This Week's Podcast: A Replay: Taming Wildflowers with Miriam Goldberger
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Miriam Goldberger has been taming wildflowers for a long time.
She grew up in an artistic family near New York City, studied dance and became a fitness expert in Los Angeles. She even did a stint as a midwife.
When she moved to a 100-acre farm outside of Toronto, she started growing stuff from seed, and she says she became smitten by beauty and the miracle of that process.
She now finds herself a flower farmer – at Wild Flower Farm, a business she founded with her husband Paul Jenkins. In 1991, Wildflower Farm expanded to become a pick your own flower farm. This quickly attracted the attention of people in Southern Ontario, drawing thousands of folks to the farm during the summer months. Wildflower Farm is now a leading native seed grower supplying hardy, native perennial seeds and site-specific wildflower seed mixes to homeowners, landscape contractors, municipalities and corporations.
Miriam is the author of a new book, Taming Wildflowers: From Seed to Vase – A Celebration, Guide and Users’ Manual.
This is a Do-it-Yourself book on wildflower gardening — jam packed with practical information: How-to grow wildflowers from seed, build a wildflower cutting garden, harvest fresh wildflowers, dry flowers, design wildflower floral arrangements and even create a magical wildflower wedding.
One special example: the book has an identifier of seedlings: which ones are the baby wildflowers and which ones are weeds. Another point of the book is the alliance of specific native pollinator partners of the wildflowers featured.