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Erin Benzakein - Floret  Farmer-Florist, Writer, Teacher, living and growing in WA State, USA. My first book: Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden now available.

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This weekend marks the tenth anniversary of when I made my first big flower sale ($500) to a floral designer. @jillmjorgensen (pictured on my left) was doing a friends wedding, and the farm that she was getting flowers from canceled at the last minute. She left such a long, desperate message, that my answering machine cut her off. We met in the Denny's parking lot, and my kids were fighting in the backseat. I was mortified! But she laughed it off and just gushed about the flowers. We became instant flower friends and over the years cranked out dozens and dozens of weddings in my garage. We'd daydream about someday getting to work together "for real". Four years ago this summer Jill came to work for Floret and everything changed for the better. Now, alongside an amazing team, we are leading workshops, growing a seed company, creating an online course, mapping out book 2, and trying with all our might to make the world a more beautiful place. It's crazy how those impossible dreams from long ago have a way of coming true, if you just keep working at them.
Photo by: @bearcreekfresh #teamfloret #farmerflorist #floretworkshop

This weekend the stars aligned for our #floretworkshop 💫 We had beautiful weather, loads of flowers, an amazing team and the best attendees I could ever ask for. I'm not taking an ounce of it for granted. #farmerflorist #flowerfarmer

I'm so excited to have met Debra Kaye of @bearcreekfresh, one of the premiere dahlia growers in the Hudson Valley. She will be bring her amazing dahlia blooms to Union Square Market this summer. Luck you New Yorkers! #farmerflorist #flowerfarmer

As the days get longer, and the temps get warmer, the ranunculus are finally starting to fizzle out. This weekend was probably the last significant harvest for the season. I'm sad to see them go, but luckily sweet peas are hot on their heels. There are so many treasures yet to come. #floretbulbs #growfloret #farmerflorist

If you've ever wanted to be a fly on the wall at a #floretworkshop then you're in luck. I'll be sharing tons of behind the scenes snippets from this weekend in my Instagram stories. Follow along! #growfloret #farmerflorist #flowerfarmer

We're heading into a very special three day weekend. I can't wait to meet all of the ladies who have traveled from all over the world to join us for the #floretworkshop. These beautiful roses are from our friends at @peterkortroses in Oregon and are making it impossible to get anything done. I just keep stopping to smell and admire them 😂 #farmerflorist

Picking out flowers for my bouquet demos. Ranunculus from our greenhouse, roses from @peterkortroses, peonies from North Field Farm and columbine from @ninadfoster. A pretty magical start so far. #floretworkshop #floretbulbs #farmerflorist #growfloret

Putting the finishing touches on the flower display for tomorrow's workshop. We are so unbelievably lucky to have @antoniovalenteflowers here all the way from Ontario, Canada to help. If you don't already follow him, then you're in for a treat! #farmerflorist #floretbulbs #growfloret #floretworkshop #teamfloret

@buckeyeblooms and @fielddaycreative in a sea of beautiful garden roses from @peterkortroses for our workshop this weekend. If you're a floral designer looking for AMAZING roses-Peterkort ships nationwide. #floretworkshop #farmerflorist #teamfloret

The sweetpeas are growing so fast we had to add extensions the their trellises. Thank goodness for flower friends @junesblooms @ninadfoster @buckeyeblooms @fielddaycreative! What would have taken us all day, they busted out in just a few short hours. #farmerflorist #floretworkshop #teamfloret

I'm so excited to have @fielddaycreative here with us for this weekend's #floretworkshop. Jenn has been growing someone very special, who we all can't wait to meet in just few short months! 🤗#farmerflorist #growfloret #teamfloret

Over on the blog (link in profile) you'll find a post from a visit to one of the most crazy-magical flower places I've ever been, North Field Farm. If you need a little dose of beauty and inspiration, I hope it does the trick. #farmerflorist

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