Here, There, and Everywhere…

Though we’re based in Birmingham, Alabama, I travel frequently to spread the word about flower magazine. After all, flowers are everywhere, and now, our distribution is catching up.

Meanwhile, my travels in the last year and a half have ranged from London for the Chelsea Flower Show and Newport, Rhode Island, for their Flower Show to the Richard Avery Conference Center at the Fish Farming Center in Greensboro, Alabama, where I spoke to a lovely group of avid flowerers.

My other peregrinations in the past year have included a weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina (The Queen City) for the Southern Retail Florist Association Convention and a trip to the idyllic Mackinac Island in early September to speak at the Carleton Varney Antique and Design Fall Festival (If you’ve never been to this magical island, run don’t walk to and secure your place—preferably September 18 to 22 for Mr. Varney’s 20th Annual Antique and Design weekend).

A two-day jaunt to San Antonio where I stayed with a former college roommate included speaking to her Garden Club of America group, touring the splendid Botanical Garden, and ducking into a gem of a museum, The McNay, on my way to the airport.

During a whirlwind trip to New Orleans, native Angèle Parlange whisked me to some of the most fun and floral spots in town. Nashville entertained with its perennially excellent Antiques and Garden Show, and then it was on to Lynchburg, Virginia, to speak to two fabulous groups of garden clubbers, where all was abuzz in preparation for the Historic Garden Week.

Most recently, a sublime visit to Pensacola, Florida, found me speaking again to a wonderful assembly of flower lovers and meeting Shannon Pallin, a René van Rems-trained floral designer, who was responsible for starting a Pensacola Art in Bloom. It takes a village of volunteers to implement an event of this magnitude, but it also takes one person with a vision. BRAVO Shannon!

Who knows where flower travel will take me next?
Stay tuned…

Until then, flower to the people!

SDG (I am so blessed to have this job),

Margot Shaw


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