We are a family run flower farm specializing in growing unique, uncommon and heirloom flowers
Located in Washington’s beautiful Skagit Valley, our fields are bursting with flowers that reflect the season. From fragrant sweet peas in the spring to magnificent dinner plate dahlias in the fall and countless varieties in between, we harvest only the best of what is blooming each day. Research is at the heart of our operation, and we conduct extensive trials to find the very best cut flower varieties, coveted for their scent, stem length, and ephemeral qualities.
We source these hard to find varieties from the best seed houses in the world and make them available to the home gardener. Our shop features our very favorite cut flower seeds, as well as dahlia tubers, spring-flowering bulbs, tools, supplies, and gifts.
Much of my childhood was spent at my great grandparent’s country home, and at an early age, I inherited from them a deep connectedness to nature. From then on I dreamed of living in the country where we’d grow our own vegetables, raise chickens, and plant a small orchard. So in 2001, my husband, our two kids, and I left the hustle of city life in Seattle and moved to a small farm in Washington’s Skagit Valley to pursue a slower, simpler, more intentional lifestyle where we could connect with nature every day. Shortly after we arrived, a generous neighbor brought over his tractor to till a plot of ground so I could finally have the garden of my dreams.
Tucked among the many vegetables in that first garden was a double row of sweet peas planted in memory of my great grandmother who had recently passed away. Grammy called me her “little flower girl” and I was tasked with making bouquets for her bedside table during my annual summer visits. While my creations were simple, she always cooed over them as if they were the most precious things on earth. So, when the first sweet peas bloomed in my garden, it felt as if Grammy were there with me, cheering me on in my new endeavor.
Our garden overflowed that first season, and I shared the bounty with family, friends, and new neighbors. Soon, word got out about our abundant plot, and people I didn’t yet know began asking if they could order our flowers. I had never intended to sell flowers, but I loved gifting them and sharing their beauty. When I delivered my first paid order—a simple jar of sweet peas—I nervously thrust the bouquet into the customer’s hands as soon as she opened her door. For a moment, time slowed as she buried her nose in the blooms. Tears filled her eyes, and she said that the fragrance transported her back in time to happy childhood summers in her grandmother’s garden. Seeing how a small bouquet of flowers had the power to stir such emotion, and connect two perfect strangers in a matter of seconds, was a turning point for me. I knew then and there that I had found my calling, and wanted to devote my life to making people’s lives more beautiful with flowers.
The following year I replaced all of our vegetables with flowers, and the year after that I dug up the orchard to add even more blooms, later building greenhouses to further expand our growing possibilities. Eventually, with only the help of my husband and kids, the humble garden I planted for our family grew into a bustling two-acre farm and design studio that supplied hundreds of thousands of flowers to markets, CSAs, and events.
Eventually, we had demand for more flowers than we could grow in our space, and while we were already working at a frenzied pace, the next logical step was moving to a larger farm. But I knew in my heart that I didn’t want to keep getting bigger and bigger, and decided that the right move was to grow in a different way: by sharing our hard-earned knowledge with others.
Now, in addition to maintaining the farm with our invaluable team, I’m devoted to trialing countless flower, foliage, and edible varieties so we can share which ones are worth growing. We also teach workshops for fellow farmers, designers, and flower lovers so students can explore our fields, and learn our farming methods as well as how to arrange with local, seasonal material.
All of this led to my soon-to-be-released book, Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Seasonal Blooms, which gives step-by-step details on how to cultivate your own flowers in any size space. My book shows off some of the most stunning varieties I’ve ever grown, many of which are primarily available to wholesale growers. But because I want you to be able to grow the same flowers you see in the book, I’ve spent the last year developing our latest offering: the Floret seed line. In our online shop, we now offer more than 100 hard-to-find flower varieties sourced from the finest seed breeders in the world, plus dozens of dahlias, spring flowering bulbs, and supplies.
And for those who aren’t growing their own flowers, we’ve also developed a worldwide network of growers, Floret’s Farmer-Florist Collective, through which you can access locally grown blooms, wherever you live.
What started as a tiny backyard cutting garden years ago has blossomed into a thriving research and education farm, specializing in giving flower lovers the tools and information they need to grow the gardens of their dreams. While much has changed, family is still the heart of Floret, and we are so fortunate to have the opportunity to spend our days working with a terrific team that shares our vision of bringing more beauty into the world.
And every day, I still feel the same as I did when I delivered my first order: that giving someone a simple bouquet can create real connections and transform lives. My goal is to help you, too, to cultivate more beauty in your everyday life, and experience the magic of nature through flowers.