professional program which also includes photography, styling, and business essentials. Offered in both Spanish and English.
    Host: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha + Bloom Trust Co.)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Grayson McGee
    Music Written & Performed by: Landon McGee

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
100 Ratings

100 Ratings

AnnieSass ,

Inspiring!

This is one of my all time favorite podcasts. The interviewing style is exactly as it should be, in my opinion. Amy always allows guests to shine during their interviews, and she continues to ask thought-provoking questions to her guests. I always learn a ton and walk away feeling so inspired by these interviews!

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 🤍🤍

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