It's about time someone created a beautiful website dedicated to supporting the local flower movement. The goal of Field to Vase, which has a fast-growing directory of flower farms all over the United States, is "to bring like-minded people in the local flower movement together to share their expertise."
"We believe very strongly that it's going to take all of us working together to disrupt the current state of the industry," writes Field to Vase's founder, Christina Stembel, a florist who owns Farmgirl Flowers.
The new website has a blog to spotlight florists and growers and to offer advice to flower farmers. Wondering how to stretch a 120-day growing season into six months? Field to Vase has the answer. The blog currently features farms across the country, from Pennsylvania to California.
An online digits page dishes out important—and sometimes unbelievable—facts about the flower industry. Did you know that 80 percent of flowers sold in the U.S. are imported from other countries? Or that of all flowers grown domestically, 77 percent are from California?
A resource page shares books, websites, and articles for interested growers hoping to learn more. As a florist, I am very excited to see what farms Field to Vase will discover and feature next.
Above: Daffodils from Floret Flower Farm's Erin Benzakein, a Field to Vase featured grower in Washington's fertile Skagit Valley. Photograph by Erin Benzakein. Read more about Erin in our story: 7 Tips to Grow Cut Flowers in a Tiny Garden.
Above: Garden roses grown by Dawn Severin on her wholesale flower farm, All My Thyme, also in Northwest Washington's Skagit Valley. Dawn's work is dedicated to hand-tending English garden roses and other flowers, as well. You can read her grower spotlight on Field to Vase. Photograph by Dawn Severin.
Above: Unopened peonies from All My Thyme. Photograph by Dawn Severin.
Above: Roses from Windmill Farm in Northern California. Paula and Frank, the husband and wife owners of the farm, sell fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Their plan in 2014 is to set up a flower CSA membership and to deliver weekly bouquets. They sell wholesale and directly to customers. Read their grower spotlight on Field to Vase to learn more about their farm.
Above: A dahlia closeup from Basil and Bergamot. Photograph by Emily Daniel.
For more on flower farmers, see Urban Flower Farm: Love 'n Fresh Flowers in Philadelphia and 12 Tips For Growing Cutting Flowers from Barberry Hill Farm.