Lancaster County Wedding Florist

Our Big Move

The seasons are changing and there are some big dreams coming true for Flourish this spring! Plans have been in the works for awhile now and finally, this winter, we started to plow ahead in the gardens and in the barn across the street! We have more than doubled our garden space by adding eight more 100 foot rows (six pictured here) in the former sheep pasture. Larkspur, anemones, ranunculus, poppies, tulips, daffodils, pansies, and lilies are all sleeping soundly in these fresh plowed rows. Some are warming up and are just starting to emerge to find the sun and our eager faces!

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The other half of our move has to do with our workspace. We have been operating out of a small portion of a barn with one counter top and a cooler just barely big enough to fit our needs. While it was cute and cozy, our dream has always been to have a space where we can bless others with the beauty of flowers more efficiently and creatively. Our new space across the street has plenty of room for storing all of our flowers, supplies, and rentable items with lots of space leftover to do all our harvesting and designing. We can't wait to hold classes here and see what other kinds of opportunities this space opens up!

 

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As you can see, everything is still in process, but so much progress has been made over the winter and we are so grateful for the help we have received along the way. Our next step will be to get all the electricity hooked up and to install the new cooler and a sink with hot water. Thanks for following along with us and stay tuned for pictures of the farm in full bloom!

Lititz Grower Garden Tour

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A couple weeks ago Trisha had the privilege of attending a Grower's Garden Tour and Information Session on a lovely flower farm in Lititz. First she got to tour the gardens with the group and was so utterly inspired by all the types of flowers. We have so many on our list for next year, we're just hoping we have room for them all!!! Trish is truly like a kid in a candy store (or maybe even worse) when doing things like this. She can't help squealing when she sees a new beautiful cut flower and is constantly thinking, "I must have that!" The Ornamental Kale pictured below is a perfect example!

 

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After the tour the group met under a large tent to "talk shop". It was a great opportunity to hear from all the experienced growers and get specific information on the best ways to grow some of our favorite flowers. For example, a new tip she picked up about sunflowers is that you can plant cutting sunflowers as close as 1 1/2 inches apart to get the thinner stems and smaller flowers that most florists and customers want. Because who likes to have a huge "log" in your vase? Too easy to tip over on your good dining table!

After the discussion, everyone got to go around and look at the flower arrangements that each person brought to the tour from their own gardens. They could compare notes and Trish learned about a lot of new varieties that the other farmers had tried and got to share a some tips from our gardens as well.

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We are excited to apply some of what she learned and can't wait to expand our gardens to include some fresh new varieties next year!

Slow Flowers

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There is something so delightful about picking an armful of flowers and foliage right from your backyard to adorn your dining room table or gift to a friend. We know that not every home is befit with the space and soil to make that possible, and not everyone can take the time to grow their own flowers but we still believe in the value of knowing where your flowers come from. That's why we are so excited to be listed on the Slowflowers.com database. 14006448213_bd7706ca59_z

Slow Flowers is an online directory created to help the general public find florists, farmers, and designers who are dedicated to growing or using American grown flowers for their trade or craft. The idea of "slow" flowers is similar to the farm-to-table concept, also known as "slow food". We all enjoy the experience of stopping by a road side stand to pick up some homegrown strawberries, knowing they were grown only a few yards from the stand and quite possibly picked by the same person we paid. Buying local seasonal produce is not only great for the tastebuds but also for the community. Choosing local flowers is just as enriching and beneficial for grower and buyer alike.

Debra Prinzing, creator of Slow Flowers, explains, "[It's] about the artisanal, anti-mass-market approach to celebrations, festivities, and floral gifts of love...I want to know where the flowers and greenery were grown, and who grew them. Having a relationship with the grower who planted and nurtured each flower is nothing short of magical..."

You can read more about the Slow Flower movement at her website by clicking here. We encourage you to support your local flower farmers and enjoy getting to know the "faces behind the flowers".

 

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Glamorous Bridal Bouquet Class

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Trish and Lindy recently took a class at Longwood Gardens called "Glamorous Bridal Bouquets." It was a lot of fun, and definitely expanded their wedding bouquet horizons. They learned how to make a 'bridal purse' and various kinds of cascading bouquets. It was challenging and very inspiring.

There were so many different flowers and greens to choose from! Not only that, but all around the room were all sorts of supplies. Ribbons, wires, beads, moss, pins. You name it, they had it!

By the end of the day the room was one colorful and fragrant mess. The best kind of mess!

And of course, you must spend some time walking through the beautiful conservatory. The flowers were breathtaking, and the warm temperature made it feel like summer!