Returning To Carpinteria

Before We Head Off To Carlsbad, Let's Look Back On One Amazing Night at Gallup & Stribling Orchids

A beautiful tablescape of Certified American Grown Flowers designed by Debi Lilly at Gallup & Stribling Orchids.

Tomorrow, we will be breaking bread in the middle of the beautiful ranunculus in The Flower Fields of Carlsbad, but before we go there, we want to take you back to Carpinteria to share with you all of the amazing images photographer Linda Blue captured that evening among the orchids.

Debi Lilly had her hands full while designing with some amazing Certified American Grown orchids at Gallup & Stribling Orchids in Carpinteria, California.

Gallup & Stribling Orchids played host to a magical evening on its farm, and Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event shared her passion and talent with a beautifully designed tablescape. It was a sold-out event with guests enjoying a wonderfully prepared farm-to-fork meal by Rincon Beach Club & Catering’s chefs Ron True and Jose Garcia.

Chef Ron True (far right) and Chef Jose Garcia with Rincon Beach Club & Catering provided guests with an outstanding dining experience.

Certified American Flower farmers and father-and-son duo Alex and Case Van Wingerden were gracious hosts, providing an hour-long tour of their farm to guests who wanted that extra time and experience with the flower farmer discussing orchid growing and answering questions.

Alex and Case Van Wingerden of Gallup & Stribling Orchids were hosts to a sold-out crowd on their farm in Carpinteria, California.

A big thank you to our spirits sponsor Cutler’s Artisan Spirits of Santa Barbara. They greeted our guests with some extra-special tastings of their finest artisan spirits. Guests also enjoyed beer from Santa Barbara’s Captain Fatty’s Craft Brewery.

An American Grown Field to Vase Dinner would not be complete without the accompaniment of great wine, and we enjoyed some amazing pairings from Margerum Wine Company. A big thank you to Brooks Van Wingerden of Margerum Wine Company for joining us and walking our guests through each pairing.

We have a wonderful album of more photos from Carpinteria on our Flickr page. Check them out here:

2017 Carpinteria Field To Vase Dinner

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Turn Your Field to Vase Dinner Tour Experience Into a Full Alaskan Adventure

The American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour is a special event in itself, but this July, we are taking the adventure to the next level with a stop in Homer, Alaska, and we want you to be prepared!

Alaska’s peonies are something to behold! Imagine yourself surrounded by them while dining with fellow flower aficionados in the peony fields in July.

You’ll have the chance to wine and dine among the blooming fields at Scenic Place Peonies farm beside the Kachemak Bay and set against the mountain backdrop that is central Alaska. It’s a dream come true for every flower aficionado in the country.

But a journey to Homer involves so much more, and requires a bit of planning – after all, there are a limited number of daily flights into Alaska and a bit of additional travel planning will be necessary to secure your accommodations and join us at Scenic Place Peonies.

Over the next several days we’ll be providing a series of travel tips, lodging suggestions and adventure ideas for guests who have already purchased their dinner tickets. For those still considering a trip to Alaska, you can sign up for these tips, too!

Just under 50 seats remain for this amazing experience, so make sure you book your dinner tickets today!

Design With “The Flower Chef”

Carly Cylinder To Host Design Workshop At The Flower Fields

Flower Chef Carly Cylinder will dazzle our F2V guests with her amazing floral talents. Be sure to check out her workshop too!

The American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour will make its annual stop at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California, April 20. Guests will enjoy the opportunity of a lifetime, dining overlooking the Pacific Ocean, touring the farm with flower farmer Mike A. Mellano of Mellano & Company while enjoying floral tablescapes created by Carly Cylinder, “The Flower Chef.”

Carly is the author of “The Flower Chef: A Modern Guide to Do-It-Yourself Arrangements,” named one of the best books of 2016 by Amazon Books. She’s been featured in magazines including InStyle, Rachel Ray, Family Circle, US Weekly and more.

Her full-service floral design studio, Flour LA, specializes in events for the beauty, fashion and tech industries. And Carly also caters to a long list of celebrities.

Carly’s “On the Farm” Design Workshop!

Why not take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and join Carly April 20 for a hands-on floral design workshop where you’ll help create the arrangements that will be the stars of the show at dinner that night?

You’ll also create your own glorious flower crown to wear or take home. Along the way, Carly will teach you about flower prep and care, along with fundamental design techniques that can be used in any floral design style. You’ll leave with a your crown and an arrangement!

Be sure to add this workshop when you reserve your seat at dinner. There’s only space for 40 guests, so register today!

And remember, tickets to the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour at The Flower Fields are going to go fast.  There are just 150 seats at the dinner table and they will sell out in advance, so reserve your seats today!

 

 

Imagine dining amongst the rows and rows of beautiful flowers in Carlsbad on April 20th. Click to Save Your Seats!

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

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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

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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

The American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour Covers New Territory in 2017

Reserve Your Seat at the Table Today!

Last year’s sold out American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour took guests on extraordinary adventures, from a world-renowned celebrity event stylist’s private flower farm, to the largest tulip farm in America, to a ranunculus field overlooking the ocean. With so many accolades and happy guests with high expectations fulfilled, we knew we needed to raise the bar even further in 2017.

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Dinner in The Flower Fields overlooking the ocean – Carlsbad, California, dinner in 2016.

Deciding where to go and how to format each dinner is a serious process for our team. We listen to guest feedback and reviews, try new things at each of the dinners (a boutonnière bar, cocktails that feature edible flowers and live music, for example), but at the heart of it all is our Certified American Grown Flower Farms and some amazing sought-after floral designers who come together to help share their stories and passion for American Grown Flowers.

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Bluegrass band playing dinner tunes at Sun Valley Floral Farms in Arcata, California.

After months of planning, we’re ready to announce our 2017 tour locations. We have some surprises in store for you as well that we’ll unveil in coming months (for instance, you asked for more hands-on floral experiences and we’ll soon be announcing some special opportunities we’ve added to the tour that will provide just that).

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Floral fun at The Fresh Herb Company in Boulder, Colorado.

One of the more remote destinations on our list is more of a Field to Vase Adventure than a dinner.  We’ll blaze new territory when we travel to Alaska to visit the only place in the world where peonies thrive during the mid-to-late summer months. Scenic Place Peonies is remote, and travel will require some planning. We’re putting together travel information to assist you in preparing for this trip of a lifetime, along with a package that will include the dinner, a private farm tour and hands-on floral experiences. If you’re interested in this date, please let our team know as space is very limited.

So, without further ado, here are the 2017 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour dates and locations:

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The tour locations were selected to represent the variety of flowers and growing conditions found in the United States. While we can’t showcase every flower each year (that would be a feat!), we always strive to introduce new American flower farms and varieties to our guests.

Here is what some of our guests said last year about the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour:

“It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Aside from my wedding, it was the best event I’ve been to. Every detail was thoughtful and innovative. I loved the venue, the boutonniere bar, the swag bag!” – Erin R., Boulder, Colorado

“It was truly a beautiful and unique experience! I would attend all the dinners around the country if I could!” – Adrienne S., Carlsbad, California

“The Field to Vase dinner was, quite honestly, the most extraordinary event I’ve ever attended in Humboldt County. Everyone came with a spirit of adventure, ready to traipse through the greenhouses in all their farm-chic elegance on a behind-the-scenes tour, before settling in for a fantastic gourmet meal. It is such a joy to rally around local flower farmers and make new friends! It was an unforgettable night that people here are still talking about.” – Amy Stewart, acclaimed garden writer and best-selling author of “Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful.”

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Cheers to Certified American Grown Flowers!

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Every location has the best selfie photo-ops, just like David Beahm’s Thistle Dew Farm in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Wouldn’t you think so?

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Food, flowers, wine and friendship! They’re #F2V staples.

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It was a true bloggers’ paradise at Cornerstone Sonoma with Sunset Magazine! If it’s not Insta-worthy, we’re not having it!

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Guests at Texas Specialty Cut Flowers got theirs … it’s all about the F2V swag bag.

Save your seat today as we expect a sell-out tour for the third year in a row. In the weeks, ahead we’ll be announcing the star-studded cast of floral designers involved with this year’s tour. World-renowned and pioneers in their craft, the 2017 slate of designers will be bringing their own following to the table, so seats will go quickly.

Cheers to a big year with an even BIGGER #F2V adventure! Save your seats today!

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(Did you attend last year’s tour? Share your stories and pictures and help us spread the good news of this year’s tour! We’ll be watching for your posts!)