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I spent the first few years learning how to grow flowers largely through trial and error. I failed way more than I succeeded and for the first few years, I really thought about quitting every single day. I spent so many hours walking circles in our tiny garage while making thousands of mixed bouquets, waiting for the day I could finally leave the farm and go learn from others. Every time a class or workshop was announced my heart would ache because I just couldn’t afford it.

My future changed the day I got an email from one of my floral heroes, offering me a slot at an upcoming workshop. Having someone who I admired so deeply believe in me helped me believe in myself. That act of generosity felt like getting permission to finally go after all of the dreams that I had put on hold for so long.

I have tried my best to infuse her generous legacy into everything we do and our scholarship program is my very favorite way of paying it forward.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from anyone, from anywhere in the world, including but not limited to:

Dreamers
Students
Stay-at-home parents
Community gardens
Beginning growers
Farmers
Homeschool families
Nonprofit organizations
Hobbyists
Florists
Teachers
Therapy programs

Floret Scholarship Program

A needs-based scholarship for individuals & organizations

Since hosting our very first on-farm workshop in 2013, we’ve awarded hundreds of full and partial scholarships to individuals and organizations all around the world. Scholarship winners from diverse backgrounds and circumstances have taken what they’ve learned from the workshop to achieve their goals and give back to their communities in big ways and small.  

Floret scholarships are offered once per year. Sign up below to be notified about the next scholarship application period. 

At a Glance

Floret Scholarship program by the Numbers

125 +

Applicants from more than 125 countries

124

Number of full scholarships awarded

356

Number of partial scholarships awarded

14 – 71

Age range of scholarship recipients

Ashlee’s Story

Ashlee founded Brown Girl Farms with the belief that Black, queer female farmers deserve more representation and celebration in agriculture. In addition to a CSA, the farm grows and sells flowers to a local Black-owned cooperative grocery store.

After taking the Floret Online Workshop, Ashlee transformed and expanded the flower field at Brown Girl Farms so that they could provide even more bouquets to their community. “As a black-owned farm, we use our flower bouquets to spread a message of care and love to our community and to symbolize that as black people we deserve beauty, care, and protection.”

Ashlee Johnson-Geisse | Brown Girl Farms
California, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2022

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IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Beverly Boone Meek holding buckets of blooms
Beverly grew up on the land she now farms, which her parents purchased “after WWII with the help of a white man, the only way it could be done during Jim Crow.” She is determined to keep the land her family has held onto through grit and determination and is “committed to having a business that is … respectful of the land, community, and the planet.”
Beverly Boone Meek
Georgia, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Melika Tursic Musinovic with a bucket of cosmos blooms
Melika is the founder of Fotosinteza, a sustainable, eco-friendly flower farm in Bosnia and Herzegovina. While she initially only planned to grow flowers for herself, she fell in love with the process so much that she expanded and began growing more. Melika’s farm is the first of its kind in her country. She hopes to one day be able to sell seeds to other farmers in her area.
Melika Tursic Musinovic
Glavaticevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Clary Ager and her wife with handfuls of sunflowers
Clary and her wife Percy moved 3,000 miles to start a community flower farm and event space in Nova Scotia. As a Black, Queer, Disabled Woman, Clary and her wife are “creating a space for people like us to thrive in nature.” During their first season, the “diverse people who [we hosted] also proved to us there is a need for spaces that are inclusive and accessible.”
Nova Scotia, Canada Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Christina Calhoun Thielen with a handful of dahlias
Honey Hollow Blooms began when people started asking Christina how they could buy her flowers. Her business has grown and she had already begun planning for the 2024 growing season when she learned that her breast cancer had recurred after 9 years of being cancer-free. Despite this unexpected news, she remains positive for the season ahead. “My goal is to be alive and thriving next season.”
Christina Calhoun Thielen
Pennsylvania, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Melanie Wright with an armload of sunflowers
Melanie is a School Garden Educator and started Agape Farm “to spread love through food and flowers.” In addition to growing seasonal produce to fight food insecurity in her community, Agape Farm plans to offer a program called “Brown Girls Bloom” that “aims to provide girls a safe space to grow and bloom by learning about self-love and wellness through the practice of growing flowers.”
Melanie Wright
Maryland, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Jeff Chambers with a handful of blooms
Jeff began flower farming to fill his family’s home with colorful blooms. As his harvest grew, his wife began sharing arrangements, and Small Batch Floristry was born. At the same time, the business Jeff founded was struggling and eventually closed. He’s now ready to start anew. “[I]t’s something else entirely to grow the material, pour yourself into creativity, and have it received with open arms.”
Kansas, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Alexys Romo harvesting fruit at her farm
Alexys is the founder of Black Thumb Farm, which is “dedicated to empowering BIPOC teenagers … through farming and gardening.” Alexys’ own love for flowers blossomed from gardening with her grandfather. As she shares, “I make my grandpa proud when I show him all that we do. … The young people who come through our free programs experience the pure joy that comes with growing flowers.”
Alexys Romo
California, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Leanna Jojola with a handful of blooms
Leanna is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Isleta. The name of her business comes from the translation of her daughter’s name in the Tewa language. Leanna has farmed her entire life but has developed a fascination with flowers over the last 10 years, especially dahlias. She is the only flower farmer in her community, and is eager to learn how to maximize her growing space.
Leanna Jojola
New Mexico, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Victoria Edwards-Cotten with a handful of lisianthus
Victoria and her husband farm in the community where they were born and raised. They are two of only three young Black farmers in their town and serve on the boards of several nonprofits in their area that support BIPOC farmers. They plan to eventually grow flowers for their farm, CottenPicked, on land that Victoria’s great-grandmother purchased as a single Black woman more than 80 years ago.
Victoria Edwards-Cotten
North Carolina, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Courtney Small with a handful of dahlias
Courtney is a first-grade teacher who hopes to expand the garden at her elementary school. Her students love collecting flowers from the garden for bouquets and she hopes to continue this on an even bigger scale in the future. She believes that she has “the opportunity to make a big impact,” and hopes to one day sell flowers from the garden as a fundraiser for the school.
Courtney Small
Oak Elementary
Oregon, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Romi Hall standing behind a patch of zinnias
As Romi shares, “East Oak Bouquets was created to honor the East Oakland and Bay Area Black and Brown communities, steward land, and re-define what constitutes beautiful terroir.” In Romi’s experience, there are many little things that make her neighborhood a “wonderous and precious ecosystem.” Romi hopes to turn East Oak Bouquets into a “successful urban flower farm that brings neighbors together, cultivates pride, and creates opportunity.
California, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Michelle Cuevas with an armload of blooms
After experiencing a difficult postpartum with her fourth child, Michelle launched Amore Materno to offer support to women during their postpartum recovery. One of the services they provide is weekly flower deliveries. Amore Materno works mainly with low-income families and all of the services they offer are free. Michelle hopes to one day use the income from selling her cut flowers to support Amore Materno.
Michelle Cuevas
California, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Renata Ninello and her family with buckets of blooms
During the pandemic, Renata and her family began working on their dream of regenerating their land in southeast Brazil. “Our project is to reforest and transform our place into an ecological sanctuary for pollinators and a source of well-being for people, where new generations can learn about nature preservation.” Since then they’ve been participating in their local market with bouquets, herbs, and honey.
Renata Ninello
São Paulo, Brazil Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Marisa Vodanovich surrounded by her market bouquets
Marisa started Urban Floral Farmlet in 2021 after realizing that the people in her life were more important than her corporate career. Unfortunately, her first growing season coincided with a series of catastrophic weather events in New Zealand that hindered her new farm’s ability to produce a viable crop. Despite these setbacks, Marisa has become known as “Te Atatu Peninsula’s flower farmer.”
Marisa Vodanovich
Auckland, New Zealand Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Anneke van Elijkern with a handful of sweet peas
Anneke manages the gardens at St. Peter’s Hospice, which provides “help and support to adults living with a progressive life-limiting illness.” The Hospice grounds include beautiful, therapeutic gardens and Anneke plans to establish cut flower beds in the gardens next year. Flowers grown in the gardens will be used throughout the Hospice and will also be sold to raise money.
Anneke van Elijkern
Bristol, United Kingdom Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Claire Davison with a handful of blooms
Claire is a military wife who planted her garden to help heal the pain of losing twins. She believes in spreading kindness and feels that it is her “purpose in life to help other people develop to their fullest potential.” She would love to be able to offer bouquet subscriptions and workshops, and dreams of one day expanding into growing roses and peonies.
Northumberland, United Kingdom Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Heather Conn in front of a bed of tulips
Heather and her family began growing flowers as a therapeutic way of coping with her husband’s Stage IV cancer diagnosis. She wants her children, ages four and seven, to be “involved with the love and passion of growing organic flowers, vegetables, etc.” Even in their first year of growing, they’ve “seen how flowers have increased levels of positive energy, healing, joy, and stress relief.”
Heather Conn
Ontario, Canada Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Elisa Allen Arias at her farm
Elisa manages a diverse, regenerative farm on 1.2 acres in Baja California Sur. The local area is struggling with heavy gentrification, which is destroying its agricultural heritage. The farm is located in a community that “was designed to act as a forward-thinking model for other developments regarding water recycling, soil restoration, and using local materials for building.”
Elisa Allen Arias
Baja California Sur, Mexico Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Sue Cambridge with an armload of blooms
Sue’s dream is to be a full-time flower farmer. She has been working towards this goal since 2015, growing her cutting garden to a third of an acre and then a 7-acre farm lease. Working with flowers has always brought Sue joy. As she shares “At 69 I’m aware of the passage of time. I would love to keep doing this for another 10 years.”
Sue Cambridge
British Columbia, Canada Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Diana Codrean with an armload of hydrangea blooms
When the pandemic hit in 2020, Diana and her partner returned to their home country of Romania to make her dream of having a hydrangea farm a reality. They purchased over 1,600 hydrangea cuttings and found a beautiful spot. Their vision is to develop the land as organically as possible and ultimately make it into a creative center for the women in the village.
Diana Condrean
Bihor, Romania Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Stacy Jacobsen with a handful of blooms
Stacy is a conservationist who has worked with the National Park Service, directing seed collection work across Glacier National Park and others. She hopes to create a flower farm that features traditional and wildland blooms. As she says “I am excited to weave the elements of my rich background in conservation, seed ecology, native plants, art, teaching, and dharma into the heart of my flower business.”
Stacy Jacobsen
Windhorse Farm
Montana, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Heather Coulter in the garden with her children
After a career as a hospice/oncology nurse, Heather became a high school emotional support teacher. She works with students who have faced trauma, hardships, and mental health struggles. Gardening helped heal some of her own anxiety and depression and her vision is to “bring a therapeutic gardening program and agriculture to our .. students” to increase “their self-confidence as they learn to garden, grow, and use the harvest.”
Heather Coulter
Riverside High School
Pennsylvania, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Florentina Rodriguez
Florentina works as the farm manager at Eden’s Harvest, a regenerative urban farm whose mission is “to increase healthy, culturally appropriate food access through the concept of food sovereignty.” In addition to her work at Eden’s Harvest, Florentina has also started her own business, Flora Seeds, “to provide seed education and build/operate shared community resources like seed libraries.”
Florentina Rodriguez
Flora Seeds
Ohio, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Lauren Wise holding a bucket of blooms
For Lauren Wise, “a good day of gardening is a good day.” She and her husband remortgaged their home so they could build an addition for her elderly parents to move into. She grew up in her parents’ plant nursery and now loves gardening with her 90-year-old father. She hopes to use “the gift I was given by both my parents, my community, and my passion.”
New Hampshire, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2024
Rae Ehrlund
Rae is a Cherokee Nation tribal member and mother of three who was injured in a car accident. She “pushed through the pain, dizziness, and multiple physical therapy appointments … and achieved more than I could have dreamed.” She has been “asked by the local library to host classes … on growing cut flowers and arranging, which are free to the community.”
Rae Ehrlund
Virginia, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Caroline Michniak
Caroline and her partner Jared, who uses a wheelchair, run an urban flower farm out of their home in Detroit, Michigan. They are “dedicated to creating accessible growing spaces where accessibility includes people with disabilities and different levels of mobility.” They “used the floret books as our flower growing bibles and [are] so ecstatic to be a part of the class.”
Caroline Michniak
Michigan, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Kaytrenia Lee
KayTrenia is a single mother who has been teaching for 29 years. In 2020 a tornado destroyed her school and the gardens that she and her students had established. They “are currently rebuilding our entire school ... One of the main features of the new school will be a rooftop garden and raised beds to be used for learning purposes as well as campus beautification.”
KayTrenia Lee
Tennessee, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Aadila Kadwa
Aadila grows flowers while also working in her family business and raising her sons. She has been selling edible flowers for the past 2 years, which earns her a small income. She is hoping to “learn how to run a small scale farm efficiently and sustainably which can then further enable me to branch out into a large scale farm” in the Floret Online Workshop.
Aadila Kadwa
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Ayadejha Salyers
Dejh shares, “[m]y story is the story of so many children ... Poverty, abuse, and internalized inferiority led me to seek out ‘safety’ in a life and career where I was completely disconnected from myself.” Working in her garden helped her find a path back to herself. Her “mission is to help urban folks reconnect with the land—and in doing so with themselves.”
Dejh Salyers
Washington, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Jordan Goldsmith
Moonrose Farm offers vegetables for a CSA, a farm stand, and a flower program. Jordan has grown the flower program to account for over 50% of their income. Moonrose Farm’s work-share program is “a hands-on learning experience where we share our farming knowledge while providing a safe, affirming community for all, especially LGBTQ+ and BIPOC.”
Jordan Goldsmith
Massachusetts, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Reid Andrew
At 14 years old, Reid watched Growing Floret and “for the first time in years … felt a joy that was missing in life.” They asked their parents if they could turn their backyard into a flower garden, and they said yes! They worked hard to save up the money they needed for supplies and now have 400 sq ft filled with flowers.
Reid Andrew
Colorado, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Sergii Molchanov
Sergii and his partner started planting their ranunculus on the same day that Russia attacked Ukraine. At first, he wondered why he was planting flowers in the midst of an invasion, but people told him that his flowers helped them feel that life would still go on. For Sergii, “it was a huge impulse to … not give up. And we did not.”
Sergii Molchanov
Kyiv Region, Ukraine Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Stephanie Davie
Stephanie and her family have a small dairy farm. Her son was born with serious health issues and she lost herself as she cared for him. Her passion for flowers was ignited when she brought a bouquet to her son’s hospice nurses. She’s since grown and sold flowers to raise money for others suffering from loss, including $31,000 for her son’s hospice center.
Stephanie Davie
British Columbia, Canada Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Crispin Korschen
Crispin dreamt of establishing a large cutting garden but wasn’t able to afford the land until a dear friend gifted her a plot. She’s faced some health challenges and has found that “[b]eing on the land, growing, and focusing on daily changes is such a beautiful way to maintain” the joy of everyday life. “It is such a fulfilling way to live.”
Crispin Korschen
North Island, New Zealand Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Connie Johnson
Connie is a military combat veteran who began growing flowers as a form of therapy. She believes the Floret Online Workshop “will give me guidance on how to achieve my dreams of healing others thru flowers.” She wants to “be the best flower farmer I can be, not just for me but for those that are having difficulty finding the words in times of distress.”
Connie Johnson
South Dakota, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Mara Healy
Mara began growing flowers after losing her mom, who always had a garden bursting with color. She is driven by “principles of stewardship, equal access to natural beauty, and community,” which have helped shape her business Burfoot Flowers. She “started building an amazing CSA membership of flower friends who share my beliefs” and plans to “continue to share with my community.”
Washington, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Sallyann Burtenshaw
Sallyann and her son dreamed of opening a tea house and garden, but he passed away from cancer before they were able to make their dream a reality. Sallyann has continued on with Little Paddocks, but bushfires and floods have set back her progress. She plans to expand the garden at Little Paddocks so that she can support youth in her local Indigenous community.
Sallyann Burtenshaw
NSW, Australia Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Ethan Roe
Ethan works at Legacy Farms, a non-profit organization that provides on-the-job mentorship for neurodiverse individuals after high school. They hope to be able to expand “to become self-sustaining and to have the ability to offer full-time positions, more paid apprenticeships, and educational training. We plan to acquire more land to grow more volume, thereby allowing us to sell more shares, wholesale flowers, and individual bouquets.”
Ethan Roe
Virginia, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Kara Macy
Kara is the grower-potter behind Bountifully, LLC. “Since day one, Bountifully has proudly given back 10% of proceeds to local food banks and community garden programs.” Kara knows that the Floret Online Workshop will allow her to continue to reinvest in her community by “providing employment opportunities, empowering hurting families, creating joy through beauty, and inspiring others to use their gifts bountifully.”
Kansas, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Becky Drennen
In 2021, Rebecca planted her first cutting garden and shortly thereafter lost her 10-year-old son, Micaiah, in a fire that destroyed her home. She “would like to create a small farm where families could come to cut their own blooms. Invite them to also enjoy the buzzing of the bees and the earth beneath their feet, just like Micaiah did.”
Rebecca Drennen
Ohio, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Vanessa Hall
Ness just finished her 5th season growing using no-till methods on her 3,000-sq-ft plot. She has a genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and has to manage her farm tasks around pain flares and other symptoms. She wants to “create a thriving business for myself that can support my family, and allow for my bodily autonomy.”
Ontario, Canada Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Karina Krolak
Karina has a small urban garden in Warsaw where she shares crops with friends in need. She calls it “the secret task of my garden. They can’t know that I grow food specially for them.” Karina dreams of having a little flower farm where she can “host classes with children and people who want a break from the city.”
Karina Królak
Good Farm
Masovian District, Poland Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Maria Laughlin
Special Growers is a nonprofit herb and flower farm whose staff is primarily made up of disabled young adults. “A safe and inclusive work environment is provided where our staff can learn job skills and gain confidence for future careers.” Maria plans to use the Floret Online Workshop to further her legacy—“I feel a great responsibility to carry on this legacy long after I retire.”
Maria Laughlin
Tennessee, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Yulia Zavalniuk
Yulia was attending a flower and garden exhibition when she learned that her home had been attacked by Russia. When she returned, she found a “burned down building with equipment and tools and flower beds full of weeds.” Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she realized “that I have a lot of work to do this season and sooo much motivation!”
Yulia Zavalniuk
Kyiv, Ukraine Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Anatasia Murdoch
Anatasia is a member of the Queensland Dahlia Society and is locally known as the “dahlia lady.” She often hosts events for new flower farmers. She is “willing to teach and spread the knowledge within [her] local community” and feels “that the Floret course will give me extra invaluable information to be able to better help not only myself but other local start-up businesses.”
Anatasia Murdoch
NSW, Australia Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Amy Morrison
Amy teaches horticulture and floral design and has a flower business. The “small successes” she’s had from "trying things” have “spilled into my classroom and invigorated my students.” Amy shares, “our younger generation is excited and eager to learn about plants and how to make a living working in this industry. … [T]his workshop [will] make me a better teacher by expanding my knowledge.”
Washington, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
Svetlana Rodina
Svetlana spent every summer farming with her grandmother in Russia. She dreamt of having a small plant workshop but was forced to leave Russia. The transition has been challenging—“This difficult road lacks beauty and wonder.” She plans to sell flowers to help provide for her family and will also donate bouquets to “refugees, like us. I will pay special attention to mothers because I know how hard and difficult it is.”
Svetlana Rodina
California, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2023
2021 Floret Online Workshop Scholarship winner Anne-Katrin Beuthel
Anne-Katrin owns an organic flower farm in Kosovo, where she employs women who would otherwise have difficulty finding jobs. She hopes “to extend the farm further (with all the techniques I learned from you), empowering more women. Even though I was experienced in growing, I took away quite a number of efficiency and marketing strategies that I will implement from this season on!”
Anne-Katrin Beuthel
Barilevë, Kosovo Floret Online Workshop Class of 2021
Moo Kho Paw
Moo Kho’s family farmed in Burma for generations before the army clashed with her ethnic group and they were forced to flee. After moving to North Carolina, she began working at Transplanting Traditions, a nonprofit farm for refugees. She discovered her love of flower farming and began selling bouquets. “My customers are happy and want more flowers. Growing flowers heals my body and mind.”
North Carolina, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2020
Donna Shelter
Donna is a groundskeeper in the Kansas City area. She also teaches a groundskeeper course at a local prison because it is an area of work that is readily available for men who are reentering society from the prison system. She hopes to start a cutting garden at a property she maintains and use the proceeds to pay for training materials for the groundskeeper program.
Donna Shetler
Missouri, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2022
Christy Ralphs
Christy started Nourish Gardens after leaving teaching to care for her husband who had received a serious cancer diagnosis. Her trial patch brought her joy, learning, and connection. At the time, the seasonal flower movement in New Zealand was in its infancy, so she set up a private Facebook group to connect, share knowledge with, and help support other growers across the country.
Christy Ralphs
Waiheke Island, New Zealand Floret Workshop Class of 2018
Edward Hickerson
Edward is the only minority and first-generation farmer in his small town in Kentucky. Flowers have helped him grow, heal, and become a better person. “I fell in love with everything flowers have to offer and truly felt like … I had found the missing link in my life. After serving three tours in Iraq, flowers have become my refuge in the fight against PTSD.”
Edward Hickerson
Little Love Flower Co. and Hickerson Veggies
Kentucky, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2022
Danielle Grandholm
Danielle started Rising Kites following the birth of her daughter, who has Down syndrome. “Rising Kites provides bags of encouragement and education to hospitals, birthing centers, and prenatal clinics that can be immediately distributed to parents who have just learned that their child has a diagnosis of Down syndrome.” Danielle’s cutting garden provides a large portion of the funding for Rising Kites.
Danielle Grandholm
Michigan, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2022
2021 Floret Online Workshop Scholarship winner Mandy Curry
Mandy is an agriculture teacher at a school in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. She began teaching her students about cut flowers so that they would be familiar with something beyond inexpensive bulk flowers. “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.”
Mandy Curry
Central High School
Virginia, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2021
2021 Floret Online Workshop Scholarship winner Jenelle Hills
Jenelle turned her edible flower business into one of the first fresh-cut flower farms in Trinidad and Tobago. She plans to use her farm to give back to her community. “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.”
Jenelle Hills
South Trinidad and Tobago Floret Online Workshop Class of 2021
Kelly Gonzalez
Kelly planted her garden in the aftermath of the devastation and destruction caused by Hurricane Maria. Together with volunteers, she cleared and converted a lot she’d previously used for her food truck and began growing zinnias, cosmos, and other pollinator-friendly plants. That process allowed her “to experience the positive impact flowers have on people … and from that moment on I couldn’t stop growing flowers.”
Kelly Kellogg Gonzalez
Divina Natura
Puerto Rico, United States Floret Workshop Class of 2019
Rosie Oscar
After moving to a small farm, Rosie and Oscar started a roadside stall to sell their excess produce. Initially, farming was a hobby, but when Rosie lost her job they needed to make the farm a business. They expanded their flower patch and began selling flowers at a city market. “Flowers found us. Daily we see people uplifted by the medicine that homegrown flowers bring.”
Rosie & Oscar Winter
Piccadilly, Australia Floret Workshop Class of 2018
Antonio V
Antonio has always loved flowers but was told at an early age that they weren’t something that boys played with. Although he didn’t pursue a career in floral design, he continued gardening and making bouquets from his small cutting garden. Soon he was selling out at farmers' markets nearly every week. Now he’s “show[ing] the world that boys DO in fact play with flowers!”
Ontario, Canada Floret Workshop Class of 2016
Leslie Power
Sundown Ranch serves adolescents with drug and alcohol addiction. Leslie and her team are working on a long-term solution for clients who have no stable home to return to and few job skills. The solution depends on growing and selling cut flowers to florists, farmers' markets, and a U-pick flower stand. The Floret Workshop will help them get closer to implementing their solution.
Leslie Power
Texas, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2022
Max Vanderbroek and Hayley Roberts
Max and his partner Hayley operate a 2-acre organic vegetable and flower farm near Nashville. They dreamt of growing ranunculus, larkspur, dahlias, and poppies, but weren’t sure where to start—every seed purchase felt like a make or break moment. “The workshop really helped us with efficiency and timing. Having all the right ingredients made growing and selling a breeze.”
Max VanderBroek & Hayley Roberts
Tennessee, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2019
2021 Floret Online Workshop Scholarship winner Erica Watson
When the dairy farming industry in New South Wales began experiencing challenges, Erica started selling flowers to contribute financially to her family’s dairy farm. She is passionate about offering beautiful, seasonal, local flowers as an alternative to her community. The support has been overwhelming and she’s found it difficult to keep up with demand. “Flowers are my love letter to my town.”
New South Wales, Australia Floret Online Workshop Class of 2021
Tracy Dove
Tracy is a special education teacher and runs the school garden program. She dreamed of growing flowers and finally found a home with a backyard. She plans to create a year-round garden for children with special needs. “My garden will not be a for-profit business. I solely want to create an experience that is out of reach for a specific population that is often forgotten.”
Tracy Dove
Washington D.C., United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2022
2021 Floret Online Workshop Scholarship winner Ana Maria Spinu
Ana Maria grew up in Romania under a regime that confiscated food crops from farmers. Her grandmother helped support her family by growing food and flowers. Ana plans to share a portion of the flowers she grows with the large elderly population in her community to “bring the joy of flowers to someone’s grandparent, just like my grandma did for me years ago.”
Ana Maria Spinu
Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Floret Online Workshop Class of 2021
Rosie Gray
Rosie grew up gardening, but chose a ‘sensible’ career path and didn’t begin selling flowers until later in life. Her business, Galloway Flowers, was growing, but she needed a “major rethink” to make the leap to profitably selling thousands of stems a year. “At 59, I’m impatient and ready to learn more to create a strong foundation for my later years.”
Dumfries & Galloway, United Kingdom Floret Online Workshop Class of 2019
Farah Altamimi
In Jordan, flowers are a luxury that the average household cannot afford. Farah’s goal as the first cut flower farmer in her country is to produce enough locally grown flowers to make them a “daily treat available to all.” “Being from a region of the world plagued with war and pain, NOW is the time for cultivating hope and beauty around us through positive energy.”
Farah Altamimi
Amman, Jordan Floret Workshop Class of 2018
Becky Shaffer
Becky is the founder of Saving Grace, an organization that serves girls who have aged out of the foster care system or are homeless. They are excited to be adding new opportunities to their program, including a flower farm. “We believe good experiences heal bad experiences and want to give these young women every opportunity to break the cycle of poverty for generations to come!”
Becky Shaffer
Arkansas, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2022
Mike Bolio
Mike runs a therapeutic farming and gardening program for adults with autism and developmental disabilities. Since completing the Floret Workshop, he’s helped the program create a flower CSA, which “was a big first step into turning the farming program into a business, and allowed us to turn what used to be a volunteer job into a paying job for the individuals that attend the program.”
Massachusetts, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2019
Juliette Flowers
Dinar and Julia are at the forefront of the flower-farming movement in Russia and are breaking stereotypes people have about local farms. They left their city lives and began growing flowers after their second child was born. After selling their first flowers, they realized “this is it! I love being able to give people joy and it inspires me every day.”
Dinar and Julia Mukhamadeeva
Juliette Flowers
Ryazan, Russia Floret Workshop Class of 2019
Deanna Petit-gas
Deanna began selling flowers after she had to leave her teaching career in her late thirties due to profound hearing loss from a condition called Auto-immune Inner Ear Disease. She makes small bouquets to sell at her roadside farm stand via an honor jar system. Her “goal is to share my love of flowers and put beauty out into the world at an affordable price.”
Deanna Petit-gas
British Columbia, Canada Floret Online Workshop Class of 2020
Sharon Kamau Ledwaba
Kenya is one of the world’s largest exporters of cut flowers, but the low wages paid to women are barely enough to provide for their families. Sharon’s non-profit organization, Neloshan International, works with small-scale cooperatives that provide training and business skills development to single mothers. It also purchases flowers from those cooperatives at a fair market rate and puts all profits back into the organization.
Sharon Kamau-Ledwaba
Nakuru, Kenya Floret Online Workshop Class of 2020
Sarah Dolan
Sarah started Rising Tide Farm to help her community become more sustainable. Living in an area accessible only by ferry or plane, they rely on goods being shipped in from afar. Sarah initially sold plant starts in the spring but planned to expand her flower farm to include a U-pick patch and sell seasonal flowers to local florists who don’t currently have any local suppliers.
Sarah Dolan
Alaska, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2020
Traci Ward
When the pandemic hit, Traci knew she and her daughter needed more space. They moved to a new home with a backyard where Traci planned to grow flowers to use with the vases and planters she creates for her business, Plant + Vessel. The Floret Workshop allowed her to continue her education while “at home, working on my pottery, starting a cutting garden, and raising my daughter.”
Traci Ward
Texas, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2021
2021 Floret Online Workshop Scholarship winner Olga Karpenko
Olga began growing flowers as a way of dealing with the stress of her intense marketing job. When her family relocated to the country, she planned to transform her small plot into one of the country’s first seasonal cut flower farms. Her dream is to see bunches of cornflowers, which are part of the official symbol of her land, in every local flower shop.
Olga Karpenko
Brest Region, Belarus Floret Online Workshop Class of 2021
Chloe Roy
Chloe is the founder of Flora Mama, the first organic flower farm in the Quebec area. The farm specializes in the bio-intensive method, which is focused on long-term sustainability. The Floret Workshop gave Chloe more confidence in both the field and her design studio. She and her team are now sharing their knowledge in hopes of inspiring other flower farmers in the area.
Chloe Roy
Quebec, Canada Floret Workshop Class of 2014
Masami Lavault
After growing flowers while living abroad, Masami returned home intending to create the first urban flower farm in Paris. The process was difficult, but she finally received the keys to a council-owned plot in the city center. Receiving a Floret Scholarship gave her the “feeling that I was being given a chance to go for it, chase my dream, and make it happen.”
Masami Lavault
Paris, France Floret Workshop Class of 2018
2019 Floret Online Workshop Scholarship winner Aki Nakamura
Old Grove Orange has been in Aki’s family for five generations. It’s one of the last working farms in the L.A. basin that’s open to visitors. When an invasive species threatened the farm’s citrus grove, Aki decided to expand into cut flowers. She’s used what she learned in the Floret Online Workshop to launch a cut flower business to help save her family’s farm.
Aki Nakamura
California, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2019
Peter Davis
Peter teaches Urban Farming at Charlottesville High School and hoped to expand the school’s student-run business to include cut flowers. “I know they would love the adventure of including more cut flowers into our program.” Peter was already using Floret in his teaching and knew that the workshop “could truly take our program to the next level and inspire a future generation of farmers.”
Virginia, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2020
Maggie Smith
Maggie is the owner of Pine State Flowers, the only flower shop in North Carolina that exclusively sources locally-grown flowers. She worked tirelessly to build her business, with little time left to invest in herself. “The workshop was a breath of fresh air—to be able to press pause, enjoy being surrounded by so much beauty, and learn some valuable skills.”
North Carolina, United States Floret Workshop Class of 2017
Akousa Asare
Akosua, a military spouse, and her family grow produce and flowers on their 1,000-square-foot farm, re:Planted Urban Farm. It’s the only flower farm within a one-hour drive of her town. They plan to launch a program to donate bouquets to seniors living alone. It is Akosua’s hope that “each bouquet will bring peace and joy into every heart and home they enter.”
Ontario, Canada Floret Online Workshop Class of 2022
Sandra Gouel
Sandra was preparing for the upcoming season when wildfires came and burned everything to the ground. Despite losing so much, the first thing she did “was re-run irrigation lines and get water to my garden and the trees around it. Everything is gone, but 75% of my garden survived and is thriving.” She hoped the Floret Workshop would help her bounce back better and stronger.
Sandra Gouel
Firelight Farm
British Columbia, Canada Floret Online Workshop Class of 2022
Jamie Sammons
Before receiving her scholarship, Jamie had been saving up for tuition for 3 years but had always needed to use the money she’d saved for farm expenses. Attending the Workshop “strengthened my desire to farm and give back to the community. My goal is to focus more on helping others and to give back the education and inspiration that was so kindly given to me.”
Jamie Sammons
California, United States Floret Workshop Class of 2016
2021 Floret Online Workshop Scholarship winners Karen and Beauty
Karen and her family are raising angora goats on their farm in South Africa, but have expanded into cut flowers. Beauty is an integral part of their team and family. They completed the Floret Workshop together in hopes of giving Beauty a second chance in life and an opportunity to provide for her extended family. Their goal is to inspire hope in their community.
Karen Quayle and Beauty Sibanda
Greyton, South Africa Floret Online Workshop Class of 2021
Michael Card
When Michael’s professional career ended, he started selling veggies and fruit from a roadside stand. After reading Cut Flower Garden, he dedicated part of his field to flowers and found he enjoyed growing them. “I find flowers help us find the emotions that in this age get buried. There’s nothing the world needs more right now than finding that depth and meaning.”
Michael Card
New Hampshire, United States Floret Workshop Class of 2019
Jenn Henry
Jenn was preparing to launch her floral design business when she attended the Floret Workshop. She hoped to one day become a successful farmer-florist and “create honest and natural designs using healthy blooms, wild twisting vines, and fresh lush foliage,” but needed the confidence to get started. She “left the workshop with much more than a little self-esteem. I headed home with a plan.”
Virginia, United States Floret Workshop Class of 2015
Matt Diemer
In 2019, Matt left his job to stay home with his three boys. He wanted to show them “what it means … to not get swept up in others’ definitions of success.” He converted his backyard and began selling seasonal flowers. The Floret Workshop “was a key turning point in my career. It wasn’t just a little boost; it was rocket fuel.”
Matt Diemer
Colorado, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2019
Grazia Aolinares
Grazia started her flower farm on land that her husband’s grandfather rescued from coal mining operations. While many others in the area have left in search of better opportunities, Grazia and her family are breaking the cycle of generational land abandonment. They’ve dedicated their time and resources to growing seasonal flowers on their land in hopes of staying connected to it.
West Virginia, United States Floret Workshop Class of 2019
Paulette LeMieux
Paulette almost put her vegetable garden on the back burner when her granddaughter Bella came to live with her. Bella does not recognize social cues and has a hard time communicating, but Paulette noticed that Bella came alive when she was in the garden. She hopes to incorporate cut flowers into her garden and eventually start a series of workshops where people can communicate through flowers.
Paulette LaMieux
Idaho, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2022
2021 Floret Online Workshop Scholarship winner Nethmie Rathnayake
When Nethmie’s family had to sell their home in Sri Lanka to escape the civil war, they left behind the land they’d farmed for generations. Years later, she received an allotment in her English village and planted her own flower garden. “Because of Floret’s scholarship, I can now continue our family legacy and create a meaningful career from my passion and love for growing flowers.”
Nethmie Rathnayake
England, United Kingdom Floret Online Workshop Class of 2021
Jenna Hill
Jenna grew up in a religious organization that separated children from their parents and used them for hard labor. She had been forced to plant trees, dig trenches, and put in irrigation systems. She now grows flowers, which allows her to be with her own kids, something she desperately missed growing up. She sells her flowers in arrangements that she places in handcrafted ceramic vases.
Jenna Hill
California, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2022
Flora Brown
Frinklepod Farm is named after a character in a book Flora’s children love. The book discusses “the need to maintain a healthy balance between humans and nature,” which is something Flora and her family are deeply committed to. She emphasizes sustainability and accessibility in her work. “I want people to LOVE flowers and I want to make them accessible to everyone, both financially and aesthetically.”
Flora Brown
Maine, United States Floret Workshop Class of 2015
Liz Spencer
Liz is an artist, gardener, mother, and owner of The Dogwood Dyer. For the past 10 years, she has focused on natural dyeing and transforming textiles with color from plants. Liz plans to expand her garden with drought-tolerant, native species dye plants and teach others the art of natural dyes that don’t have a detrimental effect on the environment.
Liz Spencer
California, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2022
Kylie Lewis
Kylie became her sister’s guardian while she was a 21-year-old college student studying sustainable agriculture. “Becoming her guardian made me want to be my best self. Farming expedited the journey. Farming tenders strength, determination, and hope.” She’s now using what she learned in the Floret Workshop to grow flowers for weddings, special events, and bouquet subscriptions on a ¼-acre plot.
Kylie Lewis
Full Moon Flower Farm
Washington, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2020
Inna and Konstantin
Inna and Konstantin dreamed of having space to grow seasonal flowers. They finally made their dream a reality and purchased a 3-acre flower farm near Moscow. They are among the first flower farmers in Russia, so they were excited to connect with and learn from Floret’s worldwide community. They have big goals for their future and want their flower business to become their life story.
Inna and Konstantin Zvezdina
Moscow, Russia Floret Workshop Class of 2018
2021 Floret Online Workshop Scholarship winner Shannon Kimmel
Shannon is a mother of a son with special needs. After his diagnosis, Shannon quit her job to be home with him. She started a business growing and selling flowers and began volunteering with the local community garden. Using what she learned in the Floret Workshop, she was “able to plan, grow, and sell … within a time frame that worked for my life.”
Shannon Kimmel
Idaho, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2021
Kjesten Essue
Kjesten’s family had just started their flower farm when the Dixie Fire tore through the community destroying countless homes. “We need beauty like never before, and I have deep clarity that flowers are the direction I need to take our small farm. Creating beauty is an act of love. Right now the land needs our love and we need to share that beauty with one another.”
California, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2022
Heather McGuire
Heather left her flower farm dream behind when her husband Bob died suddenly of sepsis during the pandemic. “But the garden, the flowers kept their beauty, kept growing and thriving; never giving up. They coaxed us back to life bit by bit. Showed us that life goes on.” She is now working to set up Heather Farms “as a real business” to honor Bob’s legacy.
Heather McGuire
Heather Farms Fresh Cut Flowers
Florida, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2022
2021 Floret Online Workshop Scholarship winner Laura Ruggles
When Laura had to move her grandmother into an assisted living facility, she began growing flowers so she could bring her bouquets. The flowers often brought back memories and inspired meaningful conversations between the two. Laura’s dream is to start a bouquet subscription service for seniors. “I’ve seen how a bouquet can bring such joy to a senior.”
Laura Ruggles
Oregon, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2021
Teigan Priest
Teigan’s small rural community in Australia had been greatly impacted by bushfires, so she started a small flower farm to bring the community together and provide locals with job opportunities. Currently, the only sources for flowers are hours away, so there is high demand for local flowers. The village has been incredibly supportive of the farm because of what it could mean.
Teigan Priest
Canberra, Australia Floret Online Workshop Class of 2022
2021 Floret Online Workshop Scholarship winner Whitney Jaye
Sunbird Flowers began as a passion project but quickly grew to become the only Black-owned local flower supplier in the Atlanta area. “The scholarship was meaningful because it gave me access to the information I needed to jump into flowers. It also felt like validation that what we wanted to do was actually a ‘thing’—that someone else believed our flower dreams were worthy of investment.”
Whitney Jaye
Georgia, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2021
Stephanie Swiderski
Stephanie is a first-generation farmer and single mom who sells vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers. She started out growing vegetables and added flowers “mainly to attract beneficial insects but quickly fell in love.” She sometimes struggles with the demands of running a farm and business, but her “passion and drive gets me back up and I’m out cutting flowers in the morning again.”
Stephanie Swiderski
New Jersey, United States Floret Workshop Class of 2019
Paw Wah Tamla
Paw Wah and her family came to the U.S. from Burma/Myanmar in 2008 as refugees. They joined New Roots for Refugees, a program that teaches refugees agricultural skills so that they can become independent farmers and business owners. Paw Wah and her family took what they learned and created Ki Koko farm (“two sisters”), which they eventually expanded to include cut flowers.
Paw Wah Tamla
Kansas, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2021
Susan Walsh
Susan is a self-described “71-year-old great-grandma, who’s organically gardened since 1974, in excellent health, strong, energetic, and loves to grow flowers and share her love of growing with others.” Proving that you’re never too old to start growing flowers, Susan expanded her garden and planted more than 200 dahlias, and began selling them to flower shops and designers in her area.
Minnesota, United States Floret Workshop Class of 2019
Becca Blue
Becca spent much of her childhood outdoors learning about nature and its different colors and textures. She specializes in natural and lush arrangements and works with as many local flowers as possible. For her, the biggest takeaway from the Floret Workshop was “self-discovery, on a multitude of levels. I will never be the same.”
Illinois, United States Floret Workshop Class of 2014
Margaret Gino
Margaret planted gardens for each of her children with specific flowers capturing who they were in the botanical world. 25 years later, she re-devoted herself to her gardening passions after going through a divorce. “After receiving a scholarship to the Floret Online Workshop, I can honestly say my life drastically changed. It was the catalyst to ‘living’ and ‘believing’ in the good again.”
Margaret Gino
Massachusetts, United States Floret Workshop Class of 2019
Camila Kilch and Marianne Mogendorff
Marianne and Camila have a successful micro flower farm in North London and needed to increase their production to meet demand. Their desire to grow their business was strengthened after teaching workshops on sustainable floristry to women who had experienced human trafficking. The Floret Workshop gave them “the tools to apply the learning to help us—and to enable others, in the future—to meet this demand.”
Marianne Mogendorff & Camila Klich
England, United Kingdom Floret Online Workshop Class of 2020
Grace Alexander
In addition to being a flower farmer, Grace is also a clinical psychologist in the U.K. She began growing flowers in her cottage’s garden for her own mental health and was soon completely hooked. She loves sharing her flowers with others and “the emotional impact on people of beauty, the memories of scent and of colour that touch something important.”
Somerset, United Kingdom Floret Workshop Class of 2017
Katie Koch
Katie has been growing flowers since she was a child and now rents and farms a ⅓ of an acre. After going through a series of hard life transitions, Katie was determined to “figure out how to make my business profitable to sustain a life for my son and me. I want nothing more than to be a successful farmer-florist and model that for my son.”
Katie Koch
California, United States Floret Workshop Class of 2018
Charlotte Chastain
Charlotte is a mom of three who started her flower farm on a shoestring budget. She had just wrapped up her first growing season, was filled with questions, and was looking for mentorship when she received her scholarship. The Floret Workshop “contributed directly to me and my family being able to follow our hearts, and set out on the path to experiencing our dreams.”
Charlotte Chastain
California, United States Floret Workshop Class of 2016
Pamela Ronson
Pamela worked as a farmhand for 10 years before realizing she was destined to be a flower farmer. She hopes to use her small-scale farm to educate her customers about native flowers and seed-saving banks. Many in her area have a desire to grow their own food but don’t have access to the necessary resources. “By investing in me, you empower a whole city.”
Pamela Ronson
Michigan, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2021
2021 Floret Online Workshop Scholarship winner Mavis Zvobgo
When Mavis and her husband inherited a small farm near Masvingo, Zimbabwe she decided to start a flower business to earn extra money to pay for the school fees for her two children. Her first goal was to become the first grower-supplier in the area to provide flowers for weddings, funerals, and other special events. “Flowers were made to beautify this difficult world.”
Mavis Zvobgo
Masvingo, Zimbabwe Floret Online Workshop Class of 2021
Joanna Letz
Joanna’s business was at a crossroads when she attended the Floret Workshop. She knew the life she had created operating her farm was what she wanted, but also knew that she needed to reassess things to grow sustainably—for both herself and the planet. The Workshop gave her “the confidence to grow as a business, and to grow on a personal level.”
Joanna Letz
California, United States Floret Workshop Class of 2017
Peggy Giertz
Peggy is a biologist and gardener who lives in northeast Germany. She created Biozuechtergarten to focus on seed production, breeding, and experiments with flowers and herbs. She dreams of one day owning her own piece of land. Peggy’s goal is to learn how to grow better cut flowers and in turn focus on breeding and seed production to offer to farmers in her region.
Peggy Giertz
Brandenburg, Germany Floret Online Workshop Class of 2022
Janie Beuthin
While others moved from Flint, Michigan due to crime and the city’s contaminated water, Janie remained committed to her hometown and created Twig End Farm in the heart of downtown. “I am rooted to this place; with every seed I put into the soil, with every plant I divide, I’m creating change. I want to bring to Flint as much good as I can.”
Janie Beuthin
Michigan, United States Floret Workshop Class of 2019
Christina Wickeraad
Christina has always loved being outside in the garden and eventually found her way to cut flowers. She loves seeing the joy on people’s faces when they are given a bouquet of flowers she’s grown. In addition to running her own business, Christina volunteers at a horse rescue that started a cut flower garden in order to donate bouquets to hospitals and nursing homes.
Christina Wickeraad
California, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2022
Melissa Law
Melissa is one of four owners of Bumbleroot Farm in Maine, where they grow organic vegetables and flowers. They’re committed to making a positive impact in their community and donate veggies and flowers to local nonprofits. Melissa felt it was possible to be a certified organic flower farm and grow an array of flowers year-round, but needed support and guidance to make that happen.
Maine, United States Floret Workshop Class of 2019
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