the sustainable flowers project 2022
A 3-day intensive + creative workshop exploring sustainability with some of the biggest leaders in sustainable floristry today.
Brought together by Becky Feasby & TJ McGrath.
jardin de buis, new jersey
september 18-20, 2022
Designed to cultivate conscious creativity; examine environmentally and socially aware practices; explore new techniques and design principles; and foster relationships between growers, designers + flower sellers, the Sustainable Flowers Project is the perfect place for flower lovers to come together and celebrate our craft.
During our time together, we will be creating pure magic with locally sourced, seasonal blooms.
We will discuss the importance of soil health, regenerative growing practices, sustainable design mechanics, seasonal flowers, social + environmental justice issues in the flower industry, and the healing power of flowers.
Each year, we put together a lineup of noted instructors, speakers + mentors that can help florists, flower farmers, flower growers + flower lovers achieve business and creative practices rooted in environmental, social + economic sustainability. More than that though, we hope that our workshop can provide a warm and meaningful place for people to come together and celebrate all that is possible with sustainable floristry.
Ingrid is considered one of the leading designers in the sustainable floral design movement. A graphic designer turned passionate florist, she was named "Best Florist" in New York Magazine in 2015 - the same year as founding Tin Can Studios. She is the author of three floral design books: ‘Flowers by Design’, ‘Handpicked’ (Abrams), and ‘Brooklyn Flowers’ (Massolit). Ingrid attracts students from all over the world to workshops and master classes in sustainable floral design, as she has a true passion for sharing and teaching others in the industry.
Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Shane read Psychology at university but a lifelong passion for plants and gardening eventually led to a complete career change. Subsequently, he has built an enviable reputation as a floral designer with a small, dedicated and talented team of florists, artists, and craftsmen working from offices and a large light-filled studio in North Kensington. Nature both inspires his work and guides how he executes it and he works with a deep conviction that floristry should work in harmony with the planet. Shane is one of the founding global ambassadors for the Sustainable Floristry Network.
Amber Tamm, Brooklyn, @ambertamm
Amber is a farmer, horticulturist, and floral designer who works in cannabis, farm education, permaculture, agroforestry and urban farming. The social justice advocate grew up in Brooklyn and craved more nature. Now she is fighting to establish a farm in Central Park as a way of promoting New York City's food sovereignty while creating a reminder of the history of Seneca Village and bringing diversity to Central Park. She leads the food justice division of Dan Barber's Kitchen Farming Project, where she grows food for Black and Brown chefs who then prepare food for low-income communities in New York City. More about Amber.
Andrea Fillippone and Eric Fleisher
The workshop is set within the stunning grounds of 'jardin de buis' where nature is encouraged to live her best life.
Comprised of exquisite formal gardens, extensive grounds, and stunning structures decorated with one of a kind European antiques, the environment at jardin is approached as a complete living system and managed in a way that respects its intimate ties with the natural world.
With Andre and Eric explore sustainable and regenerative soil practices as it pertains to flower farming and the many public space and campuses they have work on throughout the United States.
Your workshop hosts + leaders are Becky Feasby and TJ McGrath.
Becky is a passionate and outspoken proponent of sustainability in the floral industry. She has spent almost 25 years working as a landscape designer, ornamental horticulturist, horticultural therapist, florist, and flower grower. She is currently completing her Master's degree in Sustainability at Harvard University and is the Canadian Ambassador for the Sustainable Floristry Network and the Canadian representative for Slow Flowers.
TJ is a soulful and intuitive designer who is passionate about increasing the sustainability of the floral industry. TJ has flowered weddings and events for some notable clients and is an outspoken advocate for sustainable mechanics through is notable social media platform. Creating beautiful, seasonally-inspired arrangements with sustainability in mind, TJ is also a kind and patient teacher, who loves to share his passions with his students.
Becky Feasby, @prairiegirlflowers
TJ McGrath, @tjmcgrathdesign