February 22, 2024

Gardening in a War Zone. {Alla Olkhovska, Floret}

I found this profoundly sad, yet inspiring too. F*ck Putin.

I would love to see gardeners out there support this brave woman and her family and community.

Let’s support Alla Olkhovska. Below the video is how you can get her seed ebook, and support her.

“Thank you for this profoundly sad, heartbreaking, yet inspiring window into the evil that Putin’s greed and hate has created.

I wonder—would it be helpful to mail you a solar light, that would charge by day? More fleece robes, coats, gloves, anything for you and your family and friends and community?

I will share this on my site, elephantjournal.com, and encourage my friends and mom and loved ones to get your seeds and donate. Love to you and yours.”

Watch the very first Floret Original documentary film, Gardening in a War Zone.

This film features Alla Olkhovska, a gardener, writer, photographer, and clematis seed grower in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Unable to leave the country, Alla supports her family by selling the rare seeds she collects from her small garden. This story is rooted in beauty, inspiration, and hope. In addition to this documentary film, you can read a full written interview with Alla here: https://www.floretflowers.com/the-far…

If you’d like to support Alla and her family, here’s how: PURCHASE A COPY OF ALLA’S E-BOOK https://shop.floretflowers.com/produc…

DONATE VIA PAYPAL [email protected] List “humanitarian aid” in the payment field description SUBSCRIBE TO PATREON   / allaolkhovska   FOLLOW ALLA ON SOCIAL MEDIA   / allaolkhovska     / allaolkhovska      / @lindengrovegardens4570   SPECIAL THANKS To Alla Olkhovska and her family for their courage and contributions to the making of this film. Thank you for all your efforts to make this world more beautiful. VIDEO CREDITS Executive Producer: Erin Benzakein Director: Rob Finch Editor: Sarah Bourscheid Producer: Rob Finch Associate Producer: Sarah Bourscheid Director of Photography: Oleh Halaidych Additional Cinematography: Alla Olkhovska, Vitaliy Olkhovskyi Color Correction and Sound Mix: Sarah Bourscheid Production and Post Support: Chris Benzakein, Jill Jorgensen, Laura Davis, Melissa Reese, Angela Strand Stock Footage: iStock, Adobe Stock, Pond 5 Music: Soundstripe Copyright Floret LLC Sign up for our newsletter: https://floretflowerfarm.com/newsletter Website: https://www.floretflowers.com/ Shop: https://shop.floretflowers.com/ Instagram:   / floretflower   Facebook:   / floretflowers   Pinterest:   / floretflwrfarm   Subscribe to our channel:    / @floretflowerfarm   @lindengrovegardens4570 #floret #floretoriginalfilm #flowers #clematis #flowerseeds #specialtyseeds #erinbenzakein


From Floret:

If you’d like to support Alla and her family, here’s how:

Purchase a copy of Alla’s book

If you want to learn all about clematis, Alla wrote a wonderful e-book all about them. This 124-page book includes her beautiful photography, growing advice based on her personal experience, plus her favorite varieties (organized by bloom time), and instructions on how to propagate clematis through cuttings and layering, and from seed.

We’ve just added Alla’s new e-book all about clematis to the Floret Shop if you would like to order a copy. Since it is a digital product, it will be delivered by email right away. 100% of the proceeds from Alla’s book sales through our shop will go directly to her—purchase your copy here.

Make a donation 

If you’re not interested in seeds or a book and would like another way to help, you can simply send money. The exchange rate is very much in Alla’s favor, and what might seem like a small amount will go a long way for her and her family.

Funds can be sent via PayPal to [email protected]. All donations go directly to Alla, and if you enter HUMANITARIAN AID into the “What’s this payment for” field, fees and taxes will be waived.

Subscribe to Patreon

Alla just started a Patreon account with three monthly subscription levels: snowdrop ($5 USD/month) clematis ($10 USD/month), and peony ($25 USD/month). These subscriptions will allow Alla to continue her seed-saving efforts and will support her family during the upcoming winter months. For more information, click here.

Order seeds

Please note Alla is currently sold out of seeds because of your incredible support. After she processes all of the orders, she may be able to restock a few varieties. She will be posting updates on her Instagram account. 

Alla sells seeds for clematis, peonies, phlox, and rare plants and ships worldwide. To place an order, visit her online catalogs here and here.

Follow Alla on social media

Alla has a wonderful Instagram account where she shares beautiful pictures from the garden, interesting videos of her work, and updates from Ukraine. She also has a Facebook page that you can follow and a YouTube channel that you can subscribe to. Be sure to leave her a comment and some encouraging words.

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