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Hi! We’re Emily von Trapp and Linda D’Arco, best friends, hosts of the ‘Frost on Flowers’ podcast, and teachers of The Tulip Workshop. Welcome to our winter wonderland, where we teach hundreds of fellow flower farmers and tulip lovers the art and science behind coaxing beautiful flowers to bloom during the “off season.” We’re both proud and excited to be bringing our 15+ years of experience and experimentation to this platform, where anyone in the world can join us virtually for a workshop and learn how we’ve made winter our most profitable growing season. We also offer on-farm experiences at Emily’s farm in Vermont each fall.
We met at one of the first tulip forcing workshops at Emily’s farm several years ago, and quickly found that we share a number of uncanny similarities— the same birthday, the same past career in education, the same pet names,…the list went on and on. Our friendship grew over our shared love of tulips and the growth of this program as means for sharing that passion with the world.
Now, we teach fellow growers around the world how to extend their growing season, bring valuable winter income to their businesses, and provide local, pesticide-free healthy flowers to their communities when the only other option for blooms can be chemical laden products shipped from far away. It’s really a dream come true.
To learn more about The Tulip Workshop visit our website below.
"The workshop with von Trapp Flowers has allowed us to have flowers year round without having a hoop house. The workshop itself was packed full of information and resources but the most valuable part has been having access to Emily to answer questions and troubleshoot situations, even a year later after I took the workshop."
Cassie, Jig-Bee Flower Farm
"I am so grateful for your clear and kind instruction back in 2019 (simpler times)! Your on-going support and cheerleading have been so helpful. Part of what has made the experience of learning from you is that you are looking for ways to help us adapt our own unique climate/infrastructure/market to your successful model, and haven't guaranteed our success on mimicking your own set up and situation. This is evidence of someone who is an expert at her craft. While sharing what works for us with other growers is a generous act, you are providing something more than that. By extending my flower offerings last year with an earlier season than ever before, I was not only able to make more money and keep relevant in the marketplace, but I was able to cheer up hundreds of people during the scary first days of the pandemic."
Robin Holland, Goode Farm
"Emily’s tulip forcing workshop begins with a very detailed, informative, and FUN day on the farm. It is a farmer led, hands on, and captivating day - plus lunch is delicious. Then the mentor relationship begins, and Emily is responsive, helpful and a creative problem solver. I learned everything I needed in order to successfully force a few thousand tulips the winter I took Emily’s workshop. They were happy, healthy, disease and pest free, and they sold out immediately. Here in the cold North East, being able to have tulips in March kicked off our season with a bang! And all of them were grown easily in our basement. I am thrilled that I decided to take this workshop in 2019, and I feel very grateful to have established a relationship with Emily, and the other growers that attended the workshop. 10/10 would recommend to other growers looking to extend their season!"
Tracey Pavan, Swell Farm Flowers
"I am not shy to say that I’m pretty picky when it comes to attending workshops. I look for people that have a true focus on growing flowers for a living and am fond of learning especially from those that focus on a certain variety or growing technique. So when I found Emily on Instagram I was surely taken in by her knowledge in growing tulips.
Emily is very passionate in growing tulips and it shows in her style of teaching. Attention to detail comes natural. Plus her workshop setting on her farm was truly beautiful!! I also love workshops that are a “hands on” approach to teaching, so when Emily had us actually doing every step in her planting technique I was ready to get my hands dirty! If you’re looking for a step above in growing tulips, you’ll find it taking her forcing class. Emily shared her years of experience in forcing and I was able to take this information home and put it to work. I took her class in October and by February I had my first forcing tulips come into bloom. How awesome is that!!!? I came away from Emily’s workshop with a new approach to adding weeks of blooms for sale, confidence in hitting goals for future sales such as Valentine’s Day and take my business to an even higher level of success."
Tania Cubberly, Skyfall Flowers