It's All in Having the Right (Corona) Tools
In February I was lucky enough to attend to Northwest Flower and Garden Festival in Seattle. What a treat, it was my first time and boy was I pleasantly surprised. I had no idea of the scale, it's a GIANT event. If you have yet to attend this wonderful show here are a few pieces of advice:
1. Wear comfortable shoes, take a wagon and a water bottle.
2. Budget for buying plants
3. Plan to spend an entire day (or two)
Next year I will plan so much better and perhaps even get a hotel room so I can maybe go for two days! At the event I volunteered at the Flower Wars, with my dear old friend and matriarch to the Slow Flowers movement, Debra Prinzing. Thank you Debra, for a lovely birthday present of a ticket.
I met Chris, from Corona tools that day and we talked about Kamama Flowers and the exciting challenges of breaking ground on a new farm. Chris was kind enough to gift me a set of awesome tools that have made these groundbreaking days much easier. You can see the 4 tools in the image below. My favorite by far is the Houseplant Shear, which is laying horizontally on top of the other 3. Now don't get me wrong, because I am using all of them for all chores, but these little guys fit in my hand so well and they are also very light. My hand doesn't get as tired as it does with other snips. I also have pretty small hands so, these are perfect for me to use. They are good for left and right hand use and they are made out of steel. I truly love them. I don't use them for plants, I use them mostly for keeping the flower patch clean and harvesting too. Thank you Corona tools!
I watched very cool demos featuring Jess Gring of the Seattle Wholesale Grower's Market and Melissa Fayever of Terra Bella Flowers. You can see Jess' wearable flower cuff in the photo below. I lost my other photos, sigh. Again, next year will be more uhm comprehensive.
To read more about Floral Wars, please visit the Slow Flowers Journal article, written by Debra Prinzing (here).