Erin Benzakein is the founder of Floret Flower Farm, and is known for her lush, vibrant, romantic floral designs. She pushes the limits of what can be used in bouquets, which led to her winning the Martha Stewart American Made award for Floral and Event Design. Also a winner of the Better Homes and Gardens blogger award, Erin trials an enormous selection of unique varieties each season on her small-scale, high-intensity farm, and her work has been featured in numerous books, websites, and magazines including Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Sunset, Victoria, Country Living, Organic Life and more.
A researcher at heart, Erin conducts extensive field trials of a wide selection of flowers and foliage, including many varieties that are highly fragrant, delicate, and not commonly available in the trade. She shares her trial results along with secrets to small scale, high intensity flower production and design techniques through social media as well as during multi-day workshops that attract farmers, designers, and enthusiasts from around the globe.
She farms, designs, and lives in Mount Vernon, Washington, with her husband and two children.