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LH 110: Backyard Bouquets with Herbs & Other Edibles

How to make flower arrangements like a pro

Have you ever stepped away from your garden in the summer time, only to discover an edible (like carrots, celery, cilantro or basil) bolted and went to flower before you ate it? Once it flowers it’s on it’s way OUT!


The guilt!

But fear not…

You can still enjoy something from that plant – the flowers.

In this week’s podcast, I go over all my favorite tips and tricks for homegrown flower arranging.

And you can use these tips for some of those edibles in your garden that have bolted and gone to seed. I’m talking about carrots, celery, fennel, cilantro…anything with a bloom.

You’ll be amazed at the stunning arrangements you can create with very little effort.


You will learn:

  • The pro secret to fixing wilted flowers (It’s not what you think)
  • Why woody stems sometimes need a hammer
  • The recipe for making your own floral preservative
  • Tips for best color and shape of your arrangements
  • The secret for getting your stems to stand tall
  • The step-by-step instructions to the perfect bouquet

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Resources & Links Mentioned:

Flower Confidential Book CoverFlower Confidential * – book by Amy Stewart

Slow Flowers – website by Debra Prinzing

Slow Flowers * – book by Debra Prinzing

Slow Flowers with Debra Prinzing – Episode 41

Growing Organic Flowers with Erin Benzakein – Episode 95


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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.