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About the Society

The Slow Flowers™ Society is an inclusive community dedicated to preserving domestic flower farms and supporting a floral industry that relies on a safe, seasonal and local supply of sustainably-farmed flowers and foliage. Our members are engaged in all facets of the flower marketplace

The Slow Flowers Movement began in 2013 with the publication of Debra Prinzing's book, 

Slow Flowers, and has ignited the imaginations of flower lovers, florists, flower farmers and growers across the U.S. (and around the globe)!

Meet the Team

Debra Prinzing

– Founder –

Debra Prinzing is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and leading advocate for local and domestic flowers. Through her many Slow Flowers-branded projects, she has convened a national conversation that stimulates consumers and professionals alike to make conscious choices about their floral purchases.

Niesha Blancas

– Social Media Manager –

With a personality as colorful as her creativity, Niesha loves to think outside the box for new and exciting ways to showcase her clients stories. Niesha handles social media strategy for multiple Slow Flowers platforms, including the Slow Flowers Summit, American Flowers Week and the Slow Flowers Podcast. Niesha is our staff fashionista!

Karen Thornton

– Operations & Events Manager –

Karen Thornton is the talent behind the Slow Flowers Summit and brings a distinctive and comprehensive skill set to event planning and management. Her background in experience design and business consulting and her ability to execute on detailed logistics help ensure satisfying, meaningful events.

Andrew Brenlan

– Editor & Engineer –

Following a career in Chicago as a theater sound designer and composer, Andrew's life has taken a turn toward health, wellness and fitness. He has a passion for movement in all forms. We're so lucky he devotes a bit of creative energy to making the Slow Flowers Podcast such a success each week!

Jenny M. Diaz

– Designer –

Jenny M. Diaz says she is fortunate enough to be able to create designs for clients like us, but we feel like we're the lucky ones! With more than 10 years in the graphic design industry, she has worked with clients all over the country and has given Slow Flowers a polish and confidence we love.

Becky Feasby

– Slow Flowers Canada, Slow Flowers
International –

Becky Feasby of Prairie Girl Flowers has joined the Slow Flowers Society leadership team to better serve our Canada members and to help grow our small-but-mighty International Affiliate program.

Becky is the creator of the Sustainable Flowers Workshop, held in Calgary. 


Tonneli Gruetter

– Membership Manager -
Community Engagement 

Tonneli Gruetter is the co-founder of Salty Acres Farm, a Whidbey Island, Washington-based cut flower farm. She brings a deep understanding of growing and designing with local flowers to her role as our Membership and Community Engagement Manager, supporting our members from a place of having walked in their shoes!

Plus, she is our cultural advisor, noting key shifts in the floral marketplace.

Stephanie Downes

– Brand Consultant –

Stephanie has worked in the branding design industry for 10+ years, and is honored to put her knowledge to good use with the launch of the Society!  As a floral designer she is also dedicated to the evolution of the floral industry towards a more sustainable future. 


Take the Pledge

Join the Slow Flowers movement and help bring flowers home.

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