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I came to floral design by way of botanical research. My formal education is in a subset of anthropology called ethnobotany. I have been interested in how people use plants since college when I interned on an organic medicinal herb farm in Wyoming. It was during that time that I really started to learn about plants and flowers as more than just parts of an ecosystem. The farmer I was learning from would pay attention to the smallest of details while we spent the day sowing seeds, harvesting flowers, drying the harvest, and processing plant parts into medicine. He was...

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Please join us at the Starlight Alpaca Ranch for a farm fresh flower workshop! On Sunday, September 3 we will be hosting our first farm fresh flower workshop at Starlight Alpaca Ranch just outside of Hannibal, Missouri. We provide flowers and tools and will walk you through making a gorgeous flower arrangement. We will have vases on hand or you can bring your own! Cold beer and water will be available, but feel free to bring your own beverage. The workshop will be around 90 minutes, but you are more than welcome to also take a tour of the alpaca...

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Since my full time job is in higher education, I have always braced myself for the hectic schedule of graduation deadlines, reviews and then ceremonies that come in May. This year was also my daughter's first year in school, so we had the added elementary school year schedule to manage. Add in all the flower giving occasions that come in May -- Mother's Day, Administrative Assistants Day, Teacher Appreciation Week, etc -- and May is just a blur! And even though it is a total whirlwind of deadlines, at the end of the month when I am able to make...

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Can I tell you a bit about the woman in the picture? That is my grandmother, Lucita. She was born in Durango, Mexico to a widow who would die of typhoid fever when Lucita was 18 months old. She was taken in by her aunt and uncle and they made their way to the United States by covered wagon when she was 5. After moving around for a bit, they eventually settled in Kansas City. Unfortunately,  a short time later her aunt died and since her uncle was not a blood relative she couldn't remain with him. There was my grandmother,...

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While Cinco de Mayo has become a bigger holiday in USA than Mexico, I love any occasion to celebrate my Mexican heritage. So this Cinco de Mayo I made a beertail inspired by my favorite Mexican cocktail - the paloma. A paloma is a tequila based cocktail with grapefruit juice and soda. It tangy and fizzy and perfectly delicious. To make a Beerloma, here are the ingredients needed: -Tequila-Grapefruit (to juice and wedge for garnish)-Agave syrup-Grapefruit beer (I'm using Traveler Grapefruit Shandy)Optional:-Sea salt-Zest of lime and grapefruitWatch this video on how to put it all together:Of course, I couldn't make...

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