Xenia D’Ambrosi and Slow Flowers founder, Debra Prinzing

Xenia D’Ambrosi and Slow Flowers founder, Debra Prinzing, at Ms. D’Ambrosi’s Sweet Earth Farm in Pound Ridge.

While the COVID-19 era has seen tremendous loss on the human front, Mother Nature has quietly chalked up a few wins. People traveling less meant gashouse emissions and commercial activities were curtailed, at least for a time, so not only was there cleaner air in New York City, but pumas (the wildcat, not the sneaker) were spotted happily wandering the streets of Santiago, Chile, and dolphins were seen swimming in the unusually clear waters of the canals in Venice, Italy. 

As the world rises and opens up lotus-like from the COVID mud — with all the human hustle and bustle that entails — the budding geniuses behind the Slow Flowers Movement are optimistic that some eco benefits of the virus’s earth-shaking effects will be long term. 

Joyce Corrigan, a features contributor, has held senior positions in magazine publishing including co-editor at ELLE, New York correspondent for Conde Nast Traveller, deputy editor at the Sunday Times Magazine UK and editor-at-large at Marie Claire.

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