Recipe video for Rabbit Hole Magazine

We had so much fun last week working with Potluck Creative on this flower recipe video for Rabbit Hole Magazine. Our video was part of a series of recipe videos promoting their first "Down the Rabbit Hole" dinner on April 22nd at Ampersand, where we'll be creating arrangements with fragrance notes that are paired with items from the menu prepared by Nick Bajal and David Fingerman from Atwood, and Ian Van Veen from Letherbee Distillers.

Spring 2014 Planting Party Date Announced!

It's that time of year again (finally!). The first of our dahlia plugs have arrived and we've got a semi truck full of Organimix compost on it's way! We hope you can join us for our annual spring planting party on Saturday, May 17th at The Farm in Barrington, IL.  Get all the details and sign up HERE.

Here is a look back on our our 2013 planting party: 

Autumn Woodland Wedding

A couple months ago we were invited to contribute flowers to an autumn woodland inspired photo shoot, styled by Ashley Bosnick Photography and Naturally Yours Events. Recently it was published in Green Wedding Shoes, where you can view the whole collection. Here are a handful of my favorites from the day.

 

 

 

 

Table top rentals// Nimble Well, s'mores bar and caramels by Katherine Anne Confections, furniture rentals by Shadow Box Dreams Vintage Rentals, paper goods by Two Little Birds Press, cake by Elysia Root Cakes, hair and make up by Debra Petrielli.

2013 Season Review

With frost not too far off, we've been doing a lot of reflecting back on our first growing season. We've certainly learned a lot along the way. We learned that starting with fertile soil and 60 cu. yards of organic compost are key ingredients in producing big, healthy blooms. Our dahlias were incredibly productive with each variety possessing a personality all its own. The drip irrigation installed in the spring was worth every penny and saved countless hours, as did the weed fabric each of our 1,200 dahlias were planted into. Good help is invaluable and so is having friends and family who don't mind getting their hands dirty. 

We also learned that finding a balance between flower farming and designing can be a difficult one to strike. We spend the majority of our time caring for the flowers in field: staking, weeding, watering, harvesting and inspecting them for insects and disease. This intimate connection to the plants fuels our creativity, inspires our designs and challenges our mental and physical energy. While our time in the field is necessary and valuable, it is also incredibly time-consuming. As we look to next season, we hope to spend more time fine tuning our design skills, growing our team and our crops.

We have big ideas we cannot wait to implement, and look forward to a winter full of planning (and a little rest too).

Open Studio Sundays

There are still a few weeks left before frost and I'll be bringing in lots of flower from the farm to share with everyone during my open studio Sundays. To really get into the fall vibe we'll have cider and donuts available for purchase, as well as a card writing desk where you can put the final touches on a gift. Hope to see you!

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Flower market at Heritage

Some pictures from our first summer market at Heritage Bicycle General Store.  We'll occassionally be setting up weekend shops in their side lot throughout the growing season. 

Summer Flower Shares at Dose Market

Check out this line-up of Chicago's finest!  We're feeling like we're in pretty fantastic company for our first Dose Market this Sunday, March 10th.  Summer flower shares will go on sale and we'll be making arrangements for you all day.  Stop by and say hello! See you there.

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