J Schwanke's Life In Bloom

Host J Schwanke – a fourth-generation florist, award-winning author and well-known floral educator – shows viewers how have fun with flowers and incorporate their beauty into their homes and everyday lives. J tours flower farms, greenhouses, markets, festivals and special events before sharing easy arranging tips and techniques, and flower-based food and cocktail recipes. In addition, guests including P. Allen Smith discuss how flowers intersect with their lives and interests.

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J Schwanke

J Schwanke

J Schwanke is a flower expert, flower content producer and professional speaker, widely regarded as the most trusted voice in the flower industry.

Life In Bloom

Episode #101 · Host J Schwanke shares simple ways to create a "Life in Bloom." Celebrate and embrace the joy of having flowers in your life, including: flowers for your home, cooking, and helpful flower tips.

Protea: Long-Term Beauty

Episode #102 · Host J Schwanke explores protea, one of the oldest flowers in the world. Visit a protea farm, and learn how to incorporate this exotic flower into crafts, cocktails, and entertaining.

The Romance of Flowers

Episode #103 · Host J Schwanke shares why flowers are considered romantic, and how to use flowers for every day romance. Beautiful, fragrant flowers are used in arrangements, recipes, and for relaxation.

Carnations, Family & Flowers

Episode #104 · Host J Schwanke gives a peek into his family history, his vintage carnation artifact collection, and into a family-run carnation farm. See how flowers have influenced and shaped every part of his life.

Succulents: The Not Quite Flowers

Episode #105 · Host J Schwanke explores the wonderful world of succulents: He visits a succulent farm, hosts a Make & Take party, and goes on location for a succulent-inspired cocktail.

Tulips: Year-Round Spring

Episode #106 · Host J Schwanke shows you the storied history of the tulip, and how to get maximum enjoyment out of this beautiful flower with arrangements and tulip-inspired recipes.

Out on a Limb with Fruit and Flowers

Episode #107 · Host J Schwanke pairs fruit with flowers because it's fun! J gets creative with the abundance of the season, and uses fruit and flowers in simple, unexpected ways in arrangements, recipes, and crafts.

Flower Power

Episode #108 · Host J Schwanke shows you how to use flowers to "petal it forward." The power of flowers affects our health and wellbeing - for the better. See how flowers can heal and cheer when we share them, gift them, even eat them!

All Foliage: Living Green

Episode #109 · Host J Schwanke goes on location to two Florida foliage growers to show you this beautiful workhorse of the plant world, along with several inspired ways to use these long-lasting plants.

A Flower Arranger's Best Friend

Episode #110 · Host J Schwanke shares some history of the flower frog-a device used to help arrange flowers. Whether man-made or natural, this tool has many applications when it comes to arranging and entertaining.

The Art of Flowers

Episode #111 · Host J Schwanke visits with P. Allen Smith at Smith's Moss Mountain farm in Arkansas, and explores the ways flowers inspire and influence art, both in and out of the garden.

Terrariums: Life Under Glass

Episode #112 · Host J Schwanke shows you how to bring more fun, whimsy, and wonder into your life with terrariums, and terrarium-inspired recipes, crafts and entertaining arrangements.

Demystifying Orchids

Episode #113

Arrangements from the Garden

Episode #201 · Host J Schwanke incorporates blooms and branches from the garden into arrangements for the home. Blooms are harvested from the garden, for a framed craft, a rose cake, and a Garden Gimlet cocktail.

From Farm to Plate & Vase

Episode #202 · Host J Schwanke visits Crane Dance Farms and learns the value of pasture-raised food. Local flowers are fashioned into bouquets. Roses from the Farmer's Market are discussed.

Beauty from the Flower Farm

Episode #203 · Host J Schwanke visits Hope Dahlias and learns about the positive effect flowers can have on people. Sage is used three ways: tasty appetizer; spiritual cleanser; flower accent.

The Gift of the Forest

Episode #204 · Host J Schwanke explores the forest and shares ways to experience a bit of its magic every day! Discover forest bathing for wellness. Flower arranging includes moss themes and foraged items.

Traditional Japanese Flower Arts

Episode #205 · Host J Schwanke devotes this episode to traditional Japanese flower arts. Learn about Ikebana flower arranging, the art of a Bonsai, and go on location, to learn the philosophy of a flower farming family.

The Garden, Contained

Episode #206 · Host J Schwanke visits a garden center and offers tips on container gardening and makes an herbal cocktail. Health benefits of flower arranging are discussed. Flowers for a garden party.

Thinking Outside The Vase

Episode #207 · Host J Schwanke explores unusual vessels for flower arranging with a visit to an antique market. Ideas to re-use, re-purpose, and upcycle containers for flower arrangements.

All About Lavender

Episode #208 · Host J Schwanke shares all things Lavender. Learn the health benefits of Lavender's relaxing aroma, go on location to see how hand-crafted soap is made, and arranging and crafting with Lavender.

Pets and Flowers

Episode #209 · Host J Schwanke connects with pets and flowers. Included: a classic poodle mum flower arrangement; flowers for pets to wear; homemade treats for pets: a visit with a pet psychic.

Everything's Coming Up Roses

Episode #210 · Host J Schwanke visits a farm in South America that grows cut garden Roses. Easy arrangements with Roses. A cocktail featuring Rose water. Behind the scenes at an iconic parade.

Flowers: Nature's Rainbow

Episode #211 · Host J Schwanke explores the fascinating world of color. Learn how colors of flowers relate to personality traits. See why yellow flowers improve health. Apply color theory in fun arrangements, food and cocktails.

Flowers to Wear & Share

Episode #212 · Host J Schwanke introduces ways to wear flowers - beyond special occasions. Simple techniques for boutonnieres, a crown of foliage, and creating flower jewelry.

Vegetables and Flowers

Episode #213 · Host J Schwanke visits a local farm with sustainable practices for better nutrition - and overall health. Vegetables are arranged with flowers and used as a vase. Artichoke is the feature flower.