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September 30th 2020

Meet the 2021 Floret Scholarship Winners

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Announcing our scholarship winners is one of the highlights of the year for all of us here at Floret. We always get inspired by the many stories from around the globe from people who want to cultivate beauty in their lives and communities. What was even more impressive this year was the level of commitment by so many applicants to continue to pay it forward and help others along the way. 

This was another record-breaking year for our scholarship program. We received close to 4,000 applications from 79 different countries around the world. I loved seeing essays sent to us from countries including Botswana, Cambodia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Malta, Montenegro, Uruguay, Singapore, Tanzania, and beyond. 

Floret Online Workshop Scholarship Winners AtmosphericTo help with the process, we assembled members of the Floret team, my daughter Elora, a few longtime flower friends, plus two past scholarship recipients to serve on the review committee. This team of 13 people read each and every essay and created a list of 107 finalists. After printing the finalists’ essays, I sat down to read and reread each of their applications in order to try to narrow it down to eight. Selecting the winners is always a heart-wrenching process, as there are always so many deserving applicants. However, this was, hands down, the most difficult decision I’ve had to make in nearly a decade of offering scholarships. There were so many amazing applicants! 

After deliberating for many hours, we decided that choosing just eight was impossible. After a generous donor came forward to offer a partial scholarship for a grower in her home state, we upped the total to 12 full scholarships. 

Floret Online Workshop Scholarship Winners AtmosphericBefore I introduce the winners, I want to first express my heartfelt thanks to everyone who took the time to apply. Thank you for sharing your thoughtful essays, family memories, and personal journeys. I am so inspired by the dreams, aspirations, and beautiful life stories that were woven into the essays. 

Every year, a few key themes emerge as we read through the applications. This year’s themes reflect the wide-ranging, life-changing events from the past nine months. For example, we know that flowers bring joy; they spark memories and stir nostalgia; they show others we care; they provide comfort during life’s biggest moments and milestones. We’re hungry for more beauty and kindness in our world. I believe this is more true today than ever before. 

Specific themes from this year’s essays include: 

Floret Online Workshop Scholarship Winners AtmosphericConnecting with others

Quite a few applicants wrote about the creative ways that flowers help us to connect with loved ones and community members this year in particular. 

“I have a grandma who is essentially isolated from family at her care facility due to the current pandemic. I was able to drop off a bucket of homegrown flowers, and the activity coordinator helped the residents make floral arrangements. The pictures I received of my grandma arranging the very flowers I grew is priceless to me—I can’t be there with her in person, but I can be there with her through my flowers.”

“In March, suddenly distanced and isolated, dropping off wildflower bouquets in donated jars from our cultivated patch intended for our bees was a great way to stay connected. It was also a cure for cabin fever and a chance to spread some joy in the process. Soon, “Joy Jars” caught on, and I was taking orders delivering bouquets of summer-loving zinnias and sunflowers all over town! Rarely did I leave a doorstep without getting misty-eyed at the power of this simple gesture.” 

Floret Online Workshop Scholarship Winners AtmosphericPrioritizing what matters

There has been a lot of change and disruption over the past year. Whether because of a furlough, an empty nest, an illness, or a new beginning, 2020 forced many applicants to slow down and prioritize what’s really important and what makes us happy. 

“Covid-19 hit, and it gave us more time together as a family than I ever thought possible. It made us reprioritize our life and decide what really does matter and what we can put to the side.”

“Since the Covid-19 crisis, the questions I’ve had about my career direction have been heightened—what I am really doing with my life?—and I find my mind keeps wandering back to the garden and an idea I’ve had for a while that seems especially relevant now.”

Rudbeckia at Floret farmGardens ground us and calm us

Gardens are magical spaces to retreat from the stresses of everyday life. This has been especially true this past year. So many essays spoke of the therapeutic powers of gardening while dealing with anxiety, illness, and feelings of isolation while being separated from loved ones during the pandemic. 

“All worries would disappear when I was in the garden. When flowers started to blossom they were nature’s brightest cheerleaders.”

With all the upheaval around us, the constancy of the seasons and the life that springs from the garden is calming and good for the soul!

Hands holding sweet pea transplant at FloretGiving back

I’ve said this many times before, but I’m convinced that the flower community is made up of some of the kindest, most generous people on the planet. I am so impressed with the many creative ways in which applicants plan to give back to their community. We noted a strong interest in efforts to support health-care workers, nursing home residents and staff, and populations suffering from depression, post-traumatic stress, and other mental health issues. 

Floret dahlia fieldHope and perseverance

Finally, the stories of determination and perseverance of countless refugees, immigrants, and families displaced by devastating wildfires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters were so striking and humbling. These stories have stayed with me and motivated me to do more. 

“When my parents left [Laos] they were only allowed to carry one plastic bag to start their life in America, and in that bag my father brought seeds.”

Without further ado, I’m honored to introduce the 2021 Floret Scholarship awardees.

Floret Online Workshop Scholarship Winners Whitney Jaye, Semente Farm, Lithonia, Georgia, United States

In 2017, Whitney Jaye started Semente Farm with the mission to supply the surrounding community with local, sustainably grown produce, flowers, and herbs. The flower portion of the business began as a passion project but has grown to become the only Black-owned local flower supplier in the Atlanta area. 

“There has been a heightened demand for our offerings, and we are only just beginning to figure out how to keep up. In the last year, we’ve launched a crowd-raising campaign to build adequate cold storage in our farm barn, the last big key to being able to grow our business. With a little more training on flower production and business planning, we hope to expand our offerings. Next season, my goal is to grow a wider variety of flowers and to upgrade our marketing to best reach potential buyers. The workshop will help me accomplish my goals by providing me with invaluable insights as I seek to optimize our production, grow more flowers, and get them into the hands of more people.”

Nethmie Rathnayake, Arlesey, England, United Kingdom

Nethmie Rathnayake’s story begins in Sri Lanka, where she grew up in the middle of a forest planted by her grandparents and six generations of ancestors. As a child, Nethmie spent many mornings alongside her grandmother, transplanting and harvesting flowers to donate to poor couples for weddings. But the violence of the Sri Lankan civil war changed everything. 

“My parents realised we could not live in constant fear, so we sold our forest home with generations of family history and emigrated to England. I felt incredibly fortunate to have escaped from the war, but living in a small flat, unable to feel the healing magic of blooming flowers, the magic of my soul too, disappeared.

“Then, everything suddenly changed when I received my allotment plot. I started digging and planting my cut flower garden till dusk after work. I was exhausted, but the thought of growing my own flowers again kept me going. People in our village started to thank me for creating a place they could walk past and feel uplifted. My fellow villagers gifted seeds and gardening tools to me when I could not afford any. Our village farmer offered me an acre of his land to grow flowers, and our local shop owner offered me a stand outside his shop to sell my bouquets. I am truly blessed to have a kind community that has cheered me on in my flower journey. Even with all this support, I stand frozen in fear of letting them down, as I do not have any knowledge of how to run a flower farm. My hope is to give my future children the childhood of unconditional healing love I felt growing up surrounded by flowers. The workshop is my hope for a better life.”

Floret Online Workshop Scholarship WinnersPaw Wah Tamla, Ki Koko Farm, Kansas City, Kansas, United States

Originally from Burma/Myanmar, Paw Wah Tamla came to the United States in 2008 as a Karen refugee from Umphiem Mai camp in Thailand. After settling in the Kansas City area, Paw Wah and her family joined the New Roots for Refugees program, a partnership between Cultivate KC and Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. The program trains refugees with agricultural experience to become independent farmers and small business owners. As part of their training, Paw Wah and her family created Ki Koko farm, which means “two sisters,” and started selling produce at a farmers markets in Kansas City.

“After selling at the market for several years, my family realized that flowers are in high demand,” Paw wrote. “In 2019 I became the CSA specialist for the New Roots program. Now, we have 17 farmers in the program, and we help them achieve self-sufficiency. If I receive this scholarship, it will help my family flower business, but it will also help New Roots farmers, because I plan to share my knowledge with farmers who are interested in selling flowers.”

Shannon Kimmel, Plant Stamp, Boise, Idaho, United States

Over the years, we’ve received a few applications submitted by friends and family on behalf of some very special people. We don’t normally consider these types of submissions, but after reading a beautiful letter by a friend of Shannon Kimmel, I knew she had to receive this opportunity. 

“Shannon has dreamed of taking a Floret course but cannot afford it. She would say others deserve this scholarship more than her, but she has made more sacrifices than most people,” her friend wrote. “She is the mother of two boys, 15 and 11, her youngest is a special needs child with Williams Syndrome. He is thriving because of Shannon. Following the diagnosis, Shannon quit her full-time job to be home with him. She made a significant amount more than her husband, but decided her child needed a full-time mom at home. This required that her family stick to a very strict budget, which included only one car, and buying secondhand. It also meant that she had to put her own career and school on hold for years.” 

Shannon started a business growing and selling flowers this year and has plans to give back to her community by donating flowers and teaching kids and refugees how to grow flowers through her volunteer work with the local community garden.

Floret Online Workshop Scholarship WinnersMandy Curry, Central High School, Woodstock, Virginia, United States

Mandy Curry is an agriculture teacher at Central High School, which is located in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Eager to provide her students with hands-on learning opportunities, Mandy started teaching her students about cut flowers and launched a floral subscription program. 

“While all flowers are beautiful, I want my students to become familiar with something beyond inexpensive bulk flowers like carnations and alstroemeria. I love learning, I love plants, and I love sharing these experiences with my students. It’s really gratifying to see their love for plants develop over a semester. I love seeing the excitement in their eyes when they see the transformation that a tiny seed makes, from first being planted to a small seedling, and finally having flowers. By participating in this workshop, I’d be able to gain the knowledge and planning skills to start cut flower beds at school. These flower beds would be built, planted, and maintained by myself and my students. Flowers grown would be used for educational purposes and sold to help us grow and maintain our program.”

Traci Ward, Plant + Vessel, Austin, Texas, United States

The day after enrolling in an evening pottery class, Traci Ward learned from her boss that her position was dissolved. Viewing it as serendipitous instead of a setback, she poured herself into her newfound passion and started creating her own line of vases and planters, called Plant + Vessel. Eager to add the “plant” to her “vessel,” Traci later enrolled in a floral design class. 

“We learned about sourcing flowers, and the ecological footprint concerned me. I considered a cutting garden but was living in a shared apartment with no land,” she wrote. 

When Covid-19 hit, Traci knew she needed more space for herself and her daughter’s online learning. She hurriedly found and settled into a new rental house, which features a 1/5-acre backyard, where she plans to grow flowers for her business. 

 “I don’t know where to start—but Floret does. This scholarship will allow my daughter and me to attend the workshops, work on our garden, and enrich her life skills while I grow Plant + Vessel by creating a steady income by incorporating florals. I’ve taken practical steps to start my solopreneurship and am thrilled by the possibilities because farming is the missing piece to Plant + Vessel. The Floret Workshop will allow me to continue my education while I’m at home, working on my pottery, starting a cutting garden, and raising my daughter.”

Floret Online Workshop Scholarship WinnersAna Maria Spinu, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

In Bologna, Italy, flower shops dot the city, yet local flower farms are rare. The city promotes a “Zero kilometer” initiative that encourages Italians to shop locally for vegetables, cheese, and meat. Ana Maria Spinu’s dream is to offer “Zero kilometer flowers” grown locally and in harmony with nature. 

Ana grew up in Romania in the 1980s under a repressive Communist regime that confiscated food crops from farmers. Her resourceful grandmother helped support her family by growing and gathering food (and flowers) and has inspired her to pursue her passion. 

Ana plans to share a portion of the flowers she grows with the large elderly population in her community, especially those that have been isolated this year, so that she can “bring the joy of flowers to someone’s grandparent, just like my grandma did for me years ago.”

Jenelle Hills, Life Blooms, South Trinidad and Tobago

Two years ago, Jenelle Hills’ microgreen business changed course after a chef requested edible flowers along with the restaurant’s order of kale, shoots, and baby salad mix. At the time, Jenelle admits she “had no idea edible flowers existed, so I did some research, and that started my flower farming journey.”

Life Blooms now grows and sells edible flowers alongside produce and will be one of the first flower farms in Trinidad and Tobago to sell fresh-cut, locally grown flowers. Trinidad currently imports 90 percent of its fresh flowers, however, there is a growing demand for local alternatives, especially in the wedding industry. 

“I want to be the very first female flower farmer in my country growing beautiful flowers for weddings, florists, and farmers markets. Although farming in a male-dominated sector comes with numerous challenges, I am motivated to create change in my community by creating jobs, training Black women, and spreading the happiness and love flowers have given me.”

Floret Online Workshop Scholarship WinnersLaura Ruggles, Salem, Oregon, United States

Laura Ruggles grew up in a farming family in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Three years ago, at age 25, she unexpectedly lost both her dad and grandpa, and became the legal guardian to her then 94-year-old grandma. Soon after moving her grandmother to an assisted living facility, she began planting flowers in her yard so she could bring her bouquets. Each bouquet stirred old memories and initiated meaningful conversations. Other residents would stop Laura in the hallway to examine them, sharing their own flower memories.

To pay for her grandma’s care, Laura has had to sell all but a few acres of her family’s farm. Despite feeling that she had somehow let her grandma down, she was determined to find a way to successfully farm the small plot of land she was able to hold on to—continuing her family’s tradition since 1850. When she discovered cut flower farming a light bulb went off, and she realized it was everything she was looking for.

Laura’s dream is to start a bouquet subscription service for seniors. “I am now the sixth generation to live on this land,” she wrote. “I have big dreams of growing healthy, beautiful blooms I can share with Grandma and others in their sunset years. I’ve seen how a bouquet can bring such joy to a senior. I hope to build a strong foundation with education so that I have the best possible chance at success—and so that the inevitable trials won’t be earth-shattering.”

Anne-Katrin Beuthel, Wild Flower Studio, Barilevë, Kosovo

Anne-Katrin Beuthel started a small, organic flower farm in Barilevë, Kosovo, five years ago, where she employs young girls and women who would otherwise have difficulty finding a job. After the curveballs 2020 has thrown, she realized she needs more than just her passion for growing flowers to sustain her business. Anne intends to use the Floret Online Workshop to diversify her sales outlets and further grow her business. She also wants to use this opportunity to bring more attention to the benefits of organic farming in her region, where sustainable practices aren’t commonplace. “I also hope to find the support of your amazing community,” she said.  “I don’t have one here, where I am the only flower farmer in the country.”

Floret Online Workshop Scholarship WinnersErica Downes, Little House on the Dairy, Jamberoo, New South Wales, Australia

Erica Downes has built a small yet thriving flower business on her family’s dairy farm in New South Wales, Australia. In recent years, the dairy farming industry has faced many challenges. With three young children at home, Erica decided to begin growing and selling flowers to help contribute financially. The support of her community has been overwhelming, and a few years into growing, she’s finding it difficult to keep up with demand. “It’s a wonderful yet frustrating problem to have!” she wrote. “Flowers are my love letter to my town. I need to grow. I have ideas and endless enthusiasm; I need help to make them reality.”

Erica is passionate about offering beautiful, seasonal, local flowers as an alternative for her community and intends to extend her growing season to get more from her patch of land, streamline her processes, be more organized in her sowing schedule, and further develop her floristry skills. “To have the weight and experience of the Floret workshop behind me would add professional gravity to what I am trying to present and achieve.”

Pamela Ronson, Detroit, Michigan, United States

After working for 10 years as an urban farmhand, Pamela Ronson finally realized it was time to become who she was always destined to be: a flower farmer. “Since I was 8 years old, I’ve cherished one thing most: the refreshing, deep-sinking feel of my bare feet in the squishy, cool, mud while watering the violet pansies in my mother’s garden.” 

Access to sovereignty is Pamela’s vision for her highly efficient small-scale farm. She believes the Detroit market has untapped potential and opportunity for native flower sales, and sees the communal impact of educating customers about native flowers and seed-saving banks— incentivizing local residents to support a local, sustainable, urban ag economy. “Many Detroiters lack access to capital and express the desire of growing their own food and flowers on a small budget,” she wrote. “By investing in me, you empower a whole city.”

Floret Online Workshop Scholarship WinnersOlga Karpenko, Druzhilovichi, Belarus

After 15 years of working in an intense marketing job, Olga Karpenko discovered growing flowers as a way of dealing with overwork and stress. She started her first seed-grown pompon dahlia on the bathroom floor of her rented 26-square-meter studio flat in Minsk. Recent political unrest in the capital forced Olga and her family to move to the relative safety of the countryside, where she plans to transform her small plot into one of the country’s first seasonal cut flower farms. 

Her dream is “to make a living doing something beautiful and reconnect with nature after years in a grey, post-Soviet city. The official symbol of my land is a simple blue cornflower growing wild among golden wheat fields. I wish I could see not only foreign flowers, but bunches of multicoloured cornflowers in every local flower shop.”

As the political crisis in Belarus deepens and wages stagnate (the average salary in her region is just 350 USD), a Floret scholarship would “be an invaluable contribution to me and to flower farming in my country,” she wrote.

Mavis Zvobgo, Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Mavis Zvobgo and her husband inherited a small farm near Masvingo, Zimbabwe, where they have been toiling to make ends meet. Mavis plans to start a flower business to help earn extra money to pay for the school fees for her two children. Inspired by the garden her mother tended, Mavis’s goal is to become the first grower-supplier in her community catering to weddings, funerals, and various special events. “Flowers were made to beautify this difficult world,” she wrote.

Floret Online Workshop Scholarship WinnersKaren Quayle and Beauty Sibanda, Greyton, South Africa

Karen Quayle lives with her husband and young family on a farm in the Overberg in South Africa, where they raise angora goats and plan to expand into cut flowers. Beauty Sibanda is an integral part of their team and family on the farm, Spinlea.

Their dream is to complete the Floret workshop so that they can create something together that will give Beauty a second chance in life and an opportunity to learn, grow and provide for her extended family, through her green fingers. We need this to work and last so that we can provide the greater community with much-needed joy, and to inspire hope where there is so much adversity. Also, many people have lost hope in our country, and my husband and I want to show our team that farming is worth it, worth hoping and working for something better. To inspire positivity.”

Floret Online Workshop Scholarship WinnersReading the winners’ excited and grateful responses has been such a thrill. What is especially meaningful is that many have committed to also pay it forward and give back to their communities in some way. My dream is for this spirit of giving to continue to grow and bring even more beauty into the world.

Please join me in congratulating the 2021 Floret Scholarship winners. All of us here at Floret are so thrilled to have this group join us for the upcoming Floret Online Workshop.

If participating in the Floret Workshop is on your bucket list, you’ll want to sign up for our waitlist to be notified of the next registration period. Enrollment to the 2022 Floret Online Workshop will be open for just one short week in the fall of 2021.

52 Comments

  1. Julianne Watson on

    After applying previously for a scholarship, then just giving up on growing a field of flowers for a couple of years as I couldn’t afford the fences to keep our Sanctuary cows out of my paddock, this year we have finally moved to a property that will hold all of our rescued cows (80) and also has a fenced plot big enough to start my passion of growing cut flowers. The first thing I did when we sold our last property was put away the money for the 2021 Floret Workshop (yay!) and it gives me such joy (and a little apprehension and overwhelm to start this amazing course). I am so excited to be sharing my time with such amazing individuals above. I have read all your stories and can’t wait to meet you all, and find out about your wins, and challenges. Dreams do come true, in their own time if you keep believing. Never give up!

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  2. Francisco Pancho on

    Such beautiful and inspiring stories, I am sure they will make the best of it and success will follow. Couldn’t help but notice the “incredibly diverse” group: 12/12 women, I would say the minotity in gardening are men! what would have happened if it had been the pther way around? hmmm not hard to imagine

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  3. Francisco Pancho on

    All of them beautiful and inspiring stories, I wish them the very best and lots os success.

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  4. Emily McDaniel on

    I’m not crying, YOU ARE! There’s just dust in the air — or something.

    Beautiful stories. All of them. I hope it is everything each of you need it to be.

    Kudos to Floret for letting your hearts lead.

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  5. Mary Black on

    What a wonderful worldwide group of gardeners!  Wishing all the best to all the creative, inspiring and thoughtful endeavors.  Hearty thanks to Erin and company for carrying the gifts and joy forward. Congratulations to all!

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  6. Patricia Wolfe on

    My heart sings when I read the stories of these amazing women. Flowers connect me to Mother Earth and to all those that feel that passion and soul connection. Congratulations to all of the scholarship winners. I know you will change our world for the better, and there is no better time than this!

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  7. Frances Kremer on

    Super excited that an Agricultural Instructor was selected for a scholarship!! Way to go and I hope you have opportunities to share this experience with as many others across your state and the US as you can. Let’s see a flower farming proficiency award for kids in the next few years!

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  8. Kay on

    Floret you touch the hearts and inspire people all over the world through your generosity of spirit, your passion is infectious in the most beautiful way. To those wonderful recipients whose life’s will be blessed by your Scholarship, congratulations and enjoy every minute X

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  9. Melinda Bourg on

    Congratulations to all the winners! You will learn so much from Erin and the team. It is a community and family that gives you the knowledge, love and support you need to make your dreams come true. Enjoy the journey!

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  10. KM on

    Huge congratulations to the winners! What inspiring and moving stories. I look forward to following their success in years to come!

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  11. Patricia on

    Congratulations to Floret and to the scholarship recipients. It is wonderful to see this aspect of Floret, planting the seeds of their harvest into women globally, empowering women and communities. A tremendous legacy!

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  12. Moni on

    Congratulations to the 2021 Floret scholarship winners. Floret team you have definitely chosen the best ones! i am amazed by their stories. have a magical time with flowers!

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  13. Staci Burtschi on

    This is so inspiring! Congrats to all the winners and best of luck as you all ontinue to touch and change lives through beautiful flowers!

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  14. Lindsay on

    Congratulations to all!! Keep on spreading the love – you all earned it ❤💐

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  15. Karen Merritt on

    Reading these stories has brought me tears of joy for all your recipients. I know that they will receive so many benefits from your wonderful online program. As a Georgia girl, I am thrilled to see that Whitney Jaye is among your attendees! We always need more flowers in Georgia! Thanks for all that you do at Floret. Your work has been so beneficial for the rest of the flower-loving world!

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  16. Christina on

    What powerful stories and words from all the winners. Congrats 2021 Floret Scholarship winners!

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  17. Georgia on

    Congratulations to all of you and much wonderful success in this learning journey and bless you all for wanting to give back❤️

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  18. Mercedes on

    Congratulations on this great adventure! I’m sure every second will be enjoyed.

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  19. Mavis on

    Congratulations to the 2021 Floret Scholarship winners. Enjoy & make it count.

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  20. June on

    And this is the exactly the thing that got my tears flowing this morning. Congratulations to all these beautiful souls and I wish much love and kindness for your future endeavors ❤️

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  21. Rose Skeels on

    Congratulations to all the winners and selection team. It looks like a great group of gardeners! 💐

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  22. Lisa H. Farfaglia on

    Congratulations to all of this years scholarship recipients! I applied for it myself and I am humbled and inspired by the beautiful stories of the winners! I am excited to join you all with my partial scholarship to change my life and share the beauty and power of flowers. I am so excited for all of us who are investing in ourselves through the Floret workshop.

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  23. Iris Flores on

    Congratulations to all the recipients. These stories are all so uplifting and powerful examples of strength and endurance when met by adversity. They are beautiful and inspiring and I think all are so deserving of your generosity. I hope they continue to change the world… through flowers and their hearts! Thanks for sharing!
    Iris, San Antonio, Texas

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  24. Terri Anne Flint on

    These stories are inspiring because they demonstrate such great hope! Just what I needed to read today.
    Thank you.

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  25. Jan Jaso on

    Congratulations! Thanks for filling the world with beauty!

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  26. Andrea Brown on

    Although I didn’t make it through, I’m excited to see folks with brown skin being given the opportunity to turn decades into days by working with a mentor. May their dreams become reality VERY soon as they share their talents with their communities and the world! How exciting! I’m more inspired to learn as much as I can to inspire other folks of color to bloom where they are planted. Well done all!

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  27. Mari Beth on

    Inspiration in a troubling 2020. Congratulations everyone. Thanks to Floret for bringing beauty to our planet in more ways than one!

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  28. Clarisse wilton on

    So happy and excited for these guys!! Live that you do scholarships!!
    2020 graduate

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  29. Jontal on

    Congratulations to you all! Wishing you ears and eyes that don’t miss a helpful detail, minds that retain the info until it is needed, and hands that will hold all the flowers, love and joy you’ll grow.

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  30. Lacie Robertson on

    Such inspiring stories! These ladies motivate me even more to keep growing. While I didn’t win, I might have squealed really loud when I saw and expert from my “Joy Jars” essay included! I’m even more determined than ever. Thanks!

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  31. Adrienne Plicka on

    Congratulations! Beautiful stories and inspiring generosity from Erin and her team.

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  32. Laura Kipp on

    Such lovely flower souls! I hope you all have great success!!

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  33. Danielle Bowman on

    How encouraging and special this group is! Kudos to the selection committee and congratulations to all the winners! It’s going to be a great group in this years workshop!

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  34. Tracy Olomi on

    A huge congratulations to all of this year’s recipients!

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  35. Laura Byrd Sanio on

    I just LOVE reading the inspirational stories about each of you. The hope and promise of new beginnings through the love of flowers is so uplifting, particularly in today’s world. I wish you all much success with your flower endeavors in the future!

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  36. Blake Goaziou on

    Congrats. May this opportunity be everything you have wished for and more!

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  37. Judith Rivera on

    Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients!

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  38. Stacy Bailey on

    Congratulations! You all are helping show the beauty in the world! Now , more than ever , we all need to see such caring !💐💐

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  39. Rhonda Bode on

    Erin thank you so much for sharing these wonderful and inspirational stories! Wow I just loved reading them all and feel a renewed energy to keep at it!! You are doing so much to fulfill dreams and hope for so many. Including myself. Your generosity is wonderful! Thank you!

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  40. Mattie on

    This thrills me to bloom again and again! Good luck to you all. And damn Erin, you rock.

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  41. Cassandra on

    Completely overjoyed to meet the recipients! Thank You Floret for the wonderful opportunity you have provided to them!

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  42. Jackie Wilkinson on

    Congratulations to the scholarship recipients! I wish them the best going forward.

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  43. Dorinda Olstad on

    What an amazing group of women! There’s no doubt that flower power is strong and brings such joy an happiness to so many! Congratulations to all these wonderful well deserved winners!

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  44. Moses on

    Wishing you all the best you can become.

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  45. Mellisa Kelliher on

    Congratulations to you all. Such a gift. I wish you all success and love!

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  46. Kate McKenna on

    So wicked to see you making the effort to include more Black and POC people!!

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  47. Tracee on

    I absolutely love the representation and the diversity in your scholarship selections! Hoping you continue in this direction.

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  48. Olivia on

    These all seem like wonderful flower-loving people. Great stories! Congrats everyone!

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