Oregon & Washington’s fresh, field-grown flowers
Today was the one-week anniversary of the opening of the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market and already things are hopping at the old brick warehouse in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood.
I stopped by this morning to pick out a selection of flowering branches and spring perennial blooms from some of the Northwest region’s very best fields.
My assignment: to find cherry, plum, magnolia, quince and dogwood branches with their delicate, just-opening petals. I was also in search of garden hellebores and velvety lamb’s ears foliage . . . all for a floral design photo shoot I’ll be producing tomorrow morning for Better Homes & Gardens.
The vendors at SWGM certainly delivered the ingredients! Thank you to Patrick and Kim from Oregon Coastal Flowers, to Janet Foss from J. Foss Garden Flowers, to Diane Szukovathy from Jello Mold Farm and to Melissa Feveyear, the market manager, from Greenwood Wholesale Floral. I filled the back of my Subaru with vases’ worth of branches and stems . . . ready for tomorrow morning.
If you are a floral designer, event producer or wedding specialist in the Seattle area, get yourself over to the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market.
Here is where you’ll meet honest, hardworking, passionate — and local — growers whose floral crops will wow you. Their ingredients were harvested yesterday and sold today. You can’t get any fresher unless you grow the trees, shrubs and perennials yourself!
Look for that feature story – which we’re calling “Branches & Blooms” — in an issue of Better Homes & Gardens next spring. It’s going to be beautiful!
Enjoy a few more photos of the Growers’ Market: