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April 30th 2021

Find local flowers for Mother’s Day through Floret’s Farmer-Florist Collective

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past year, it’s that flowers are more important than ever. A year ago, the flower supply chain was completely upended, and since flowers weren’t considered “essential,” wholesalers had to halt their operations, leaving the farms that supplied them with nowhere to send their blooms. Some of the largest flower farms in the country were unable to weather the storm, and many were forced to close for good. And with the shuttering of the wedding and event industry, florists were left scrambling to find blooms to fill the few orders that they did have.

Bouquet in paperI watched small-scale local growers all over the world, who were at the opposite end of the spectrum, quickly shift and pivot their businesses to adjust to the rapidly changing landscape. Farmers set up online ordering systems and offered door-to-door delivery, and even started shipping their blooms directly from their farms. I also heard stories from florists who had always relied on wholesalers for their blooms but had begun seeking out growers in their area — and many even planted cutting gardens for the very first time.

RanunculusA big part of our mission here at Floret is to connect people who want flowers with the people growing them. The main way we do this is through the Farmer-Florist Collective, our online directory, which is free to use and join.

Last year, the Collective grew by 50 percent and now has more than 2,000 members, making it the largest flower directory in the world! We received so many messages of thanks from florists and flower lovers looking for blooms in their area, and from farmers who were so appreciative of all the new customers coming to them. Nothing makes me more happy than to play matchmaker in this way!

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I would love to encourage you to seek out local flowers to gift this spring. Through the Collective, you can find growers in your area, along with florists who use local, seasonal blooms in their arrangements.

Pink and red sweet peasHow it works

The flower farms, florists, and farmer-florists listed in the directory are all part of the global seasonal flower movement.

Every member of the Collective has pledged to use local, seasonal flowers and to use sustainable growing and business practices whenever possible.

Snapdragons in fieldTo find flowers

The Find Flowers tab on the Floret website will take you right to the Collective. You can search for flowers using your location — city, state, or ZIP code — and the interactive map will bring up members in your area.

Color-coded dots, or stars for Floret workshop alumni, designate members in the Flower Farm, Florist/Designer, Farmer-Florist, and Related Business categories. Click on a dot or star to bring up a member’s profile, which includes their website or other contact information.

Then reach out! These growers want to hear from you.

Whether you’re a farmer trying to get the word out, a florist in search of blooms, or someone who wants to give the gift of fresh flowers or who simply needs a dose of beauty in your life right now, the Collective is a great place to find what you need.

Bucket of pastel anemones in Floret Hoop HouseTo join the Collective

The Farmer-Florist Collective lists three categories: Flower Farm, Florist/Designer, and Farmer-Florist. If you’d like to set up a listing and join the Collective, head over to the page and create an account by following the simple steps outlined there. It only takes a few minutes. Choose a photo of yourself or someone from your company — with flowers — to include with your listing. If you’re a Floret Online Workshop alum, you’ll be designated with a star.

This a listing you can manage yourself, updating your information and photo anytime you need to after logging in.

Red poppiesI’d love to hear about the ways you’ve used the Farmer-Florist Collective directory to connect with others and to find local flowers.

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If you find this information is helpful, I would love it if you would share it with your friends.

9 Comments

  1. Jeanine Rado on

    Hi – do you have flower supplies etc in South African ?

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  2. Kristi Hein on

    Last year, two of my husband’s siblings died within six weeks of each other, both thousands of miles to the east, and with the pandemic we wouldn’t be traveling. I used the directory to find local flowers to be delivered — I even found a flower farm just up the road from our niece who had lost her mother and lives in a remote rural area. Wonderful resource!

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  3. Ginger Erickson on

    George Twigg is my nephew. I live in Florida do you have contacts here?

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  4. Lydia on

    This is SUCH a lovely idea. Sadly your map is completely inaccurate. When I looked near my mom in MA I found a ME florist, a Australian florist and a midwestern florist. All tagged within her town on the map.

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  5. Karen Jones on

    I am enjoying my peonies and yellow roses the most.

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  6. wendy whitfield on

    Floret Farm is such an inspiration to me! Your photos and books are beautiful. My goal is to have a flower farm, locally here in central Texas. I’ve been growing flowers for years, “my total happy place”, I use your website and books almost daily for information and inspiration. I can not wait to join The Collective when I get my flower farm up and running! Thank You!

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  7. Adriana Eggen on

    Thank you! I know it’s hard on all the people who had special days this year not to be able to celebrate traditionally and this is a great way to make something feel semi-normal!

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  8. Denise Oyelese on

    You having this wonderful connections of collectives makes my heart sing during these extraordinary times. Thank you for graciously sharing your platform. Your beautiful photos brighten my day. Hugs from afar!
    Denise
    Kelowna,BC
    Canada

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