October 16, 2022
The garden brings the spark black flora Author Teresa Speight is in Austin for a presentation this Thursday sure to be filled with beautiful flowers and inspiring stories about Black florists, flower growers and other floral creatives. Tickets are on sale now, and I hope you will plan to join us if you are able. The talk will be held in the outdoor classroom at Burton Springs Nursery and the weather forecast looks pretty perfect. It will be fun and informative, and you will participate in Austin’s active, innovative, and creative gardening community!
I have known Teri since 2017. He is passionate about gardening and connects with gardeners from all over the country. I have no doubt that she will bring her humor and storytelling talents to her Garden Spark talks and that she will be selling and signing copies of her beautifully illustrated books. black flora.
Here’s a teaser for you, plus a little biographical info about Teri.
Black Flora: Our Ancestral Seed
Teresa Speight, author of black flora, a new book about African Americans in the world of floriculture, tells the stories of farmers, florists and other floral creatives who answered the call of flowers, tapped their passions and listened to their hearts. African American and other people of color have a rich, beautiful, complex and diverse narrative in the flower market. It is long past time to recognize their excellence and contribution to cut-flower farming and floristry, as they sow the seeds for generations to come.
Writer, podcaster and garden writer Teresa J. Speight A proud native of Washington, DC, as well as a mother, grandmother, garden writer and history buff. With ancestral roots growing in North and South Carolina, he feels deeply connected to the earth. He has honored those roots through his work as head gardener in the Virginia city of Fredericksburg; As the founding farmer of an organic CSA farm; As the founder and president of the Jabali Amani Garden Collective, an online African American garden club focused on “beautifying our community’s urban areas”; And as an estate gardener. Teresa works to reconnect people with the soil by providing one-on-one garden coaching and curated gardening experiences for small groups.
Author of Teresa Black Flora: Profiles of Inspired Black Flower Growers + Florists and its co-authors Urban Gardens: 101 Ways to Grow Food and Beauty in the City. In her podcast Cottage on the Court (available on Anchor or Apple Podcasts), Teresa introduces interesting people, discovers unique places, and adds a little poem to remind everyone to embrace the garden, because it’s here for us.
Register today, and then come out and enjoy Thursday’s Garden Spark event with fellow garden lovers!
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