April 2017

     Floral designers have taught me with great passion about creating “moments” with arrangements.  Flowers and lanterns and glass can hold us briefly in a divine synesthesia.  But moments, like flowers, can be fleeting: they must be caught and cultivated to give them the power to shape our lives. 

     I believe this is our moment.  As flower farmers and floral designers and consumers, we find ourselves with an opportunity to shape the culture of floral design around us, to rekindle both the human bonds and the aesthetic that drew us to this work in the first place.  The life-line that exists between the farmer and the floral designer has been cut by the well-intentioned middle-man, and we are eager to bring this vital connection back to life.  And it seems, at long last, like the time might be right.  If you have five minutes, please read the article link below, for it puts eloquence to all I have been feeling this winter, as we have developed our crop plan and floral offerings here at The Hickories.

"What Happened to Traditional Floral Bouquets?"

The very first anemone bud is wagging it’s little finger – admonishing me to slough off the winter slow-pokey-ness and hop to it. The farmers at the Hickories are nearly doubling production this season, with over 80 varieties of annuals, over 1000 dahlia tubers, now all certified organic with USDA, and we are closing in on 80 varieties of perennials, also certified organic as of this season.  

This is our moment: it is an exciting time to be a flower farmer, not just for the joys of the field, but also for the human landscape of designers and gardeners around us who coming to realize just how much agency we all have as a community in shaping the healthy ecosystems and nature-based aesthetic around us. 

Here is how to get involved with organic flower farming at The Hickories:

  • Send us an email and let us know if you want to be a wholesale buyer this season.  We will add you to our buyer's list if you are not on it already.  Tell us a little bit about what you are looking to buy for your events and how we can best work with you.
  • Bee Kind gifts– pre-paid arrangements for farm pick-up are still available on our website.  Whether you are designer or consumer or farmer, it is a great way to share our work with others.  Bee Kind bouquets give the gift of organic arrangements during the New England floral growing season - read more on the website.
  •  Hickories Floral Workshops are available throughout the season and come with an insider's tour of our flower fields.  Sign up for a workshop and meet other like-minded moment-seekers and take home some fresh blooms straight from field to vase.
  • Flower CSA shares are sold out for the 2017 season, but we wanted to thank all who jumped on board with us for this exciting venture.

All the best,

Dina Brewster

The Hickories 136 Lounsbury Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877 (203)-894-1851