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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 • 95 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.

    Twyla Reimer (Remi + Gold)

    Twyla Reimer (Remi + Gold)

    Today we’re visiting with Twyla Reimer, owner of Remi + Gold in Austin, Texas. From a slight obsession with TLC wedding shows to working behind the scenes on events along the Las Vegas strip, flowering in California, and opening a business in Texas,  you'll want to fasten your seatbelt for Twyla's story. She's not afraid to follow a dream. But, her love of people and the intentionality she shows in the way she cares for those around her are the heart of the story. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we enjoyed having it...and watch for Part 2 coming January 2022!
    Join us as we talk about: finding her stride in floral design moving from freelancer to business owner the flower order that gave her the confidence to go out on her own the impact Instagram had on the early success and growth of her business why she prioritizes her team over everything else creating company culture why creating a safe work environment for her team is her 1st priority how she takes care of her team the importance of having an ethos in business how she makes time to support people and causes she believes in how being a first generation American has impacted her business journey LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 88: Jesse Camargo | BB+ Episode 20 South by Southwest International School of Hospitality Lauren Palmer & Leah Palmer | The Wild Mother | #sendflowerstogreenwood LEARN MORE ABOUT REMI + GOLD HERE:
    Website | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest
    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 6 min
    BB+ (Ep 20) Jesse Camargo on Freelancing

    BB+ (Ep 20) Jesse Camargo on Freelancing

    TODAY’S GUEST: Jesse Camargo | Flo.ReaL | IG: @jesse.flo.real
    TOPIC: Becoming a Floral Freelancer
    Join us in this episode as we talk about:
    landing his first freelancing job negotiating freelance work while maintaining a full-time job the moment he realized he wanted to pursue floral freelancing the importance of setting boundaries and saying no the perks of being a freelancer what it's like to be a freelancer behind-the-scenes the importance of having a mentor freelancer specialties skills required to be a successful freelancer the key to his success in business & life FOLLOW JESSE'S ADVENTURES: On Instagram
    TODAY’S EPISODE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: EVERYSTEM
    A SPECIAL EVERYSTEM OFFER FOR BB LISTENERS: Enter referral code:  flowerwithpurpose when you create your EveryStem account to receive a free month of service.
    Monthly members receive their 2nd month free. Annual members receive 13 months for the price of 10.
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    Co-Hosts: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) + Maggie Bailey (Bramble & Bee)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Grayson McGee
    Music Written & Performed by: Landon McGee
     

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Hannah Bonham Blackwell (Southside Blooms)

    Hannah Bonham Blackwell (Southside Blooms)

    Today we’re visiting with Hannah Bonham Blackwell of Southside Blooms in the Englewood community of Chicago, Illinois. Southside Blooms, which is a project of Chicago Eco House (a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission of using sustainability to alleviate poverty), is a farm-to-vase florist providing unique and fashion-forward arrangements, while maintaining an uncompromising dedication to both the environment and the surrounding communities. One hundred percent of their money goes directly towards fulfilling this mission. That means every flower purchased from Southside Blooms creates jobs for at-risk youth, converts vacant lots into safe and productive community assets, and actively contributes to the health and resilience of the environment through regenerative farming practices.
    We hope you'll join us for this conversation as we talk with Hannah about:
    using sustainable practices in flower farming unlocking creativity in the youth who work at Southside Blooms the importance of being based in the area where Southside Blooms employees live how Southside Blooms acquired land for 4 urban farms in Chicago (plus another in Gary, Indiana) thoughts on expansion staffing wins and challenges finding farming techniques that work for the Southside Blooms business model the key to offering opportunities that are compatible with the community you serve LEARN MORE ABOUT SOUTHSIDE BLOOMS HERE:
    Website | Instagram | Facebook
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    A SPECIAL EVERYSTEM OFFER FOR BB LISTENERS: Enter referral code:  flowerwithpurpose when you create your EveryStem account to receive a free month of service.
    Monthly members receive their 2nd month free. Annual members receive 13 months for the price of 10.
    Host: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha + Bloom Trust Co.)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Grayson McGee
    Music Written & Performed by: Landon McGee

    • 1 hr 12 min
    BB+ (Ep. 19) Corrine Heck + Parie Donaldson on Details Flower Software

    BB+ (Ep. 19) Corrine Heck + Parie Donaldson on Details Flower Software

    TODAY’S GUESTS: Corrine Heck (CEO) + Parie Donaldson (Certified Design Associate) Details Flowers Software
    TOPIC: Do More and Earn More with the Help of Details Flowers Software
    Details Flowers Software is a platform specifically designed to help florists and designers.  The app streamlines proposals, ensures profitability through careful attention to each arrangement, and simplifies the payment process.
    Details is an elegant and easy-to-use floral design system – an absolute must-have for your floral business. The world's best designers are growing their bottom line through professional proposals and confident pricing with the all-in-one platform.  As an event designer for over 15 years, CEO Corinne Heck planned and produced over 800 events. Through her experience she identified the many challenges that come with running a floral business; challenges like over-buying, under-charging, and coordinating an abundance of floral and supply data.  The Details Flowers Software solution helps professional florists and event designers tackle these issues and more.
    Join us in this episode as we talk about:
    Why and how Corrine developed Details Flowers Software Using Details for visual presentations with clients Timesaving features for busy designers Details documents that assist with keeping freelancers informed and organized Their commitment to adding features according to clients' needs Details Flowers tech support Details Flowers proposal, invoice, and payment capabilities Using Details templates (ex. the new Holly Chapple templates) Compatibility between Details and other platforms The Details Color Picker Utilizing the Collections feature Using Details for retail and holiday sales The beautiful community-over-competition backstory to the friendship Corrine and Parie share Membership to Details Flowers is $150 a month for 2 users or $1500 a year.
    LEARN MORE ABOUT DETAILS FLOWERS: WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | PINTEREST | YOUTUBE
    SPECIAL OFFER: BB Podcast Listeners can use CODE: BB2021 for 20% off a one year subscription. You'll need to create an account, log in, and enter a credit card number, BUT your credit card won't be charged until the end of your 7-day free trial.
     
    EXPIRATION DATE: 12/31/2021
     
    Today’s episode is brought to you by: BLOOM TRUST CO.
    Looking for floral 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: Grayson McGee
    Music Written & Performed by: Landon McGee

    • 47 min
    Paulina Nieliwocki (Blue Jasmine Floral)

    Paulina Nieliwocki (Blue Jasmine Floral)

    Today we’re visiting with Paulina Nieliwocki, owner of Blue Jasmine Floral in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. Paulina was a high school language arts teacher and translator looking for a new adventure that challenged her while still feeding her creative soul. Remembering her love of flowers as a young girl, she made a plan, took a risk, opened Blue Jasmine Floral and never looked back. Her love of flowers and teaching are contagious.  Grab a drink and join us as we talk about:
    how she managed the quick turnaround between resigning her teaching job and opening a flower shop her go-to floral design principles the blooms she considers to be "the most special" the mechanics behind her recognizable compote arrangements how she successfully juggled a retail flower shop and an wedding/event business how she designed her studio space how she restructured her business during the pandemic how she trains her staff to design in the Blue Jasmine aesthetic one thing she'd like to see change for the floral design profession a niche she's hoping someone will take advantage of by starting a business to help wedding/event florists (hint hint!) LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 86: Ariella Chezar Flower School New York Florists' Review Best in Blooms Winner Restoration Hardware LEARN MORE ABOUT BLUE JASMINE FLORAL HERE:
    Website | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest
    Today’s episode is brought to you by: EveryStem
    A special EveryStem offer for BB listeners: Email LuAnn at luann@everystem.com to schedule a one-on-one demo of EveryStem and receive a free month of service when you become a member.
    Co-Hosts: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) + Maggie Bailey (Bramble & Bee)
    BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Grayson McGee
    Music Written & Performed by: Landon McGee

    • 54 min
    Sarah Diligent (Floribunda Rose)

    Sarah Diligent (Floribunda Rose)

    Today we’re visiting with Sarah Diligent, owner of Floribunda Rose in Hampshire, England.  Sarah describes herself as a Flowerist, author, and teacher. She believes deeply in the value of British flowers and her interest in sustainable floristry inspired her to write A Guide to Floral Mechanics with William Mazuch. Grab a seat and join us as we talk about:
    the surprising reason she started her own floral business her unique business-building experience with a private tutor the advantages she finds in designing with local grown flowers following her intuition regarding the use of floral foam and how she transitioned away from using it her experience writing a book from idea conception to printing and selling her commitment to elevating British Grown Flowers to a luxury product LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 85: Green & Gorgeous The Garden Gate Flower Co. Buckets of Blooms Flowers From the Farm New Covent Flower Market GB Foliage British Flower Week Kickstarter GF Smith Paper Shane Connolly LEARN MORE ABOUT FLORIBUNDA ROSE HERE:
    Website | Instagram | Facebook | Floribunda Rose Flower School
    Sarah's Private Facebook Group: Eco Friendly Florists & Flower Growers Collective 
    This Facebook group is a friendly & supportive place for florists & flower growers who have an interest in using British (or home grown) flowers, ‘green’ floristry techniques and are interested in generally reducing our collective carbon footprint. A place to shout out for an extra set of hands or to borrow or swap floristry related equipment/paraphernalia.
    This is also a place to ask questions, support one another & help one another out. Click Here to join.
     
    Today’s episode is brought to you by: BLOOM TRUST CO. 
    Looking for floral 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: Grayson McGee
    Music Written & Performed by: Landon McGee

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
95 Ratings

95 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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