Picnics, parades and barbecues are a staple of Independence Day celebrations here in the U.S. For my family, the 4th of July is usually a laid back day, followed by a potluck and fireworks with friends down the road. Our spread typically includes strawberry shortcake loaded with local berries, grass-fed burgers and of course, a big ole bouquet of fresh flowers from the garden.
This is the time of year when gardens and flower fields across the country come alive with color. And thanks to the growing interest in local flowers, and a new marketing and awareness campaign, more and more of these domestically grown flowers are making their way into U.S. Independence Day celebrations.
Debra Prinzing, author of the book and website “Slow Flowers” is the driving force behind American Flowers Week. In its third year, the campaign is helping to shine an even brighter spotlight on our flower friends who grow and design with domestic flowers.
It is an exciting time to be part of the seasonal flower movement both here in the U.S. and around the world. Just last week, our flower friends in the U.K. concluded their own British Flowers Week. I loved seeing all of the pictures and stories they shared.
Join me and countless others in growing, buying, sharing and promoting the local flower love. And join in the celebration on social media by photographing what’s in bloom in your corner of the country and adding the #americanflowersweek hashtag to your posts.
Wishing you a happy, flower filled 4th of July.