Meet Celebrity Floral Designer and ‘Oprah Winfrey Show’ Alum At Our Dinner In Carpinteria

Debi Lilly To Create the Beautiful Tablescape at Gallup & Stribling Orchids

We are thrilled to have celebrity designer and party planner Debi Lilly as our featured F2V floral designer for the night!

Celebrity designer and party planner, Debi Lilly is the featured floral designer for the upcoming American Grown Field to Vase Dinner in Carpinteria, California on March 30.

Named Oprah’s “Favorite Party Pro,” Debi was part of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for more than 10 years and has dedicated her career to inspiring and educating flower enthusiasts all over the world.

The setting for Debi’s floral designs, a glorious greenhouse at Gallup & Stribling Orchids, couldn’t be more perfect. Overlooking the ocean and just minutes from Santa Barbara, this beautiful location will provide the perfect backdrop for Debi’s designs.

Debi’s five-star client list for her firm, A Perfect Event, includes brands like Harry Winston, Cartier, Bulgari and Lamborghini – all of which have high expectations for their floral designs  – and so do our F2V guests!  And on March 30, you won’t be disappointed.

It’s an orchid-lovers dream! Gallup & Stribling Orchids opens its greenhouse doors for our guests to experience exotic flowers … F2V style!

Experience Debi’s Workshop!

Can’t get enough of the talents of our featured designer? You’re in luck! Debi will offer a floral design workshop from 9 a.m. to noon before the F2V dinner, so don’t forget to add the workshop to your American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour experience at checkout.

 

You’ll learn about the season’s top trends for Easter, Mother’s Day, graduation and more for gift giving, styling your home and setting the table. In just three hours, you’ll get a ton of tips and tricks for creating Debi’s grocery-to-gorgeous designs. Seating is limited.

Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind Field to Vase Dinner in Carpinteria on March 30.  Tickets are going fast, so reserve your seat today!

Kick Off Spring With Dinner in a California Orchid Greenhouse

Tickets Are On Sale NOW!

The words “magical” and “enchanting” come to mind when we talk about what a dinner in an orchid greenhouse is like. A select few had the chance to experience such an evening two years ago when the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour was last in Carpinteria. Now, we’re back, and this year’s Field to Vase (F2V) dinner promises to provide the same intoxicating experience for guests.

A shot at our last Carpinteria dinner. We are excited to be back for an orchid lovers dream!

Join us for an unforgettable spring evening at Gallup & Stribling Orchids in Carpinteria, California, on Thursday, March 30. Just a few miles south of Santa Barbara, Gallup & Stribling Orchids holds a special distinction as one of a handful of

Setting a record high at Len Busch Roses

The Field to Vase Dinner Tour kicks off the 2017 season and brings a little spring to chilly Plymouth, Minnesota this past weekend

The cold temperatures outside were quickly forgotten when the 2017 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour launched last weekend inside the greenhouses at Len Busch Roses in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Towering centerpieces galore! The tablescape at Len Busch Roses was nothing short of FABULOUS!

The dynamic duo of flower farmer Patrick Busch of Len Busch Roses and featured floral designer Sandy Schroeck of Trend On Design challenged themselves by striving to host the “Best Dinner in F2V History.”.

Busch welcomed F2V guests into the greenhouses at Len Busch Roses to experience the peak of

Martha Stewart Blog Gives Flower Farm Dinners the Nod

Save Your Seat for First Dinner March 11

When you get a nod from the blog of lifestyle expert, Martha Stewart, you know you’re onto something! Stewart recently included the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour in her blog, saying the tour is “setting a new standard for garden parties.”

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Noting that the best part of the dinners is the stunning setting in a field of flowers, she also acknowledged each stop on the tour includes a locally sourced meal, libations, a flower farm tour and an impeccably decorated table.

American Grown Flowers are the focus of these amazing dinners on the nation’s most beautiful flower farms.

Why not take Stewart up on her suggestion and register now for the first dinner on the tour – March 11 at Len Busch Roses in Plymouth, Minnesota.

“Every dinner will surely bring something unique to the table – both in terms of flowers, food and learning,” the blog continues.

Don’t miss this amazing dinner. Save your seats today!

Enjoy an artisan dinner, created by Minnesota’s own Common Roots Catering, in the warmth of a newly remodeled tulip greenhouse surrounded by fragrant flowers, music and guests like yourself who appreciate not only the beauty of American Grown Flowers, but the growing movement among consumers for more local American Grown Flowers, like those grown by Len Busch Roses.

Join us for the experience of a lifetime!

Floral Superstars are the Featured Designers for the American Grown Field To Vase Dinner Tour

Sign Up for a Design Workshop!

With less than a month to go until the first stop on the 2017 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour, we’re announcing the lineup of all-star floral designers who will lend their talents to the tablescapes and other floral designs at each of the seven dinner tour locations.

These designers are renowned in the floral design community, and consumers have seen their work in magazines, on television shows, at celebrity weddings and all over social media. The Field to Vase Dinner Tour (F2V) is your chance to experience their work first-hand.

New this year, F2V guests can add to their experience by taking part in a floral workshop in conjunction with many of the dinners. Our designers will offer floral enthusiasts and fellow creative spirits a workshop where they will share their expertise, tips and tricks.

Meet our 2017 featured F2V floral designers:

Sandy Schroeck AIFD, PFCI, CFD of Trend on Design

Setting the tone for the 2017 dinner tour series, Sandy Schroeck of Trend on Design will festoon the tabletops at Len Busch Roses in Plymouth, Minnesota, on Saturday, March 11 with stunning certified American Grown flowers full of color and life. As an award-winning designer, trend watcher and floral educator, Sandy is partnering with Loann Burke AIFD, PFCI, CFC for a spectacular design workshop Sunday, March 12 that will dive into the latest trends in bridal bouquets, personal flowers and wedding décor.

Tickets: Len Busch Roses in Plymouth, Minnesota, on Saturday, March 11

Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event

Celebrity party planner and author Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event will join us at Gallup & Stribling Orchids in Carpinteria, California, on Thursday, March 30. Known as Oprah’s “Favorite Pro,” Debi has been part of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for more than 10 years and has made it her mission to inspire, educate and share her 20 years of party planning expertise, stylist tips and DIY designs with fans worldwide. With her impressive client list that includes brands like Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Safeway and Lamborghini, Debi is a highly sought-after designer. You’ll want to join us for this special F2V dinner in Carpinteria, and add on her floral workshop where you’ll learn about elegant and easy party essentials.

Tickets: Gallup & Stribling Orchids in Carpinteria, California, on Thursday, March 30

Carly Cylinder of Flour LA, Inc.

Joining us at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California, on Thursday, April 20 is The Flower Chef herself, Carly Cylinder. Author of “The Flower Chef: A Modern Guide to Do-It-Yourself Floral Arrangements” (named to Best Books of 2016), Carly has been featured in magazines such as InStyle, Rachel Ray, Family Circle, US Weekly and more. Carly’s full-service studio, Flour LA, specializes in events for the beauty, fashion and tech industries, and caters to a growing list of celebrity clientele. Before the dinner, F2V guests will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop taught by Carly to learn the many tricks of her trade.

Tickets: The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California, on Thurs., April 20

Francoise Weeks of European Floral Design

Sharing her knowledge of innovation and design, Francoise Weeks of European Floral Design will captivate guests with floral designs that combine creativity and mechanical ingenuity while they dine during the summer sunset at Destiny Hill Farm in Washington, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, June 24. With a global following, Francoise has been featured in Modern Wedding Flowers, Huffington Post, Flutter Magazine and MILIEU. Generous with her perspective in the use of floral materials, structure and mechanics, Francoise will host a two-day workshop prior to the dinner on Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24 for floral students interested in learning more about her unique style.

Tickets: Destiny Hill Farm in Washington, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, June 24

Ariella Chezar of Ariella Chezar Design

Author of “Flowers for the Table” and the upcoming book “The Flower Workshop,” Ariella Chezar is the designer for our adventurous dinner at Scenic Place Peonies in Homer, Alaska, on Saturday, July 29. Both florist and farmer, Ariella specializes in weddings and events using flowers from her farm, Zonneveld Farm, located in upstate New York. She is heading west for this special F2V dinner where she will showcase the striking Alaskan peony in her floral designs. Ariella will teach a day-and-a-half long workshop on Friday, July 28 and pre-dinner on July 29 that promises to fulfill a floral Alaskan adventure of a lifetime.

Tickets: Scenic Place Peonies in Homer, Alaska, on Saturday, July 29

Holly Chapple of Holly Chapple Flowers and Hope Flower Farm

Internationally recognized floral designer Holly Chapple will grace our F2V tables with her exquisite designs as she and husband Evan Chapple host the Field to Vase Dinner Tour on their 27-acre property, Hope Flower Farm in Waterford, Virginia. Adding her “Hollyish” signature style (lovingly coined by fellow designers to describe an aesthetic that is wistful, sophisticated and stylish) to her floral design, we can’t wait to see what this powerhouse will bring to the table on Sunday, October 8.

Tickets: Hope Flower Farm in Waterford, Virginia, on Sunday, October 8

J Schwanke of uBloom.com and J Schwanke Productions

Last but certainly not least, we are honored to have floral design celebrity and “the most trusted voice in the flower industry,” J Schwanke, CEO of uBloom.com! For our final stop of 2017, J is determined to win the floral hearts of our F2V guests with designs at FernTrust in Seville, Florida, on Saturday, Nov. 18. Award-winning speaker and author of “Fun with Flowers – Your Guide to Selecting, Arranging and Enjoying Beautiful Flowers,” J’s passion for flowers shines through his designs. Lucky for us, we are able to invite our F2V guests for a workshop with J featuring tips, tricks and techniques for flower arranging. (Workshop date is yet to be determined).

Tickets: FernTrust Incorporated in Seville, Florida, on Saturday, November 18

Seats for the 2017 Certified American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour are selling fast! What are you waiting for? Save your seat today!

Field to Vase Dinner Tour Tickets Are the Perfect Way to Celebrate Your Valentine

Do Something Extra Special this Valentine's Day!

This year, there’s no need to wring your hands about what to give your valentine. Thanks to the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour, your Valentine’s Day date night is solved!

Make this Valentine’s Day extra special and gift her a dinner she won’t ever forget!

Inside one of Len Busch Roses’ greenhouses.

Share an experience of a lifetime by bringing your valentine to enjoy the 15 acres of flowers at Len Busch Roses where you’ll find greenhouses bursting with color and fragrance, and rows upon rows of potted blooming plants, tulips, lilies, alstroemeria, gerbera, snapdragon, calla lily, delphinium, freesia, statice and stephanotis.

Len Busch Roses is a flower-lover’s paradise, and our Field to Vase Dinner (F2V) guests will experience the glorious blooms those greenhouses contain in Plymouth, Minnesota, on Saturday, March 11.

Flower farmer Patrick Busch of Len Busch Roses will host F2V diners on his beautiful 15-acre farm.

As one of only a handful of rose growers in the United States, the farmers at Len Busch Roses know a lot about the national flower of the U.S., after all, they’ve been growing them for nearly a century. Flower farmer Patrick Busch will be

Where Will We Go?

The 2017 American Grown Field To Vase Dinner Tour Announcement Is Coming Soon!

The launch of the 2017 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour is coming soon. We are lining up some amazingly beautiful flower farms for people to enjoy this year.

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How do we decide where to go?

We work with Certified American Grown Flower farms throughout the United States that would like to have us invite flower lovers to their farm for this very unique experience.

On occasion, we’ve held the dinner in places other than a flower farm.– like our dinner in the heart of Brooklyn in 2015 or our dinner at Cornerstone with Sunset Magazine. So, we’re open to suggestions, recommendations and collaborative opportunities.

Please share your suggestions in the comment section below! We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas for this wonderful tour.

If you are a flower farmer that would like to host a Field to Vase Dinner, let us know. We have an application on our website that you can fill out here:

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A Year Full of Dazzle for F2V

The Field to Vase Dinner Tour says goodbye after a wildly successful 2016 season.

Cheers to another great American Grown Field to Vase (F2V) Dinner Tour season! We are so impressed with the outcome of our second year of spreading the Certified American Grown message across the United States and having dinner with you all. As America gets ready to set their dinner tables for Thanksgiving, we reflect on all that we’re grateful for this year.

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We are truly thankful for our dedicated flower farmers, talented floral designers and superb chefs who all contributed to our cause. We are also thankful for the wonderful collaborations and relationships we formed along the way with partners and special sponsors. Our year was filled with many tabletops boasting beautiful Certified American Grown flowers, menus packed with delightful dishes and blooming conversations with incredible floral enthusiasts – we couldn’t have asked for a better group of individuals to make this year of F2V tour a great one.

Lastly, we are thankful for our beloved F2V guests who dined among the flora with us at each and every location. This tour wouldn’t be possible without you, and for that, we thank you tremendously! You are our ambassadors and helped us spread awareness about the importance of buying and supporting American Grown Flowers.

The Field to Vase Dinner Tour is ready to dazzle once again next year. As many of you know, we have already announced and are very excited to be going to Alaska in 2017. On July 29, 2017, we will be at Scenic Place Peonies in Homer, Alaska! You will be blown away with gorgeous views and breathtaking peonies for this ultimate Alaskan F2V adventure!

Save your seat today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-grown-field-to-vase-dinner-homer-alaska-tickets-23807946208

So, before we close the books on this year’s tour, let’s take a stroll back through 2016 with the beautiful shots of the tablescapes from each of our dinners.

Our first stop at Sun Valley Floral Farms in Arcata, California, set the tone for a standout year! (Designed by Faye Zierer Krause of Flora Organica Designs)

Our first stop at Sun Valley Floral Farms in Arcata, California, set the tone for a standout year! (Designed by Faye Zierer Krause of Flora Organica Designs)

For a second year in a row, we visited The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California, for a dinner full of brightly colored ranunculus and centerpieces to match. (Designed by sister-duo Casey Coleman Schwartz and Kit Wertz of Flower Duet)

For the second year in a row, we visited The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California, for a dinner full of brightly colored ranunculus and centerpieces to match. (Designed by sister-duo Casey Coleman Schwartz and Kit Wertz of Flower Duet)

Making way to the lonestar state, F2V partnered with HEB Blooms in Austin, Texas, for a dinner perfected at Texas Specialty Cut Flowers. (Designed by Erin Esensee of HEB Blooms)

Making way to the lone star state, F2V partnered with HEB Blooms in Austin, Texas, for a dinner perfected at Texas Specialty Cut Flowers. (Designed by Erin Esensee of HEB Blooms)

Two times the charm! F2V made its way to The Fresh Herb Company once again for a beautiful dinner under the Colorado sky. (Designed by Robyn Rissman of Bare Root Flora and Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs)

Two times the charm! F2V made its way to The Fresh Herb Company once again for a beautiful dinner under the Colorado sky. (Designed by Robyn Rissman of Bare Root Flora and Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs)

How special was this dinner in Quakertown, Pennsylvania? We were honored to partner with world-renowned event designer David Beahm of David Beahm Experiences at his own Thistle Dew Farm.

How special was this dinner in Quakertown, Pennsylvania? We were honored to partner with world-renowned event designer David Beahm of David Beahm Experiences at his own Thistle Dew Farm.

The Field to Vase Dinner Tour teamed up with Sunset Magazine for a fabulous night in celebration of American Grown flowers at Cornerstone Sonoma. (Designed by Alethea Harampolis of Homestead Design Collective)

The Field to Vase Dinner Tour teamed up with Sunset Magazine for a fabulous night in celebration of American Grown flowers at Cornerstone Sonoma. (Designed by Alethea Harampolis of Homestead Design Collective)

A beautiful night is an understatement for our dinner at Holland America Flower Farm in Woodland, Washington. (Designed by Hilary Holmes of Emerald Petals)

A beautiful night is an understatement for our dinner at Holland America Flower Farm in Woodland, Washington. (Designed by Hilary Holmes of Emerald Petals)

With the success of the 2016 Field to Vase Dinner Tour season, we can’t wait to share what we have in store for 2017. Be sure to stay in touch as we make the announcement *soon* for the 2017 lineup of dinner stops.

Who knows, we may just end up hosting one of these dreamy dinners in a flower field near you!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

A Beautiful Farewell Made in Woodland

The Field to Vase Dinner Tour wrapped up a successful 2016 series at sold out dinner in Washington.

Beautiful tulip and bulb installations hung above the dinner table.

Beautiful tulip and bulb installations hung above the dinner table.

What a wonderful way to end a beautiful 2016 dinner season! The Field to Vase Dinner Tour visited Holland America Flowers in Woodland, WA for a sold-out night full of blooming celebration. Hosted by owner, president and CEO of Holland America Flowers, Benno Dobbe, more than 125 F2V guests were welcomed to experience the beauty of the farm and learn how the Dobbe’s have grown their farm to become one of the largest cut flower farms in the United States.

The table-scape oozed in tulips, lilies, sunflowers, roses and beautiful greenery.

The table-scape overflowed with tulips, lilies, sunflowers, roses and beautiful greenery.

Lilies and greens bought some color to the reception cocktail tables.

Lilies and greens brought some color to the reception cocktail tables.

A greenhouse on the farm was transformed into a beautifully decorated dining hall with breathtaking arrangements designed by Portland eco-florist Hilary Holmes of Emerald Petals, who shined throughout the night as the featured F2V florist.

The view was a perfect touch to this dinner.

The view was a perfect touch to this dinner.

During the reception, F2V guests mingled and befriended one another over a delicious signature Tulip Burnside Bourbon Cocktail and enjoyed featured wine provided by Confluence Winery. The F2V-favorite D.I.Y. Boutonniere Bar made its grand appearance once again, offering guests a chance to get creative and add a little fun floral to their dinner wardrobes. A short video presentation was shared by Benno, which offered great insight on his farm and how his American dream became a reality with Holland America Flowers.

Just some of the many styles guests could be inspired by to make their own.

The Boutonniere Bar is always a hit with F2V guests.

Just some of the many styles guests could be inspired by to make their own.

Just some of the many styles guests could be inspired by to make for themselves.

The featured wine partner of the night delighted F2V guests throughout dinner.

The featured wine partner of the night delighted F2V guests throughout dinner.

Our featured F2V chef Michael Borges of Mill Creek Pub captivated the taste buds of guests with a menu beautifully crafted by owner Russell Brent. Appetizers included a medley of crostini bursting in delicious flavors. Rosemary balsamic marinated lamb pops were served family-style along with plated salads of peppery arugula, golden organic beets, Yakima pears and candied walnuts with goat cheese. Prime rib with rosemary au jus and peppercorn horseradish cream soon followed as the entrée and was accompanied by a medley of local oven-roasted root vegetables. The meal concluded with a perfected Syrah-poached pear drizzled with chocolate ganache.

The crowd favorite of the night – lamb pops.

The crowd favorite of the night – lamb pops.

Great company, great food and an even greater view!

Great company, great food and an even greater view!

The entrée of the night.

The entrée of the night.

And for dessert…

And for dessert…

By the end of the night, the Certified American Grown program proudly presented Benno with a donation of $1,260 to a special non-profit in his community that he passionate supports.  A leader in his community, Benno has been helping to spearhead the effort to build a swimming pool for the YMCA in Woodland.  This is a wonderful story and example of how America’s flower farmers contribute far more than economic impact.

Table conversations about food, flowers and wine are always our favorite at each dinner.

Table conversations about food, flowers, and wine are always our favorite at each dinner.

Guests left the evening with gorgeous pink and yellow tulips, courtesy of Holland America Flowers, and the popular Field to Vase swag bag was full of goodies every floral enthusiast could appreciate.

The first visit to Washington, will not be our last! Thank you for a beautiful night!

This first visit to Washington, will not be our last! Thank you for a beautiful night!

Thank you to all who helped make our 2016 adventure with the Field to Vase Dinner Tour a blooming one! We are proud to spread the Certified American Grown message across the nation and bring awareness to people everywhere.

Be the first to save your seat at the dinner table and visit Scenic Place Peonies in Homer, Alaska on July 29th, 2017.  See you next year!

Town Favorite Restaurant Becomes Featured Chef in Woodland

Meet our featured chef for our upcoming F2V dinner, Chef Michael Borges of Mill Creek Pub.

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F2V featured chef Michael Borges of Mill Creek Pub.

With 37 years of cooking experience under his belt, Chef Michael Borges of Mill Creek Pub knows how to wine and dine his guests and give them a culinary treat they won’t soon forget. We are so excited and honored to have Michael and his team join us for a night of food, fun, and tasty memories!