This Earth Day I attended an event at Morning Sun Flower Farm called Farm to Vase. I invited my mom as an early Mother’s Day gift, since she also loves cut flowers!
Arriving at the farm, we were welcomed by some amusing and friendly animals. Large, beautiful chestnut-colored horses grazed around the white fencing near the entrance. A particularly friendly one named Beloved walked over to see if we had treats. Our next greeter was a bulldog named Tank. He sat in a bright red utility vehicle watching everyone wander in. We later observed that the varying vehicles were the dogs preferred way of travel. We all had a great time watching them jump in and out, or chase one when they felt left behind!
After parking, we walked to the lower field towards the check-in table. We received a beautiful little apron bundle with clippers and a schedule for the evening. A buffet and long tables were set up under a giant white event tent. There was also a drink table, Porta Potty and soothing live music.
To our inner flower nerds’ delight, an entire table full of blooms shared the tent with us. After grabbing sweet teas (our drinks of choice, although there was a tempting whisky signature cocktail option), we went exploring. The farm included a high tunnel bursting with colorful ranunculus and anemones. When the event kicked off, we grabbed dinner and chatted with our table-mates. One of the women we talked to had worked with Two Little Buds for her wedding about 9 years before. She had wonderful things to say about working with them and the bouquets she received.
I couldn’t believe that they trained at the Floret Flower Farm workshop! I just finished the Floret book, so it was exciting to encounter a connection in Cincinnati!
After dinner and a quick arranging demonstration, they let us loose to raid the beds and high tunnel. We picked buckets of blooms and brought them back to the tables to create our masterpieces!
Before cutting flowers, the atmosphere had been quite relaxed. Now though, everyone stood focused at their workspace while we cut, stripped and bent flowers into vases. Slowly, the arrangements started taking shape and then – it was over! We could have stayed all night in that beautiful setting with the flowers and puppies. My mom and I both bought a shirt to remember the wonderful experience.
You can find Morning Sun Flower Farm / Two Little Buds at:
I was still so inspired the day after the event, I decided to do a photoshoot with my flowers and t-shirt! I may or may not have gone into a flower photography black hole for a while!