Episode 1: Introduction to The Backyard Bouquet Podcast

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Welcome to the Backyard Bouquet Podcast, where stories bloom from local flower fields and home gardens. I’m your host, Jennifer Gulizia of The Flowering Farmhouse. In this first episode, I’m excited to share a little bit about my background in cut flowers and how the Backyard Bouquet podcast came to be.

I have loved flowers since I was a young child, growing up in a home with a beautifully landscaped yard filled with blooming flowers. One of my earliest memories of cut flowers is perhaps visiting my aunt and uncle’s house in Seattle, where they had a gorgeous garden that they would cut flowers from to fill their home with beautiful bouquets. This inspired me to dream of growing my own flowers and filling my home with bouquets from the backyard.

Cultivating A Cutting Garden In My Backyard

After graduating college, I moved into my first house in Portland, Oregon, where I had a small backyard. I started a small cutting garden and grew my very first flowers from clearance plants and cheap seed packets. Over the years, my love for flowers grew, and when my husband and I moved to Hood River, Oregon, we built a house with enough space for me to have my own garden. I went all out and planted 64 dahlia tubers, filling our yard with beautiful blooms. I had so many flowers that I started delivering bouquets to neighbors’ doorsteps.

Holding a bouquet of dahlias from my backyard garden in 2017.

In 2020, I enrolled in Floret’s online learning course and learned what it takes to become a backyard flower farmer. I started selling my flowers to local florists and offering subscriptions to my CSA.

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many amazing farms and backyard growers. I’ve realized that there is a need to share the stories of backyard gardeners and flower farmers. That’s when the idea for the Backyard Bouquet podcast was born.

What To Expect In Each Episode Of The Backyard Bouquet

In each episode of the Backyard Bouquet, you’ll hear from local flower farmers and backyard gardeners who are cultivating flower gardens and inspiring others to do the same. We’ll explore topics such as tips for growing your own flower garden, the stories behind local flower farms, and so much more. Each episode will leave you with valuable life lessons from the garden.

What to Expect

In future episodes, we’ll dive into a wide range of topics, including:

  • Stories from local flower farmers who are cultivating stunning flower gardens and inspiring others to do the same.
  • Tips and advice on growing your own backyard flower garden, whether you have a small space or a sprawling yard.
  • Expert insights on cut flower growing techniques, harvesting, and arranging.
  • Interviews with industry professionals and experts who will share their knowledge and experiences.
  • And so much more!

New episodes will be available every Tuesday on your favorite podcast platform, so be sure to subscribe to the show or sign up for my newsletter to stay updated. You won’t want to miss out on the valuable life lessons and inspiration that each episode brings.

I also invite you to join our Backyard Bouquet community on Facebook. If you have your own flower stories to share or know someone who would be a great guest on the show, please reach out to me. I would love to hear from you!

You can find me at hello@thefloweringfarmhouse.com or connect with me on social media under the handle @thefloweringfarmhouse.

Let’s celebrate the simple joys and beauty that come from growing and enjoying local flowers together. Remember, every beautiful bouquet can start right here in your own backyard.

Keep blooming, keep growing, and let your backyard bloom!

Jennifer Gulizia
Your Host of the Backyard Bouquet Podcast

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