Local Grower Spotlight: Bare Mountain Farms

Nothing makes a florist happier than having amazing floral products delivered fresh from a local farm. Each week we wait to see what Tony from Bare Mountain Farms brings us and are never disappointed in the varieties, quality and color of his flowers.

Bare Mountain is located in Shedd, Oregon and uses organic and sustainable practices to produce high quality flowers.  They are strictly no-till meaning they don’t till their soil and thus help the soil retain its organic matter. Tony is so knowledgeable about his product and clearly finds joy in sharing his knowledge with those who have a desire to learn. It’s amazing how dedicated these farmers are to growing- especially being organic. It takes a TON of work. We get the most awesome job of crafting designs with the final product of their labor.

Designing with some of Bare Mountain flowers

Beds of sweet peas in the hoop houses

This must smell AMAZING!

Tulips beds beginning to sprout

Tony takes his dedication to a whole new level using a scythe to cut grass

Ready for planting!

They make their own compost tea for fertilizer

Anemones…a bridal favorite

Like I said, we are like children at Christmas when Tony arrives with his weekly choices and all oooh and aaah over them. They grow quite an array of blooms including sweet peas, ranunculus, lilies, anemones, snapdragons, dianthus, zinnias, dahlias and more. I can’t wait to get up to the farm in person and see the process and plantings in person.

Images used by permission from Bare Mountain Farms.

Find local flowers at Dandelions: Green Gables Farm

Dandelions Flowers always strives to support local flower growers whenever possible. Oregon may not have the sunshine that California or South American can boast of but we can still produce an amazing variety of flowers and foliages.

One of our sources for flowers in Green Gables Farms in Philomath, Oregon. They grow a variety of bulb flowers including tulips, daffodils, irises, lilies and peonies.

The tulip fields at Green Gables Farm

Gorgeous spring peonies

Iris fields

 

The farm was originally started in Corvallis in 1988 but moved to Philomath in 2002. Their greenhouses produce over a million stems every year while the field crop is primarily tulips and daffodils and produces over 2 million stems annually.

Green Gables Gardens

Green Gables Farm Philomath, OR

Spring flower of the moment: Ranunculus

Ranunculus is finally in season and we are loving have fresh, local blossoms in-store to use in our arrangements and wedding bouquets. This petite bloom comes in almost every color and likens to a perfectly open sweetheart rose or peony. Tulips and daffodils are great spring blooms but ranunculus really embody an ethereal beauty.

 

Don’t these look just like peonies!!

 

Locally Grown Flowers

We are proud to carry throughout the year a large variety of locally grown flowers and foliages for our floral designs.  In the next few weeks we will introduce you to some of our growers so that you can learn more about the “behind the scenes” of these wonderful fresh local products.    Nancy was just here bringing us our fresh Oregon Dahlias this morning, and our shipment of Oregon lilies and greenery also just arrived to start our week.

Oregon has a great climate for growing and some of many seasonal flowers we carry that are locally and Oregon grown are: Dahlias, Tulips, Sunflowers Asiatic Lilies, Calla Lilies, Iris, Delphinium, glads, zinnias and yarrows, just to name a few.  We even grow on our own farm, some of the ribbon grasses, yarrow, liatris and zinnias during the summer season.

During this fall season we are carrying seasonal mini pumpkins from Springfield, and many of the native grasses and foliages such as Oregonia, Myrtle, Huckleberry, Nandina, Eucaplytus, Cattails and wheat. Charles and Bethany Little grow & supply us with many fabulous native and unique foliages, and Dancing Lizard farms in Junction City

provide a rich variety of unique Semperviums that we use in unique lasting floral bouquets.  Watch in the next few weeks for highlights about some of our local Oregon family growers that we buy from to make your fresh floral bouquets.