Botanical Brouhaha Is 5!

This week marks 5 years since I took a chance on starting a blog about the flowers, floral designers and industry I’d grown to love while owning a studio. I never could have imagined the people I’d meet and the opportunities that would open up for me because of BB. I’m so grateful for each of you that has joined me along the way. So, this week, I want to have a little fun and do things a little differently to celebrate.


I’ve been holding on to a brand new copy of Fresh From The Field Wedding Flowers by Lynn Byczynski and Erin Benzakein to give to one of you this week. I can’t think of a better time to talk about this book. For me, this book reminds me of all the good I’ve experienced in my personal flower journey. When I started growing flowers years ago, I read Lynn’s book The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower’s Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers cover-to-cover and referenced it often. I looked forward to every issue of Growing for Market (Lynn is the founding editor and publisher). Over the course of the last 5 years, I’ve met some amazing growers and designers and featured their inspiring work on Botanical Brouhaha. Many of those designers/growers are featured designers in this book. And then there’s Erin…I felt like I’d hit the jackpot the day I discovered her website, Floret Flower Farm. She continues to grow and stretch her business while producing stunning designs with the exquisite flowers she grows.

So, let’s kick off this week with a chance for you to win a copy of Fresh From The Field Wedding Flowers. You’ll love the discussions on floral design basics, the step-by-step instructions, the extensive list of flowers with their bloom times, the video tutorials and the beautiful photographs of the work of some talented designers.

For a chance to win simply leave a comment at the end of this post. On Wednesday (July 23rd) at noon (Central Daylight Time), we’ll use a random drawing to choose a winner from those who left a comment. We’ll announce the winner on Wednesday afternoon. Good Luck!

Special Thanks to Lynn & Erin for sharing their book with the readers of Botanical Brouhaha!

48 thoughts on “Botanical Brouhaha Is 5!

  1. H Smith

    Congrats, thanks for providing a site that helps me and my business grow. Hoping that ‘Field to Vase’ would be another useful reference for me.

  2. Sylvia Clavier

    Love this blog and the inspiration I get from it! And, of course, I would love to have my very own copy of Lynn and Erin’s book as well. Congratulations and thank you for all your work!

  3. Far Hills Florist

    Congratulations on 5 years! Your blog has been very inspirational for me. Thank you so much!!

  4. Laurie Garza

    Oh! I’d love to have this. I’m amping up my growing this year and next, so it will come in handy.
    Congratulations on 5 years of writing and pretty pictures, and making connections happen for all of us. I am especially grateful for the contest you held in 2011; when I was chosen to go to Francoise Weeks’ workshop, and meet someone who has had such a profound impact on my life.

  5. Alicia Broehl

    Congratulations on 5 years Amy! I will never forget the day Holly told me to check out BB and all the wonderful things you were featuring on your blog. It became the 2nd blog I read on a daily basis right behind the Full Bouquet! Thank you for all you do for the industry. What a treat to win Erin and Lynn’s book!

  6. Kei

    I’m so glad I found your blog last year! I look forward to checking it every day before I to work. Thanks for all the inspiration and motivation!

  7. Diane f

    Happy Birthday, this book would be a marvellous and inspiring help for me when I attempt my son’s wedding flowers in 10 week’s time!

  8. Christina

    Thank you for your continued effort in building a community here for florist and growers and for the opportunity to win a copy of ‘Fresh From the Field Wedding Flowers’. Here’s to many more years of inspiration!

  9. Elissa


    Thank you for creating and sharing
    such a beautiful blog. I so look
    forward to your little corner of
    the world every day. Cheers to you
    and many more years of flowers!

  10. Sue Anderson

    Congratulations on five years and thank you for the wonderful inspiration. I refer back to it over and over!

  11. Margaret in Austin

    Thank you, Amy for five flower filled years!

    Botanical Brouhaha is THE go-to source for inspiration, discussion, and connections with other flower people.

    Thanks for being YOU! (((((Amy)))))

  12. Tricia

    Congrats Amy! I learned of BB blog while attending Francoise’s workshop in Portland some 4years ago. I have enjoyed it as my go to daily. So much info and the joy of seeing other talented designers work. You are the best and always listen to our questions. And then like magic, those questions pop up on your blog and so many great answers show up! It’s amazing and wonderful and helps us all do what we do everyday. Thanks you Amy for your dedication and constant pursuit of sharing, problem solving and most of all showcasing all the hard work that goes into this sometimes brutal profession.

  13. Anna

    Congratulations, Amy! The flower world is a better place because of you!! Here’s to many more years of Botanical Brouhaha!!!

  14. Alicia

    Five years! Congratulations! I hope I would enjoy your blog other five years at least, because I love it so much!
    And thanks for the oportunity to win this fantastic book. Here in Spain there is no much literature about wedding flowers, so it would be fantastic to win a copy of the book!!!
    Good luck!

  15. AH

    Thank you for the everyday inspirations! Growing my own flowers/foliage is something I have always wanted to dabble in. I would truly love to have this knowledge!


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