Spring is coming! Which means farmers markets will soon be crankin’ with garlic scapes, leafy greens, and bad acoustic music.

Flower advocate Debra Prinzing is looking forward to the return of local lilies. And for good reason.

Americans typically spend $7-8 billion a year on cut flowers. Chances are, those flowers have racked up more travel miles than George Clooney. According to the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC), nearly 80 percent of the flowers in the United States are imported, mostly from South America; during peak flower holidays, like Valentine’s season, flowers might arrive on seven daily flights, six days a week to Miami, only to be trucked across the country for retail.