“Season Five of Life in Bloom Premieres Across the U.S.”
Grand Rapids, MI, April 3, 2023 –“I can hardly believe it’s been five seasons, already,” exclaims J Schwanke, the show’s host and creator. ‘Life in Bloom,’ is seen in the U.S. on public television (PBS) stations nationwide. “Starting in April, season five of J Schwanke’s Life in Bloom is available to all public television (PBS) stations, to begin broadcasting! ”
The show airs at times determined by local public television stations, so viewers should check with their local public television station or local listings for dates and times. To find the broadcaster in your area visit www.uBloom.com/find. The show is also available to stream via PBS Passport.
More flower fun – with an emphasis on the health and wellness benefits of flowers – is served up for season five including shows themed to Bouquets, French Inspiration, Callas, the color Blue, the Language of Flowers, and more! Season five has been scheduled by more public television stations, in more markets, than ever before, and viewers are excited for new episodes.
“I love the added creativity our guests bring to the show,” notes Schwanke. Guests include Illustrator Anthony Carpenter, Garden Expert Natalie Carmolli, and Author Lisa Rose. “I enjoy exploring how flowers intersect with guests and the different expertise.”
“Of course we have a few locations to share with viewers. Golden Hour Farm grows medicinal herbs and flowers – really knowledgeable farmers and of course I make a couple of arrangements on site. We also visit Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, a world class botanical garden in our own back yard, so to speak. Memorial Day Flowers Foundation and Bank of America joined us at the Cemetery of Michigan Veteran Homes at Grand Rapids, along with local volunteers to lay a rose at each veteran’s grave – a very moving morning a place that has been unfortunately overlooked in the past,” said Schwanke. “I think that experience will help raise awareness around veterans, that special cemetery, and about the healing power of flowers as well.”
Season five also includes a special Christmas episode. “Flowers elevate any holiday and Christmas is no exception – as my friends in Nebraska know!” mentioned Schwanke. “I have given presentations at the holidays there for over 25 years and now we’ll bring a bit of that flower fun to the TV show, so everyone can enjoy the annual tradition.”
Host J Schwanke is a fourth-generation florist, award-winning author, and speaker, whose passion for flowers is infectious. The impact flowers can have on health and well-being is a feature in each episode.
“Research has shown the presence of flowers has an immediate impact on people’s health and happiness,” says J Schwanke. “It’s been my life-long mission to show people how easy it is improve their daily lives, by including flowers.”
“Viewer response across the U.S. continues to be overwhelmingly positive. People are cluing into to the beauty and relaxation flowers provide – they realize it by simply taking a break and watching the show.”
J shows viewers easy ways to arrange flowers with simple techniques that ensure success. He also welcomes friends and guests for segments with crafts, cooking, cocktails, and flowers for entertaining. Dried and preserved flowers, tropical flowers, and innovation in flowers are all topics as well as easy-to-make recipes with flowers as ingredients, and flower cocktails, including non-alcoholic variations.
J Schwanke’s Life in Bloom also includes visits with flower farmers as well as other types of local farms and farmers – connecting with flowers in unexpected ways. Schwanke notes that “Everything in the world is connected, so it’s important to consider things like sustainability; how the health of bee populations affects flowers, food, and people; how pastures, which include flowering greens, provide nutrition in foods raised there. And the importance of getting to know your local farmer and learning about their practices.”
“I’m so grateful to the show’s underwriters past and present, their belief in the power of flowers and their underwriting of the production is what makes this possible. Original funders such as CalFlowers, Albertsons Companies, and closed-caption funder Holland America are listed in the credits, so new viewers will know of their support,” concluded Schwanke.
“I am quite proud to be part of Life in Bloom,” said Benno Dobbe, Owner of Holland America, “I especially enjoy J’s genuine interaction with his guests – it’s very natural. Of course, the flower arrangements look beautiful, as well! The Dobbe families and our entire Holland America Flowers team are very much looking forward to the new season,” Dobbe concluded.
Albertsons Companies- will be returning again as a Principle Underwriter- with a beautiful 15 Second Flower Filled Video – that highlights the floral artistry and beautiful flowers available at all Albertsons Company Stores. (Learn More about Albertsons Video here!)
Calflowers- has provided incredible support for Life in Bloom since it’s Premiere in April of 2019- and has committed to every Season- including Season 4- where they will serve as the shows Major Underwriter- which allows for a 30 Second Video- featuring “That Flower Feeling” at the beginning and end of every show in Season 4- and the NEW Autumn Special! (Watch the CalFlowers “That Flower Feeling” video- here!)
J Schwanke’s Life in Bloom is presented and distributed by American Public Television. Check local public television and Create TV listings to find out when J Schwanke’s Life in Bloom airs in your area. The show is also available to stream for free via www.uBloom.com/LifeInBloom and the PBS App.