Double Down On Floral Gifts This Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day you can double down on the floral love you give. Grab a floral bouquet (Certified American Grown of course) and purchase tickets to an upcoming American Grown Field to Vase Dinner.

Photo by Carrie McCluskey Photography

Think of it as a flowers-now-flower-experience-later gift!

 

Click on the image above to hear how our guests think a Field to Vase Dinner is one of the best date nights ever!

 

We’ve got dinner scheduled April through October across the U.S., so there’s sure to be a date and location that are just right for you and your valentine.

Photo by Carrie McCluskey Photography

For the last five years, hundreds of couples have made an American Grown Field to Vase Dinner their ultimate date night!

You can, too!

But reserve your seats soon! Tickets for every single stop are going fast.

Give your valentine the twice the floral love!

Photo by Carrie McCluskey Photography.

 

Photo by Liraz Photography.

 

Photos by Carrie McCluskey Photography.

 

Photo by Eye Connoisseur Photography

 

 

 

Designer Kelly Shore Unveils ‘A Year of American Grown Bouquets’

Passion Project Shows What Can Be Designed 365 Days a Year With Domestic Blooms 

Kelly Shore, recently featured in an ad in Florists Review, highlighting her commitment to Certified American Grown Flowers as a promise she can build her business on.

At the start of 2018, floral designer Kelly Shore challenged herself to spend the year designing with the highest percentage of American Grown Flowers possible. It was a personal effort on her part to see exactly what was achievable with flowers sourced exclusively from U.S. flower farms.

And her connections to Certified American Grown farms as a designer for the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour and the First Lady’s Luncheon, along with her participation in the group’s annual fly-in to Washington, D.C., help paved the way for what would come next.

Kelly Shore with freshly cut flowers arranged on the farm at Plantmasters in Maryland. Photo by Susie & Becky.

Sure, her goal to use more Certified American Grown Flowers was public, but she was privately working on (and funding) another project that came to light at the start of 2018.

Each month, Shore, owner and lead designer at Petals by the Shore in Maryland, designed and photographed a bride’s bouquet created entirely with American Grown flowers and foliage. She describes the project as an experiential exercise to help her learn what grows 365 days a year in the U.S.

“I’m an experiential learner and actively making change with a hands-on approach is the only way I knew I would learn how to confidently make the change I wanted to. So I began the project ‘A Year of American Grown bouquets.’ My work with Certified American Grown inspired the undertaking – meeting the farmers, hearing their stories, that meant everything. And having those people connections was important, and motivating. ”

Kelly Shore has traveled to Alaska to design with the peonies growing there. She was the featured floral designer at the 2017 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner at Scenic Place Peonies in Homer, Alaska. Photo by Joshua Veldstra.

Every month, Shore picked an unconventional color palette – think lavender and blue in December, orange and yellow in February – and sourced all floral materials from American flower farmers.

She worked closely with wholesaler DVFlora and also reached out personally to source flowers from U.S. farms that grow varieties bride’s crave.

With the flowers sourced and 100 percent American grown, Shore would design a bouquet and have it professionally photographed (by Sarah Collier of Taken by Sarah Photography) in the hands of a bridal model in a studio or outdoor floral-related setting.

The project is featured in the January 2019 issue of Florists Review, and Shore started blogging about the effort and posting on social media in early January.

She stresses that the project was not just art for art’s sake, but was instead a learning journey and “a real working project to change my business.” And, in the long run, to show other designers what’s possible with domestic flowers.

“In everything I do, I want to bring visibility to the flower farms and encourage other designers to want to do the same,” Shore explains. “People are so inspired by it and they feel like they can do it. Designers are reaching out and saying the bouquets are gorgeous, and I’ve had a lot of farms comment that they appreciate the project and the recognition.”

And the lesson in it for Shore?

“That’ there’s a reliability in what I can get that’s American Grown. I can ask for specific farms and products because now I know the quality. And I get excited when I know the farms I’m getting the flowers from and see the sleeve and the beautiful logos. I’m proud to know that I’m supporting American farmers and their families.”

Flowers labeled Certified American Grown allow designers to quickly identify the origin of their blooms and provides them a third-party guarantee that the source of their flowers have been verified.

Shore’s confident her project can serve as a road map for other floral designers who may be considering increasing their use of domestically grown flowers, or even who are just hoping to get to know nearby flower farmers and their products.

“I understand how, as designers, it’s can be easy find ourselves celebrating some of these exotic flowers from places like Holland or Japan, but through this experience, I was really amazed to see what’s growing year-round right here in the U.S. We’re not even scratching the surface of what we can create with as designers, and to me, that had to change.”

Kelly Shore on the farm at Scenic Place Peonies in Homer, Alaska. Photo by Joshua Veldstra.

 

Here We Go! Check Out the Line Up of Farms For the 2019 Certified American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour

6 Breathtaking Destinations Announced!

The fifth season of the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour has just been announced, and we want you check out the destinations, grab all of your flower-loving friends and join us on a flower farm for an award-winning experience you’ll never forget.

We couldn’t be more excited about the lineup of farms involved with this year’s floral-infused dinner tour. Known for stopping at America’s most beautiful flower farms, this year’s tour features amazing locations, including a peony farm in Alaska and a return visit to one of our most popular stops!

So grab your calendar and check out these destinations!

You ‘ll be surrounded by flowers with a view of the Pacific Ocean during our dinner at The Flower Fields of Carlsbad. Photo by Carrie McCluskey Photography.

We’re thrilled to be starting the 2019 tour at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California, on April 18. The American Grown Field To Vase Dinner Tour returns to this postcard of an experience each year. Guests at this dinner get exclusive access and enjoy dining among acres and acres of colorful ranunculus while looking out over the Pacific Ocean. This is a very popular tour stop that sells out faster and faster each year.

Click here to save your seats The Flower Fields!

We want to see your name on the guest list during this year’s tour. Photo by Carrie McCluskey Photography.

Next, we’ll head to Bloomia USA in King George, Virginia, on June 1, where guests will dine in a greenhouse bursting with tulips and hear about the flower-growing process for these flowers that so many name as their favorite bloom.

Click here to save your seat to Bloomia!

Grab your friends and find yourself at one of our tables during this year’s tour. Photo by Eye Connoisseur Photography.

On June 12, the tour heads back to California for a unique stop smack dab in the middle of a city This pop-up dinner destination will not only “pop up” a meal experience on the lawn of California’s State Capitol, we’ll be popping up a flower farm experience in the shadow of the Capitol building! We’ll be working with our farms to bring our American Grown Flowers story to the steps of California’s Capitol building, sharing our collective stories, the flowers we grow and the value our American flower farms bring to their communities and the economy. This dinner will bring flower farmers together with lawmakers to highlight just how important the consumer movement toward American Grown Flowers really is.

Click here to save your seats at the Capitol.

Picture you and that special someone on that Alaskan floral adventure you’ve been dreaming about. Photo by Joshua Veldstra Photography.

On Aug. 3, we head to Alaska! We couldn’t be more excited to return to Homer, this time for a stop at Joselyn Peonies, where guests will dine in a field of blooming peonies on a farm with views of Kachemak Bay. This destination also includes additional excursions such as fishing trips and a multi-farm tour. Be sure to check out all the reasons you should join us in Alaska and turn it into a true adventure!

Click here to save your seat at Josyln Peony Farm!

We can’t wait to dine in the middle of the stock fields of Ocean View Flowers! Photo courtesy of Ocean View Flowers.

In the fall, join us in Lompoc, California, at Ocean View Flowers on Sept. 7 where you’ll enjoy an artisan meal in fields of stock in a variety of hues. While there, you’ll learn about the unique coastal climate that helps Ocean View grow so many flower varieties on hundreds of acres.

Click here to save your seat to Ocean View Flowers!

You will find beautifully designed centerpieces by amazing floral designers at each one of our tour stops in 2019. Photo by Liraz Photography.

Our last stop will be at Red Twig Farms in New Albany, Ohio, on Oct. 5, where you’ll dine under a canopy of dogwood and willow branches. You don’t want to miss out on a visit to this nine-acre family-owned-and-operated cut flower and branch farm in central Ohio that grows oh so many specialty flowers and branches.

Click here to save your seat to Red Twig Farm!

We’ll be focused on the flowers, but the food and wine will not disappoint. Photos by Kelleghan Production.

There’s so much more we could share and explain, but for now, please visit the landing pages we’ve created for each one of these locations; find the complete list here. You’ll discover even more information and details about each stop, but make sure you book your tickets right away. Last year, we had dinners selling out months in advance!

The Certified American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour has served over 5,000 people in the last four seasons. Photo by Kelleghan Production.

Plus, early birds benefit from special “Tour Launch” pricing. For the first 30 days, we’ll be selling tickets to each of our dinners for $175, however the price for each ticket will increase after this introductory offer!

Seating is limited and every dinner will sell out, so don’t wait to save your seat. Photo by Carrie McCluskey Photography.

Please consider helping us share this year’s locations and special launch pricing with your flower-loving friends. If you’re planning to attend a dinner, invite them to join you. If you’ve gone before, help us share this magical experience with others on social networks like Instagram and Facebook.

We can’t wait to welcome you to the flower farm. Photo by Liraz Photography.

We look forward to seeing you on a flower farm in 2019!

All too exciting and not sure which dinner to attend? Click here to see the entire line up and descriptions of each farm at AmericanGrownFlowers.org/fieldtovase

 

[Press Release] Flower Fields Become Dining Rooms on Award-Winning American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour

Certified American Grown Flowers Announces 2019 Farm Destinations

 

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2019) Certified American Grown Flowers today announced the destinations for its 2019 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour, inviting guests nationwide to dine among the exquisite fields of America’s most stunning flower and foliage farms.

In its fifth season, the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour is a cross-country series of elegant pop-up gatherings where seasonal, sustainable blooms dazzle on beautifully designed tablescapes that have been elegantly dressed by top U.S. floral designers, while gourmet meals are prepared by well-known farm-to-table chefs.

Every table at every dinner overflows with the glory of American Grown Flowers. Photo by Liraz Photography.

At each unique meal and through the accompanying farm tour and design demonstrations, guests will make a personal connection between flowers and agriculture as part of America’s floral landscape. They’ll experience the age-old art and science of flower farming while being served platters of delicious, seasonal and locally grown fare through multiple courses that are accompanied by wine, micro-brewed beers and floral-inspired cocktails.

Each dinner is a night to remember. Guests will delight in delicious food, flowing wine and stunning American Grown Flowers. Photo by Carrie McCluskey Photography.

Guests, seated at long community tables, will share lively conversation in the company of diners equally passionate about preserving American Grown Flowers, farmland and our country’s floriculture heritage. While enjoying the seasonal meal, guests will be drawn to the botanical beauty of petals, branches, foliage, vines, buds and berries – all artistically arranged to bring multi-sensory pleasure to the dining experience. The attention is on the farmers, their flowers, their beautiful farms and the floral designs they inspire.

Beginning its fifth year, the award-winning American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour is presented annually by Certified American Grown Flowers, a unified and diverse coalition of U.S. flower farmers, including small and large farms located in flower-producing states around the country. Certified farms participate in an independent third-party supply-chain audit to verify origin and assembly of the flowers they grow. When it appears on bouquets, bunches and other packaging or store signage, the Certified American Grown logo gives consumers confidence in the source of their flowers and is an assurance that the flowers they’ve purchased were grown on a domestic American flower farm and assembled in the United States.

“The Field to Vase Dinner Tour showcases the beauty and heritage of America’s flower-farming families,” says Kasey Cronquist, administrator for Certified American Grown Flowers. “In our fifth year, we’ll stop at six of America’s most beautiful flower farms where guests will meet a flower farmer, create wearable flowers at a boutonniere bar and enjoy a farm-to-fork meal. Time and time again we hear how special these floral-focused evenings are and 2019 will be no exception!”

The first American Grown Field to Vase Dinner in 2019 takes place April 18 at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California. This is the fifth time the tour has stopped at The Flower Fields, where guests dine in a sea of brightly colored ranunculus while looking out over the Pacific Ocean.

Other summer and fall destinations across the country include:

  • Bloomia USA, King George, Virginia, on June 1, where guests will dine in a greenhouse bursting with tulips just outside our nation’s capitol.
  • The California State Capitol, Sacramento, California, on June 12, a special tour spot where we’ll bring the flower farm to California’s capital during California Grown Flowers Month. Watch as members of the state Legislature compete in a live design competition before dinner.
  • Joselyn Peonies in Homer, Alaska, on Aug. 3, where guests will dine on blooming peony farm with stunning views of Kachemak Bay.
  • Ocean View Flowers in Lompoc, California, on Sept. 7, among fields of stock and surrounded by acres and acres of incredible flowers in a unique coastal climate.
  • Red Twig Farms, in New Albany, Ohio, on Oct. 5, where guests will meet farmers Josh and Lindsey McCullough and see the incredible flower farm they’re growing just outside of Columbus.

Field to Vase dinners are generally from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., depending on location. Attendees will leave with fresh, seasonal American Grown Flowers, a swag bag packed with gifts from the tour’s generous sponsors and a greater understanding of why fresh American Grown Flowers in the home – and on the table – are important to health, well-being, local economies and good conversation.

These special floral-infused destination dinners sell out quickly. Seating and tickets are limited. For more about participating farms, floral designers and chefs – and for reservations, tickets and travel information – visit americangrownflowers.com/fieldtovase, and be sure to sign up for the e-newsletter. For up-to-the-minute news, follow the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour on Instagram and Facebook.

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About Certified American Grown Flowers. Launched on July 1, 2014, Certified American Grown Flowers represents a unified and diverse coalition of U.S. flower farms, including small and large entities in multiple states across the country. Certified American grown flower farms participate in an independent, third-party supply-chain audit to verify both origin and assembly of the flowers they grow. When it appears on bouquets, bunches and other packaging or store signage, the Certified American Grown Flowers logo gives consumers confidence in the source of their flowers and assures them that the flowers they purchase come from a domestic American flower farm. For more information about Certified American Grown Flowers, visit www.americangrownflowers.com.

 

Pssst … 2019 American Grown Dinner Tour Destinations Coming Soon!

We’re just about ready to announce the destinations for the 2019 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour and we can hardly control our excitement!

While we’re not yet able to share all of the stunning flower farms where we’ll be hosting dinners, we can share that we’ll have six stops in various regions of the country – including our Aug. 3 visit to Joselyn Peonies in Homer, Alaska.

A bucket-list experience, bring your friends for this unique Alaskan adventure you’ll never forget. Photo by Joshua Veldstra Photography.

And while we’re giving hints, we can also share that we’ll be returning to some of our guests favorite prior destinations. Oh, and we’ll be working with some of the nation’s most talented floral designers and farm-to-fork chefs.

In the meantime,

to help you wet your appetite on what’s in store, check out all of the amazing places this award-winning Field to Vase Dinner Tour has been over the last four seasons …

And stay tuned as we announce the entire slate of stops for 2019 – coming Jan. 22!

Then, save your seat right away! This tour has earned national acclaim and seats sell out quickly.

Don’t miss your chance to dine in a sea of flowers on an American flower farm, meet a farmer, dine with other flower-lovers and leave with armloads of fresh flowers and a flower-themed swag bag!

And to watch more beautiful videos from our 2018 Field to Vase Dinner Tour, click on the images below!

Fallbrook Field to Vase Dinner at Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers.

 

Carlsbad Field to Vase Dinner at The Flower Fields.

 

Sacramento Field to Vase Dinner at the California State Capitol.

 

Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin Field to Vase Dinner at Star Valley Flowers.

 

Nashville Field to Vase Dinner at Green Door Gourmet.

2019 Dinner Tour Stops in the Works

Seats Already For Sale For Popular Alaska Stop

Over half of the seats have been reserved for the Alaska dinner in 2019! 

Plans for the 2019 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour are already underway, with stops being planned at Certified American Grown Flower and greens farms across the U.S.

Imagine finding yourself at this dreamy table in 2019.

Next year’s tour will introduce guests to some never-before-open farms and will include a stop at Joselyn Peonies in Homer, Alaska, on Aug. 3, 2019. Seats for this already-popular dinner are available here!

Josyln Peonies, in Homer, Alaska, is located on the Kenai Peninsula and has a beautiful view of Kachemak Bay.

Starting in the spring, we’ll be crisscrossing the country with this award-winning dinner tour with stops likely in California, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, to name a few.

Mel Resendiz welcomed guests to his farm at the Fallbrook Field to Vase Dinner in 2018.  Photo by Carrie McCluskey Photography.

You don’t want to miss your chance to meet a passionate flower farmer, dine in a flower field at a community table adorned with American Grown Flowers and connect with fellow flower-lovers.

Photo by Liraz Photography.

Each dinner also includes the renowned boutonniere bar where guests craft their own floral flair, and the popular Field to Vase swag bags packed with flower-related goodies.

The boutonniere bar is always a guest favorite. Photo by by Kelleghan Production.

Smiles abound when guests receive the swag bag full of gifts. Photo by Carrie McCluskey Photography.

Where do you want to see the tour go next? Send us an email, we’d love to hear from you.

Stay tuned for the unveiling of the entire 2019 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour map, coming soon!

 

Y’all Would Have Loved Green Door Gourmet

The American Grown Field to Vase Tour Ends Its 2018 Season in Nashville

American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour guests enjoyed a warm welcome at Green Door Gourmet in October.  Photography by Liraz Photography

Guests from all across the country descended on Nashville, Tennessee, to attend the last American Grown Field to Vase Dinner of the 2018 season at Green Door Gourmet.

And it was glorious.

The flowers, the table, the design, our guests – it all combines for a beautiful evening on the flower farm at Green Door Gourmet.  Photography by Liraz Photography

 

A sold-out crowd of 160 guests enjoyed a beautiful evening at Green Door Gourmet. Photography by Liraz Photography

At every turn, our guests enjoyed the Southern hospitality from the team at Green Door Gourmet who thought of everything in order to help make the evening something our guests would never forget.

A floral cocktail with a Tennessee twist, sponsored by Jack Daniels. Photography by Liraz Photography

From the farm tour to the boutonnière bar, the floral cocktails (sponsored by Jack Daniels) to the wine (sponsored by Geyser Peak); the chickens at check in to the amazing tablescape by floral designer Kelly Shore looking over the beautiful flower fields at Green Door Gourmet, the 2018 tour ended on a wonderful note in Music City.

Guests enjoyed creating their own flower flair at our boutonnière bar during the reception. Photography by Liraz Photography

Our swag bags have become a much sought-after item. Once the dinner is over, every guest takes home a fun bag filled with gifts from our sponsors. Photography by Liraz Photography

Floral designer Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers and Team Flowers created a beautiful all-American Grown tablescape with a group of volunteer designers from Team Flowers. The Team enjoyed the opportunity to work with the flowers harvested right there at Green Door Gourmet.

Floral designer Kelly Perry did an incredible job leading her team of Team Flower volunteers in development of the beautiful tablescape for our final dinner of the season. Photography by Liraz Photography

Green Door Gourmet’s owner Sylvia Ganier and flower farmer Laura Dison provided guests with a tour of the farm, highlighting their history in vegetable production and their commitment to growing Certified American Grown Flowers in Nashville.

Laura Dison (left) and Sylvia Ganier provided guests with an overview of the farm and Green Door’s mission in Nashville. Photography by Liraz Photography

 

Flower farmer Laura Dison. Photography by Liraz Photography

The evening was unusually warm for October, record-breaking actually, but that didn’t impact the experience of our guests. One guest described the evening’s experience this way, “Sitting at a table in a field with gorgeous vistas among beautiful flowers, eating delicious local food prepared with flowers and enjoying good wine with new friends made for an evening not soon forgotten. The Field to Vase Dinner allows anyone who loves flowers to immerse themselves in a floral fairyland.”

Another guest shared that the dinner was, “…the ultimate flower party. Loved the gorgeous tablescapes, enjoyed meeting others involved in the industry as well as simple floral fans such as myself. The wildflower bouquet we came home with was a lovely reminder for the next few days to appreciate moments of presence, awareness and beauty.”

Passed appetizers, local beer, delicious wine and a fun floral cocktail made the reception a festive affair. Photography by Liraz Photography

Chefs Deb Paquette and Richard Jones treated everyone to a wonderful menu, with ingredients procured from Green Door and other local farms.

A canopy of lights and the flicker of candlelight helped illuminate the table after the sunset at Green Door Gourmet. Photography by Liraz Photography

As the sun set over Green Door Gourmet and the 2018 season for our national American Grown Field to Vase Dinner, you couldn’t help but sense a feeling of gratitude. An appreciation for the meal, the flowers, our designer, our farmer and all the work that goes into hosting a pop-up dinner in the middle of a flower field.

The American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour is a great example of America’s “can do” attitude. Sylvia and her team shared their story, their example of how they are putting in the hard work and dedication to continue to meet the increasing demand for their American Grown Flowers.

Our national tour doesn’t end here.

Stay tuned for the debut of the 2019 schedule.

The American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour has hosted over 5,000 people at our floral-filled events over the last four seasons.  Photography by Liraz Photography

Sponsors Add Magical Touch to Dinner Tour!

It takes a village, as the saying goes, to put on the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour. And we simply couldn’t do it without our national sponsors who, in the most clever and imaginative ways, add a secret sauce to each tour stop.

These sponsors seamlessly add to the guest experience and make each dinner special. Each of the six stops on the 2018 tour was sold out, a feat made possible by the support of our sponsors.

The boutonnière bar has become a main attraction for our guests that attend a dinner.  Photography by Liraz Photography

One of the most popular features of the dinners, the boutonnière bar, is sponsored by Smithers Oasis. Time and time again, guests tell us how much they enjoy designing a bout or corsage to wear throughout the evening.

Photography by Liraz Photography

Thanks to the support of Smithers-Oasis, our guests enjoy designing their own boutonnière during the reception of each of our events.  Photography by Liraz Photography

Ball Horticultural is our reception sponsor, underwriting the food and wine for both our VIP reception and our pre-dinner reception. Ball ensures each dinner is off to a great start!

Our guests enjoy an hour long reception prior to dinner. Ball is our headline sponsor for every flower filled reception we host.  Photo courtesy of the Society of American Florists.

Live music, cocktails and meeting great people helps kick off an evening you will remember forever.  Photo by Kelleghan Production

Speaking of wine, Geyser Peak Winery and the nonprofit Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley provide all of the wine for our dinners, a must for any artisan meal experience.

Working closely with our chefs, Geyser Peak Wine provides our guests with a perfect pairing every time our table is set. Photo by Kelleghan Productions.

Our guests enjoy red and white wines from Geyser Peak at each dinner.   Photo by Carrie McCluskey Photography.

Great wine makes for a great event and we are fortunate to have Geyser Peak as a part of our national tour.  Photo by Carrie McCluskey Photography.

And Syndicate Sales ensures our tablescapes will amaze and delight by providing the containers our floral designers fill with American Grown Flowers at each stop. The volume and variety of vessels they provide is spectacular.

The beautiful tablescapes would not be possible without the support of our national sponsor Syndicate Sales. The vases and containers they provide help our designers craft the most creative and beautiful table arrangements.  Photo by Taken by Sarah Photography.

This vivid tablescape byRené van Rems included these colorful vases by Syndicate Sales. Photo by Carrie McCluskey Photography.

Photo by Carrie McCluskey Photography.

Helping guests bring home some magic from each event are Visit California, sponsor of our swag bags; and Corona Inc., which provides each guest with a pair of floral clippers so they can design their own American Grown arrangements at home.

Visit California helps us ensure that our guests leave with some wonderful memories and parting gifts from their Field to Vase experience.  Photo by Eye Connoisseur Photography.

Each guest leaves with tools they can use thanks to Corona tools, a national sponsor of our Field to Vase Dinner Tour.  Photo by Kelleghan Productions.

Designers and guests appreciate the opportunity to use Corona tools during our hands-on workshops and at our boutonniere bar.  Photo by Carrie McCluskey Photography.

Our swag bags have become a much sought after item. Once the dinner is over, every guest takes home a fun bag filled with gifts from our sponsors.  Photography by Liraz Photography.

The dinner tour is also generously supported by national wholesale flower sponsors Mellano & Company and DV Flora, and is underwritten by Certified American Grown Flowers and the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC). Needless to say, a floral dinner has to have spectacular flowers and these sponsors ensure that’s the case at every single stop!

We load our swag bag up with unique items from each region, but always include a copy of Florists’ Review and SuperFloral magazine, our national media sponsor.  Photo by Carrie McCluskey Photography.

Finally, media sponsors Super Floral and Florists’ Review help us share the experience in text and photos all year long! We’re grateful for the coverage and the ability to share the tour experience far and wide.

As we wrap up the 2018 dinner tour and plan for the thrilling stops in 2019, we send our sincere thanks to our national sponsors!

American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour Stops At SAF!

400 Experience the Award-Winning Dinner Tour

Over 400 Society of American Florists convention attendees got to experience an American Grown Field to Vase Dinner firsthand during SAF Palm Springs 2018 last month.

A beautiful evening in Palm Springs for the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner at this year’s SAF Convention.

SAF and Certified American Grown worked together closely to replicate the experience of the dinner series, which normally takes place on an American flower farm.

SAF’s design team lead by Brian Vetter (center) did an outstanding job designing an all American Grown tablescape for the dinner during the convention.

Despite the unique location and the large number of dinner guests, the tour’s signature touches were on full display, including tables adorned with American Grown Flowers, the opportunity to meet with farmers, a multi-course artisan meal, a DIY boutonniere bar and swag bags packed with flower-related goodies.

Over 400 guests attended the dinner on Friday evening in Palm Springs.

Thanks to an amazing turnout, dinner guests were able to chat with 20 farm ambassadors before, during and after the dinner, learning more about flowers, growing practices and issues related to sustainability — all info they were able to take home and share with customers and staff.

Bruce Brady of Mellano & Company welcomed guests and lead the invocation.

 

Syndicate Sales has been a national sponsor of the dinner tour since its inception four years ago, providing all of the vases used by the tour’s designers.

 

As a national sponsor, Ball Horticulture has helped the tour host thousands of people across the country during our pre-dinner receptions.

 

As a national sponsor, Smithers-Oasis has helped the Field to Vase Dinner Tour make the self-serve boutonnière bar one of the most popular experience of our events.

Star Valley Flowers Draws A Record-Breaking Crowd

Nashville is Last Stop on 2018 Tour!

 

 

Certified American Grown hosted a record-breaking crowd during the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner at Star Valley Flowers in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin on September 8.

A beautiful evening awaited guests at Star Valley Flowers in Wisconsin.

A beautiful tablescape designed by Erick New and Greg Campbell of the Garden District dazzled the 200 guests attending the dinner at Star Valley Flowers.

Originally set for 150, the table grew to 175 and then to 200, breaking the previous record of 183 in Detroit in 2015.

“It really isn’t about the number of people,” explained Kasey Cronquist, Certified American Grown Administrator and emcee of the award-winning national dinner tour. “We really focus on our guest experience and have always wanted to keep the experience intimate, but we had a lot of demand and a willing farmer embraced the idea of  ‘the more the merrier.’ So, it just kept growing and it all turned out beautifully.”

One guest commented, “even though there were 200 guests, it felt intimate. The setting could not have been lovelier and the weather was perfect.”

Of course, the floral-focused evening wouldn’t have been as magical without the incredible talent of Greg Campbell and Erick New of The Garden District. The dynamic duo created one of the most dramatic tablescapes we’ve ever seen, complete with beautiful pussy willow arches that covered the table and accented by the bittersweet berries that Star Valley Flowers is known for. Stunning fall-colored arrangements flowed down the entire length of the table.

Erick New (left) and Greg Campbell of the Garden District in Memphis, TN were responsible for the floral tablescape and install for the evening.

The team at Driftless Cafe, lead by Chef Luke, did an outstanding job with the menu for the evening. And the response from attendees was outstanding, with praise for every single course. The main course was organic beef tenderloin provided by Organic Valley, one of the evening’s sponsors, and headquartered just down the road from Star Valley Flowers. The menu was paired beautifully with the wine provided by Geyser Peak.

Chef Luke from the Driftless Cafe.

It was a beautiful evening on the farm. The weather held and the sunset was picturesque. Diners were able to meet an American flower farmer, hear from the floral designers about their aesthetic and what makes designing with homegrown flowers special and converse with other flower lovers throughout a multiple-course meal.

Flower farmer John Zeher speaks to dinner guests prior to giving an hour long farm tour.

Guest Laura M. shared, “The evening was so beautiful. I loved the chance to walk around the farm and hear some comments from John and Phil. We were so glad John allowed a few more people into the dinner. The lovely women I sat across from gave me a hug at the end of our evening. We sat down with strangers and left as friends.”

Guests left happy, arms full of flowers and enjoying the ever popular Field to Vase Dinner swag bag. It was a perfect early fall evening where 200 strangers became friends and the love of flowers sealed the deal.

A beautiful long table was set for a record breaking 200 people.

Planning for 2019’s tour is underway. If you’d like to have your farm considered for the 2019 tour, please fill out the online application found here: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07efnf3qeqjle3mv0a/start