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April 30th 2018

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Local Flowers

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May is here, which means Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Here’s a little roundup of some fun flower-themed gift ideas for your mom, mother-in-law or other special ladies in your life: 

Flowers from your garden: Nothing tops a vase full of freshly picked blooms from your garden. Even though I’m surrounded by flowers all day, I still love it when my kids pick and arrange flowers just for me, especially on Mother’s Day. The wild, weedy bouquets they made when they were small have evolved as they’ve grown. Their creations now reflect their own unique personalities in so many subtle, wonderful ways. Thankfully my mom feels the same way. I try to bring her buckets of blooms every time we visit, but always create an extra special bouquet for her on Mother’s Day.Beautiful light purple tulips

A bouquet or flower subscription from local farms: If more than a few miles separate you from your mom, consider connecting with a local flower farm or floral designer in her region who specializes in seasonal flowers. Look for local flowers via Floret’s Farmer-Florist Collective our online directory that now includes more than 700 listings. Many flower farms offer a bouquet subscription program, which is a wonderful way to shower your mom with beauty not just on Mother’s Day, but all summer long. Similar to a CSA (community supported agriculture) program offered by vegetable farmers, bouquet share/flower CSA programs provide a weekly mixed bouquet or straight bunch of seasonal blooms. Subscription rates and dates vary by region, but most run June through September.

For example, Bochner Farms in central Iowa is offering special Mother’s Day pricing for their seasonal bouquet subscriptions. Plus each purchase supports their GivingColor initiative which provides meals to needy families through the organization Meals from the Heartland. In describing the philanthropic part of the business, farmer-florist Lori Bochner explained, “We believe flowers feed the soul, so why shouldn’t they feed the world, too?” I am so inspired by this and so many other flower farms that give back to their local community or include some sort of philanthropic angle to their business. This confirms once again that flower farmers are some of the kindest, most giving people around.

Deluxe Mother’s Day Gift Set: Now through May 8th, order a special limited edition Floret gift set which includes a signed copy of Cut Flower Garden, a 3-pack of our brand new, adorable notebooks plus 4 FREE packets of Floret seeds.

Cut Flower Garden Book from Floret Flower Farm

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Flower Events & Experiences: Look for local flower farms that may be offering special flower-themed events, workshops and unique on-farm experiences. For example, outside of Austin, Petals, Ink. is hosting a special Mother’s Day event on May 12th where moms and wee ones can have their portraits taken together by a professional photographer in the farm’s wildflower field. The experience also includes opportunities to create flower crafts together, visit with the farm’s adorable donkeys, plus take home a special bouquet. I totally would sign up if I lived closer.

Here’s another fun flower event: On Sunday, May 13th, Muddy Feet Flower Farm is pairing sweet petite bouquets with handmade “Mother Truffles” at a Bouquet Pop-up Shop at Ovenly in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  You can also snag a farm fresh bouquet at their pop-up shop at the South Windsor, CT Anthropologie on Saturday, May 12th.

Other places to look for farmers and designers offering flower-focused events and experiences include:  Slow Flowers or the ASCFG membership directory.

Any one of these great garden-themed gifts are sure to warm any flower-loving mother’s heart.

Floret Cut Flower Garden Notebook Trio

Wishing mamas everywhere a wonderful flower-filled Mother’s Day.


    • Lori Bochner on

      Thanks so much Kathy!! Appreciate the kind words from a fellow Iowan! :)

  1. Lori Bochner on

    Thank you so much for mentioning our farm on the blog – I am beyond thrilled and appreciative. As a Floret Workshop alumni, you have taught me so much and I can’t wait to see what this season holds for our little farm. Hope you and all the moms out there have a great Mother’s Day!

  2. Michelle howells on

    I bought your book. Love it . I live in Canada in Ontario I am zone 4b . I am going to try some of the annuals you suggest .


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