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Is the farm open to the public? Can I come for a quick visit or take some photos?

The farm is also the Benzakein family home and is therefore closed to the public. Thank you in advance for understanding.

Can I still register for the 2020 Floret Online Workshop?

Sorry, but registration for our 2020 workshop closed on November 8, 2019. Enrollment for the 2021 Floret Online Workshop will be open in November 2020.

How long with the Cut Flower Garden Mini Course videos be viewable?

The Cut Flower Garden Mini Course video tutorials are available until November 8, 2019, the close of the Floret Online Workshop enrollment period.

When will the seeds in the Floret Shop be available?

On January 6, 2020, we’ll be offering our full seed line for the 2020 season. View our product availability schedule here.

Where can I find your product availability schedule?

As a small family farm and business, Floret offers limited quantities of our specialty seeds, bulbs and garden products at specific times of the year. Our products always sell out fast, so be sure to sign up for the Floret newsletter to be notified of future events and use our “email when available” option on product listings to notify you once an item has been re-stocked.

View our availability schedule here.

How should I store my Floret Seeds if I do not plant them all right away?

Store your seeds in a cool, dark and dry place that no pests can get to (insects, rodents and other critters love to eat seeds). As long as they stay cool and dry, your seeds will keep just fine for a year or two.

How do I participate in the #AYearInFlowers Project?

The goal of this community-driven project is to highlight what’s blooming in gardens across the globe each week.

How to participate in #AYearInFlowers

1) Capture. Take a photo of flowers that are in season in your area, whether it is a fistful of flowers from your backyard or a bouquet from your local farmers market.

2) Post. On Instagram, upload your photo and tag it with #AYearInFlowers.

On Facebook, upload your photo as a comment under my weekly post.

3) Share. In your photo caption, please share what flowers are featured (if you know them) along with your location. Bonus points for listing your USDA hardiness zone and week number (i.e. #week22flowers).

Each week, I select a few submissions to share on the Floret Blog. See all #AYearInFlowers posts.

When will Floret's next book be available?

Floret’s new book, A Year in Flowers, will be available wherever books are sold on February 11, 2020. Pre-orders are available from major retailers and signed pre-order copies are now available in the Floret Shop.

Can you tell me if I should pinch my flowers?

Please refer to the product descriptions in the Floret Shop for information on pinching.  If a particular variety thrives from pinching, you’ll find the pinching height in the description.

Floret Shop & Shipping Questions

Do you ship internationally?

Yes, Floret offers limited international shipping. Please read our Shipping & Delivery page for additional details and restrictions related to shipping seeds and products internationally. Note: Floret no longer ships seeds to the European Union. Read more about this decision and get a list of international specialty seed sources

When will products marked "Coming Soon" be available?

Seeds marked as “Coming Soon” will be available on January 6, 2020.

Floret products marked as “Coming Soon” are currently out of stock or on backorder.

Please use the “email when available” feature to be notified when items have been re-stocked.

When will products marked as "Sold Out" be available again?

Bulbs: All tulips, narcissus and other bulbs marked as “sold out” are sold out for the 2019 season. We will offer a curated selection of specialty bulbs again in the autumn of 2020. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be notified about future bulb sales.

Gift Collections & Calendars: Our 2019 collections and calendars are sold out for the year. Our 2020 calendars and other paper goods will be available in the Floret Shop in mid-November.

Seeds: Our 2020 line of Floret Seeds will be available January 6, 2020.

Dahlias are unavailable this season. Although we are not offering dahlias for sale at this time, we chose not to delete the listings, as there are a number of external websites that link to our site for information and many fellow dahlia lovers use our photos to help them identify their flowers. Read our list of top dahlia sources for 2019.

Tools & Supplies will be re-stocked as soon as we receive additional inventory. Dates vary by product.

Please use the “email when available” feature to be notified when items have been re-stocked.

Do you have gift certificates available?

YES!  We now have gift cards available in increments of $25. Shop gift cards here.

Do you offer wholesale seeds?

We are offering wholesale seeds exclusively to a very limited number of retail stores and are unable to accommodate additional requests at this time.

When will my order be shipped?

Most orders ship within 3-4 business days. The Floret Team is working as fast as they can to get our seeds and other goodies shipped to gardeners around the world. Thanks in advance for your patience while we prepare your order.

 

Can I change my order?

Once an order has been placed, we cannot add or subtract items. If you want additional items not included in your original order, please place a new order. We are unable to combine separately placed orders.

Do you charge sales tax?

We are required by law to charge sales tax on all orders shipped to Washington.

Can I place my order by phone?

Sorry, but as a small family business we only accept orders via our website at this time.

When will you offer dahlias for sale?

We are taking a break from selling dahlias in order to build up our mother stock of tubers and to improve the process for our customers and our farm crew. Learn more about our decision.

In the meantime, we compiled a list of our favorite suppliers so that our customers can get their dahlia fix from alternate sources. View list of dahlia suppliers.

Where can I find the dahlias you previously offered?

Our list of favorite dahlia suppliers is now available. View the top dahlia sources for 2019.

Where can I buy your flowers? Do you ship cut flowers?

Thank you for your interest in our flowers. At this time we aren’t offering cut flowers for sale, as we’re moving the farm to seed production and trial research. We highly recommend you search our Farmer Florist Collective to find someone in your area that can supply you with seasonal blooms.

Do you have a printed catalog?

Sorry, but we do not have a printed catalog.  All of our seeds and supplies are featured and available exclusively online.

Who did the botanical drawings for your seed packets?

The stunning illustrations that grace the Floret seed packets were lovingly created by farmer and artist Nina Sajeske. Nina is a gem of a human being and we can’t recommend working with her highly enough!

Are your seeds organic?

While we do not offer any treated or GMO varieties, our seeds are NOT certified organic. Both Uprising Organic Seeds and Johnny’s Selected Seeds carry a wide range of certified organic seeds.

Will you donate seeds to our public garden/upcoming event/charity?

Floret is proud to support community gardens, nonprofit organizations and educational initiatives related to gardening, pollinator habitat restoration and sustainable farming through donations of seeds.

To qualify for consideration for a product donation, the soliciting organization or program must be related to education, sustainable farming or gardening. To submit a request for support, please complete this form.

Please allow 3 weeks for your request to be processed. We receive a large number of requests and do our best to accommodate as many worthwhile projects as possible, however, due to the fact that our inventory is often limited, we cannot approve every donation request we receive. Please direct any follow-up questions to your request to: [email protected]

Floret supports projects that align with our mission to plant more flowers in our world, so our team prioritizes seed requests over submissions seeking book donations, door prizes or silent auction items for fundraisers. These and any other product requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Farm & Growing Related Questions

How do you grow your {ranunculus, anemones, dahlias, sweet peas, etc.}?

We love helping gardeners and flower farmers grow great cut flowers and have dedicated a large section of the blog and website to sharing tips and techniques for growing various varieties. Check out the RESOURCES section of the website and be sure to use the search box on the blog to see if your question has been covered in a past post. We’ve also created detailed how-to’s with photos for the following varieties:

While we appreciate the very kind notes and excellent questions from fellow flower farmers, our team is small and we receive hundreds of emails each week, so while we would love to be able to respond personally to each one, it’s just not possible at this time. Thank you for understanding.

How do you recommend I plant my Floret Seeds?

Please see the following resources we’ve developed to help you have success sowing your seeds:

Blog posts:

Seed Starting Basics

It’s Seed Starting Time!

In the Floret Resources section, is a Starting Seeds 101 tutorial and photo essay (be sure to click the arrows to advance the images) with some of the basics.

In the Floret Shop, you can also find sowing and growing instructions for specific flowers.

How do I determine my growing zone?

To find your hardiness zone please see the USDA hardiness zone map.  If you live outside of the U.S., please consult plantmaps.com

How did you get your start flower farming?

It all started with two rows of sweet peas… get the whole story here: How I Became a Flower Farmer.

Do you offer any internships or have any positions available?

With an established staff, we do not offer internships or work trades, but our friends at Triple Wren Farms in Ferndale offer internship opportunities each season. Scroll to the bottom of their homepage for details. Other internship opportunities are available through the ATTRA Sustainable Farming Internship website or Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms.

How big is your farm?

For the first 10+ years, we grew our flowers on 2 tiny acres acres. By maximizing every square inch, we were able to grow an incredible amount of flowers on this small plot. In October 2017, we we had the incredible opportunity to purchase the farm adjacent to ours. Read more here.

Floret Workshop Questions

I am enrolled in the Floret Online Workshop. Where can I find the login page?

Current and past students of the Floret Online Workshop can access the learning modules via the workshop login page: https://workshop.floretflowers.com/login

 

Will you be hosting any on-farm workshops?

With two new books in the works and a new farm to tend, we do not plan to host any on-farm workshops in 2019 or 2020. All of our teaching efforts will be focused on the Floret Online Workshop. You can learn more about the Future of Floret Workshops here.

How do I view past Cut Flower Garden Mini Course videos?

Our special Cut Flower Garden Mini Course videos are viewable for a limited time only. Please sign up for our newsletter to be notified about future online learning opportunities.

Where can I find the Floret Online Workshop FAQ page?

If you are registered for our online workshop, you can find answers to all of the most frequently asked questions about the Floret Online Workshop here.

Photography & Website Content Questions

What kind of camera do you use?

We currently use Canon 6D and 5D Mark IV cameras and our favorite lenses are 50mm 1.2, 35mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.4

Can I come take photos at your farm?

The farm is not open to the public, as it is also the Benzakein family home. Thank you in advance for understanding.

If you are a media outlet interested in a photo shoot for a potential article or feature story, please contact: [email protected]

Can I use your photos?

Floret LLC retains the legal copyright and ownership of these images. It is illegal to crop, modify, scan, and reproduce artwork in any manner without our written permission. The federal copyright law protects copyright of these images. When using images on the internet or any social media sites, proper credits with link backs must be included on every image.

Please do not take any images from our blog, website or social media channels without permission. Thank you!

Do you ever feature products, write reviews or accept guest blog posts?

All of our content, posts, and product reviews currently are created by Erin & the Floret Team. We do not offer promoted posts or ads; any products featured on our site or social media channels are brands we use, love and recommend. We do not market products for affiliates and do not have any plans to change that in the future.

How do I update my Farmer-Florist Collective directory listing?

To edit your Farmer-Florist Collective listing, go to the Collective Login page and then revise your information in the Account Details area. If you need additional assistance, please contact [email protected]

How do I sign up for your newsletter?

Sign up for our newsletter here.

Floret Book Questions

Are you available for speaking engagements at garden clubs or other events?

With two new books in the works and a new farm property to tend, Erin’s public speaking availability is extremely limited and she is not booking any new events in 2019 or 2020.

When will Floret's next book be available?

Floret’s new book, A Year in Flowers, will be published by Chronicle Books and available from booksellers everywhere in early February, 2020. A book on dahlias will be released in 2021.

What other books or resources do you recommend for people just starting out?

Here’s our list of best books for beginning or aspiring farmer-florists. You can also review a roundup of recent releases here and here.  To read more than 30 articles that Erin authored on flower farming, visit Growing for Market. Finally, the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG) is an organization that hosts regional events focused on flower farming. Tell them Floret sent you!

 

Wedding & Event Flower Questions

Do you offer wedding flowers?

We are not taking on any weddings at this time, but highly recommend Sarah at Triple Wren Farms in Ferndale who offers both full service and a la carte wedding flowers. We also recommend Kelly Sullivan at Botanique, in Seattle. Kelly offers locally-sourced wedding flowers, often featuring blooms from her urban cutting garden.

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