Friday, February 12, 2010

LoCoFlo’s Public Speaking Debut!

WATSON_WALES-13Photo by Frank Hamilton

As LoCoFlo enters it’s third year, there are lots of things I am more confident about. I feel good making wrist corsages. I don’t lose (a lot) of sleep thinking that the Coolbot will burn the building down. I can pack the car like a pro.

However, there are also lots of new challenges ahead. One that is looming large on the horizon is my debut as Expert Flower Arranger/Public Speaker. I’m excited to say that I’ve been invited to be the keynote speaker at 57th Annual Meeting of the District 3 Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland. The meeting is made up of representatives from 28 garden clubs throughout Baltimore and Harford counties. According to the Regional Director, the theme for this year’s meeting is “Living Lightly on the Land”. Therefore, the garden clubs thought it might be interesting (oh it’ll be interesting alright) to have a “Green” florist speak and demonstrate designing some spring arrangements with locally grown flowers.

IMG_2296It’s perfect because I love talking about locally grown flowers. I love arranging flowers. I love showing off our past work. I love answering people’s questions about “Green” design and arranging.  I’m just trying to figure out how to do all of those things at once, on a stage,  with a microphone, in front of 150 people!

Thank goodness Marina has agreed to come and help!

I know it’ll be great-I’m just a little nervous. I’m sure with practice and by employing lots of tips shared by my dear friend Kathy York of Scarborough Farm and the fabulous Carole Caggiano-I’ll have those garden ladies thinking “Green” in no time.

The meeting is March 11th at Hillendale Country Club. I’ll be sure to keep you updated on how it goes. Wish me luck!


  1. Good luck El! You'll be great, you always are.

  2. ellen, you will captivate your audience with your knowledge,charm and enthusiasm. you ask how do i know this...i'm your mother