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J Schwanke’s Life In Bloom

Host J Schwanke shows how to bring the beauty of flowers into your surroundings and demonstrates how living a life surrounded by colorful blossoms can reduce stress, instill wellness, and enhance happiness. Season two features techniques for flower arrangement, delicious floral food and cocktail recipes, and fun conversations with guests – from dahlia growers to chiropractors.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

26m 46s

Let’s explore what it means to be a neighbor on this episode of Life in Bloom. We’ll visit the store on the corner and see how they improve their neighborhood for all - including the use of flowers, of course. J divides botanical treasures and suggests ways to express gratitude with flowers. Also included: a recipe for poutine and an arrangement from a viewer.

Episodes

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    Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

    S6 E612 - 26m 46s

    Let’s explore what it means to be a neighbor on this episode of Life in Bloom. We’ll visit the store on the corner and see how they improve their neighborhood for all - including the use of flowers, of course. J divides botanical treasures and suggests ways to express gratitude with flowers. Also included: a recipe for poutine and an arrangement from a viewer.

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    The Shade of it All

    S6 E611 - 26m 46s

    On today’s show we’re taking refuge in the shade - with flowers, of course! We’ll plant flowers suited to the shade in a container garden. Lawn gives way to blooming plants for more flower arranging fun. Artwork created with special light sensitive paper has a botanical bent. Tints, tones and shades are explored in a bouquet. A viewer shares their flower arrangement.

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    Día de los Muertos

    S6 E610 - 26m 46s

    On this episode we are learning all about Día de los Muertos, from flower friend Sandy Villegas of Tucson, Arizona. Sandy shares the celebration’s significance in her culture and teaches J how she makes paper flowers as well as paper maché figures. Included: a celebration of life reflective of Sandy’s cultural traditions and a flower arrangement shared by a viewer. Marigold is the featured flower.

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    Color Schemes

    S6 E609 - 26m 46s

    Color is the focus of this episode. J shows ways to ways to work with color and flowers, based on the color wheel. Flower arrangements with complimentary, monochromatic, triadic, and analogous concepts are created. The featured flower is the colorful and vibrant coleus. Flowers arrangements from a viewer are also included.

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    What’s the Tea?

    S6 E608 - 26m 46s

    This episode revolves around tea. A look at the tea leaves reveals an immediate future that includes an antique tea set hand painted by J’s great aunt Lucy Jane. A visit with urban farmer Jill Frey who grows edible flowers along with several type of lettuce in a retrofitted shipping container. Self-care strategies, and tea time treats are also included.

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    Rose City

    S6 E607 - 26m 46s

    Join J as he explores the city of roses, Portland, Oregon. Learn how roses became part of the city’s identity, and watch J create souvenir artwork. Peterkort Roses, a local greenhouse grower that’s been around for over 100 years, shares their history with J. J also greets flower farmers at the Portland Flower Market. Flower arrangements from a viewer are also shared.

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    Flowers & Kids

    S6 E606 - 26m 46s

    On this episode flowers and kids team up for some exciting projects. Atticus instructs J about making perfume from flowers. June and her Mom Bretagne design and assist J with a kitty made of flowers. Hendrick and J construct veggie bug snacks. Plus - flower fun with a robot? J is joined by Wimee the Robot, Michael Hyacinthe, and Kevin Kammeraad from Wimee’s Words, seen on PBS.

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    Tickled Pink

    S6 E605 - 26m 46s

    This episode of Life in Bloom is tickled pink! Pink is the most prevalent flower color in nature and we’re here for it! J visits with pink pal, Chef Jenna to see how she includes her color of choice in everything she does. J creates an heirloom style arrangement, a hand-tied bouquet, and enjoys a pink gin cocktail with Jenna. You’ll be feeling “in the pinks” after this show.

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    Woven Together

    S6 E604 - 26m 46s

    J’s flower friend Sue Muldoon joins him to explore her passion, weaving. From chairs, to baskets, to trays, Sue shares her skills. J finds many ways to combine flowers with Sue’s woven projects. Then, Sue and J trade their best baking tips as they make blueberry scones together. Hanging Amaranthus is the featured flower. Flowers from a viewer are also shared.

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    The Stinking Rose

    S6 E603 - 26m 46s

    This episode features the “other” rose - garlic. A visit to Brickyard Farms, famous for growing Garlic in abundance. J creates an arrangement including garlic scapes. A garlic roll recipe is included -as well as a fresh garlic infused martini? Arrangements by a viewer and her family are also shared.

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    Let’s Go Dutch

    S6 E602 - 26m 46s

    This episode of Life in Bloom focuses on the influence of Dutch culture on flowers. Visit a second-generation flower farm, Oregon Flowers, founded by Dutch immigrants. J creates a hand tied bouquet with flourish, arranges flowers in Delft pottery, and mimics flower paintings by arranging in the style of the Dutch masters. Arrangements by a viewer are also shared.

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    Butterflies in Bloom

    S6 E601 - 26m 46s

    In this episode, butterflies are on the brain. J takes viewers to a garden blooming with butterflies at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, where he also finds inspiration for flower arrangements. J is joined by flower friend Cecelia for a butterfly project and a butterfly cocktail. Arrangements by a viewer are also shared.

Schedule

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    J Schwanke’s Life In Bloom

    What's the Tea?

    Tuesday
    Jun 25

    30 Minutes

    Hand-painted antique tea set; urban farmer Jill Frey grows edible flowers and several types of lettuce in a retrofitted shipping container; self-care strategies; tea time treats.
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    J Schwanke’s Life In Bloom

    What's the Tea?

    Saturday
    Jun 29

    30 Minutes

    Hand-painted antique tea set; urban farmer Jill Frey grows edible flowers and several types of lettuce in a retrofitted shipping container; self-care strategies; tea time treats.
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    J Schwanke’s Life In Bloom

    Color Schemes

    Tuesday
    Jul 2

    30 Minutes

    Working with color and flowers based on the color wheel; flower arrangements with complimentary, monochromatic, triadic and analogous concepts; the colorful and vibrant coleus.
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    J Schwanke’s Life In Bloom

    Dia de los Muertos

    Saturday
    Jul 6

    30 Minutes

    Celebrating Dia de los Muertos; making paper flowers and paper mache figures; flower arrangement; marigolds.

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