As I approached my 60th birthday, I never dreamed I would be expanding my love of gardening to start a boutique flower farm. For the last two decades, I have lived on a small North Carolina county lot of less than an acre, surrounded by 100 year old farms. Over that period I’ve planted trees, roses, peonies, herbs, lilacs and other perennials.
So in the winter of 2018 we converted existing beds, installed 32 raised beds, and planted over 1000 flowers! Many hours were spent mapping out the maximum amount of flowers we can grow. From nurturing seedlings to harvesting our first buckets of blooms, this has been a journey of learning and a lot of hard work.
By the end of our first season, we had installed 32 more raised beds and added 100 new perennials! The 2020 season goal is to offer our community even more fresh, locally grown flowers for CSA Boutique Subscriptions, DIY buckets, Flower Bar parties and events.
I truly could not be more excited, and invite you to join me on this journey to share My Garden Blooms!
Shellie Watkins Ritzman