The Challenge

Katherine Tracy, owner of Avant Gardens, recently posted something on her blog that caught my attention: The Slow Flower Challenge. Katherine attended a lecture given by Debra Prinzing. Debra spoke about her book: Slow Flowers. The book explains the importance of using flowers that are available locally rather than purchasing imported flowers. Debra is challenging herself to do that for a year.  Katherine liked the idea, so she too took on the challenge and will use plant materials from her garden. Click on the link above to see the beautiful display Katherine created using plant materials from her garden, and read her entire post. 
I agree with Debra and Katherine, and decided to also take on the challenge. Our gardens are a valuable resource that we should not ignore. With clippers in hand I went into the garden, cut branches from trees and shrubs, and snipped flowers and berries. I loved the challenge and come December, I will once again be in the garden.

These are the 9 plants I used:

My flower arrangement:



  8 comments for “The Challenge

  1. Donna
    November 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm



  2. Elaine
    November 15, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Love the arrangement. Just beautiful..


  3. November 15, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Beautiful flower arrangement.


  4. dkprinzing
    December 3, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Hello there Ellen, thanks so much for taking on the Slow Flowers Challenge.I found a link to your site from Katherine’s and was delighted to discover your post, your botanical selections AND your gorgeous bouquet~ Please keep ’em coming and thanks for joining the Slow Flowers Tribe!
    Debra Prinzing @myslowflowers


    • December 3, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      Thank-you for stopping by my blog Debra! Your Slow Flowers Challenge is a breath of fresh air. Using our own resources instead of paying high prices for flowers shipped in. I love the idea and had fun creating the vase of flowers. Now… on to my December vase. 🙂
      Good luck to you!


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