In 2013 Flirty Flowers Started interviewing small localvore flower growers who design events with their own flowers. It launched with the post “Insight into a Small Growerʼs World” by Andrea Gagnon, a Virginia ﬂower grower and owner of LynnVale Farms.
Image of LynnVale Flower Farm
Andrea captured the passion of flower growers in her interview:
“Smaller growers are not that unlike designers in that they are, with few exceptions, ﬂower addicts who are motivated to create, raise, and nurture beauty in this increasingly visually stimulating world. They also have LAND and generally a desire to responsibly use and/or preserve it. Flower farming is high-density farming, a single acre can grow a lot of ﬂowers thus smaller growers often “grow where they live.”
The local flower movement is really coming into its own. People are realizing the benefits of buying the most locally-sourced flowers available. They are fresh, beautiful and support sustainable farming. Florists love my dahlias and lisianthus. They just don’t ship well from the west coast, and transporting cut flowers come at a high cost. Florists love to come and pick out the exact flowers they want from a fresh cut supply. We can offer this (when we aren’t swamped).
The conversation about locally sourced flowers is always growing and expanding. The book and companion blog The 50 Mile Bouquet and Slow Flowers (just book) by Debra Prizinger have helped get our message out. The ASCFG has also put together a campaign and website map that makes it very easy to find local growers in your area. Many small flower farms now have blogs attached to their Facebook pages and websites that tell you all about what they are growing and designing. I also started a Pinterest Page just so florists and clients could see my predicted availability of flowers by the month.
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