Debra Prinzing

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7738 Seward Park Ave. S. Seattle, Washington 98118

Debra Prinzing is a Seattle- and Los Angeles-based outdoor living expert who writes and lectures on gardens and home design.

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Preview "The 50 Mile Bouquet"


Debra has a background in textiles, journalism, landscape design and horticulture.  A frequent speaker for botanical garden, horticultural society and flower show audiences, Debra is also a regular radio and television guest. Her six books include just-released The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable flowers (St. Lynn's Press, 2012 with photographer David E. Perry), the award-winning Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways (Clarkson-Potter/Random House, 2008) and The Abundant Garden (2005). 

Debra is the new contributing garden editor for Better Homes & Gardens and her feature stories on architecture and design appear regularly in the Los Angeles Times’ Home section. She is also a contributing editor to Garden Design magazine and writes for top shelter and consumer publications, including Fine Gardening, Cottages & Bungalows, Metropolitan Home, Landscape Architecture, Sunset, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Old House Interiors, Seattle Homes & Lifestyles and Romantic Homes, among others.

Debra is an associate with Lifestyle Insights, a group of savvy professionals who develop new-media content to help corporations communicate with women consumers. Her website and blog:


A Year in Flowers: Seasonal, local and sustainable floral ingredients 

During each month of the year, the garden has something wonderful to offer those who want to enjoy cut floral arrangements indoors. Expand the way you view your own backyard, the flowers sold by vendors at your local farmer’s market and even the “weeds” in our area’s wilder places. You will discover inspiring new ways to grow, glean, harvest and gather floral design ingredients – in every season.

Author and outdoor living expert Debra Prinzing will share her passion for local and seasonal flowers in a two-part talk. The first part - a hands-on demonstration - presents several seasonal floral design projects. Debra will discuss the best ways to harvest, process and prolong the vase life of the ingredients. Audience members will receive instructions, a recommended plant list and other floral design resources. Next, in an illustrated lecture, Debra will introduce you to the many inspiring flower farmers and floral designers who have contributed to the “green” flower movement. Learn about the eco-friendly growing and design approaches taken by these passionate individuals. You can borrow their sustainable practices for your own cut flower garden – and bouquets.

The projects are adapted from “The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers,” her exciting new book with photographer David Perry. 

GARDENING GETAWAYS: Create the stylish shed of your dreams -- backyard destinations from the small to the sublime

Today when people build a backyard shed, their use of it may soon expand far beyond the original intent of potting up seedlings or storing tools. Any personal passion you wish to nurture can occur inside a diminutive piece of architecture in the garden. Today’s shed is no longer hiding in a far corner of the backyard. Instead, it occupies a starring role in the landscape. Gardeners are transforming this once-humble structure into a backyard sanctuary – a retreat, just steps from the back door. Sheds have become as individual as their inhabitants, but the best of them fulfill three needs: function, recreation and inspiration.

RENEW, REFRESH, REPURPOSE: High Concept Meets Sustainable Design

Sustainable design involves landscapes that use little or no water, outdoor living environments that reflect geography and place, and gardens that feed the body and soul. Together, these elements inspire some of the West's best design solutions and demonstrate how sustainability and artistry can comfortably co-exist in the landscape. While covering some of the region's top architectural, landscape and garden design projects for the Los Angeles Times, Garden Design, and Pacific Horticulture, Debra has been inspired tby sustainable designs that use recycled and repurposed ingredients as well as innovative plant palettes. Walls, furniture, floors, artwork, and structures (including stylish sheds) are expressed in a spectrum of styles - from ranch and modern to cottage and rustic.

She will share insights and inspiration from backyards, patios, sidewalks and balconies - beautiful and functional spaces that reflect their owners' personalities and respect their surroundings. You can use the ideas as a springboard for your own design resourcefulness, incorporating sustainable elements into the planted and built world of your own garden.




Los Angeles, Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Seattle area. Open to travel coast-to-coast.

Photo Gallery

  • The 'Suncatcher'
  • 'Heart's Content'
  • 'Hill Country Haven'

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Audience Reviews

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Delightful and Informative

Mary Berg from Woodinville - 04/08/2014 15:05:59

From an organizer's point of view Debra is a dream to work with. She is well organized, knowledgeable and thoroughly delightful. She spoke on using perennials in cut arrangements to an engaged and enthusiastic audience and gave a demo that inspired and built confidence regardless of skill level or experience. Her handout was easy to follow and packed with useful information. I look forward to working with her again and highly recommend her.

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Debra Prinzing Floral Design Class

debra smith from Seattle. WA - 03/15/2014 13:51:18

Debra was an excellent speaker and teacher. She gives very interesting information on floral design, conservation and background stories. Her materials from local farms is fresh and creative, unusual. Her casual, friendly style made it an informative and fun day. I would highly recommend her.

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Slow Flowers presentation

Nancy from Fort Worth - 10/21/2013 21:44:20

This is an excellent presentation. The members of our garden club were very impressed. The information Debra shared was important for us to think about. We enjoyed Debra personally and learned a lot from her. Her visit was a true pleasure.