When one-time photo and events stylist Christine Hoffman opened Foxglove, a gift and flower shop on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue in 2013, she wanted to stock only locally grown and chemical-free flowers. She could find only a couple local farmers who could supply them. But she suspected she might have stumbled across a bigger idea. She was right: It’s called the Slow Flowers Movement. Hoffman has since become its local authority and founder of the Twin Cities Flower Exchange, a weekly wholesale market for locally grown, chemical-free flowers. Next year, Minneapolis will host the national Slow Flowers Summit July 1–2.




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