Straight from the source

by Debra Prinzing on April 27, 2011

in Florists and Floral Designers,Growers,Locally Grown,The Book Project

Oregon & Washington’s fresh, field-grown flowers

Cherry, magnolia, plum and dogwood branches – filling my Subaru station wagon!

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.

Here's where floral designers meet the grower – and gain access to the freshest ingredients!

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:

Dogwood ~ so beautiful, from Oregon Coastal Flowers

Yes, it's a raw space, but those flowers make it sparkle!

Hellebores from Jello Mold Farm

Oregon Coastal Flowers has just delivered LILACS galore!

Look at the dreamy willow "orbs" hanging from the ceiling – created by Oregon Coastal Flowers.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary Palmer April 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Heartwarming story Debra, I can almost forget how awful it is outside lately just thinking about buying flowers. Those dogwood blossoms were so perfect. I can imagine what a delightful time you had filling the back of your car! Your photoshoot will be brilliant.

Melrose Haas April 28, 2011 at 7:31 am

Seeing what ya;ll have created just inspires me this morning, as I wait out the high winds and tornatoes tearing through our state, again. I am just starting my first year as a flower grower in NC, and can credit the ASCFG, and it’s members for giving me the confidence to grow. Congrats on getting the SWGM growing, best of luck.

Paradise Specialty Cutflowers April 28, 2011 at 10:55 am

A vision for Dallas Forth Worth Area!

Lorene April 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Those amazing lilacs nearly made me swoon! Next time I want to tag along with you.

Olivia April 28, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Deb, my “cranberry” tree is finally going to bloom and it is going fantastic. The flowers are going to be a dark crabapple red. I plan on cutting some tomorrow. Need any?

compostinmyshoe May 2, 2011 at 8:07 pm

You are so fortunate to have this going on in your area. What a fantastic resource to rely on for quality floral!

Nan May 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Such lovely flowers! They make me swoon.

Too bad its too warm to grow them here. Still, I’d swap an armful of lilacs for an armful of protea flowers any time!


Jan Roozen October 6, 2011 at 10:50 am

absolute glorious and amazing. Beautifull things have the power to lift your spirit

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