Grand Rapids, MI, March 2, 2023 – “G’day Mates! We have exciting news – J Schwanke’s Life In Bloom, is going international!” exclaims J Schwanke, the show’s host and creator. ‘Life in Bloom,’ is seen in the U.S. on public television (PBS) stations nationwide. “Beginning March 4, J Schwanke’s Life In Bloom, will be broadcast by SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) Down Under!”
The show will air Saturdays and Sundays at 9:05 a.m. and 9:35 a.m., bringing two hours of programming a week – devoted to flowers – to the Aussie public. As Australia’s most diverse broadcaster, the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) holds a unique place in the Australian media landscape, inspiring all Australians to explore, respect and celebrate our diverse world and in doing so, contributes to an inclusive and cohesive society.
SBS is a modern, multiplatform media organization with a free-to-air TV portfolio spanning six channels, as well as SBS On Demand, available to audiences anytime and anywhere. J Schwanke’s Life In Bloom, will also be available from SBS On Demand.
“We hope all flower fans in Australia find the show as informative and relaxing as the fans tell us they do here in the U.S.! Now Aussie viewers will see how flowers can enhance health and well-being – along with so many different ways to enjoy flowers – including Arranging, Entertaining, Flower Farm Visits, Recipes & Beverages with Flowers, Crafts with Flowers, and so much more,” enthused Schwanke.
“Our distributor, American Public Television, had suggested there may be international interest the show, and Australia will be the first country outside of the U.S. to air Life in Bloom,” said Schwanke. “Technically, Life in Bloom has aired in Canada, in areas where television markets overlap with the U.S., however Australia is the first international market to pick up the show on a nationwide basis.”
Aussies will enjoy episodes from three seasons, 40 shows in total. 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 – and now that message is traveling all the way to Australia – it’s so exciting.”
“Viewer response in the U.S. hase been overwhelmingly positive to the beauty and relaxation flowers provide – by just taking a break and watching the show. I’m excited that an entirely new audience will learn that interacting with flowers, can improve our environment, mood, and even physical well-being.”
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. Hand-crafted soaps, flowers for pets, and wearable flowers are all included, as well as easy-to-make recipes with flowers as ingredients, such as a twist on ‘dirt cake,’ and herbal cocktails.
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.
J Schwanke’s Life In Bloom, is presented and distributed in the U.S. by American Public Television. The show’s current underwriters are CalFlowers, Albertsons Companies, and closed caption funder Holland America Flowers. 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.
About J Schwanke
J is the host and creator of the TV show J Schwanke’s Life In Bloom, beginning its fourth season on public television. A fourth-generation florist, he is a flower expert and professional speaker, regarded as the most trusted voice in the flower industry. He was actually born at a flower convention and grew up in his family’s greenhouses. His website, uBloom.com, offers flower fans everywhere the opportunity to learn and experience the fun of flowers and flower arranging, 24/7! J has given flower demonstrations in all 50 states, Canada and England. Highlights include the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, Art in Bloom, Bouquets to Art, San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, and Flowers at Kensington Palace. The J Schwanke YouTube Channel has over 90,000 subscribers and more than 11.5 million views. J is the author of Fun with Flowers, a Living Now Book Award winner, and Bloom 365 – The Essential Guide to Arranging Flowers Every Day, awarded the Gold IPPY (Home and Garden category) by the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
American Public Television
American Public Television (APT) is the leading syndicator of high-quality, top-rated programming to the nation’s public television stations. Founded in 1961, APT distributes 250 new program titles per year and more than one-third of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles in the U.S. APT’s diverse catalog includes prominent documentaries, performance, dramas, how-to programs, classic movies, children’s series and news and current affairs programs. Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders, America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, AfroPoP, Rick Steves’ Europe, Pacific Heartbeat, Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Television, Legacy List with Matt Paxton, Lidia’s Kitchen, Kevin Belton’s New Orleans Kitchen, Simply Ming, The Best of the Joy of Painting with Bob Ross, Live From the Artists Den, James Patterson’s Kid Stew and NHK Newsline are a sampling of APT’s programs, considered some of the most popular on public television. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service and distributes Create®TV — featuring the best of public television’s lifestyle programming — and WORLD™, public television’s premier news, science and documentary channel. To find out more about APT’s programs and services, visit APTonline.org.
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