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! It is now the end of our second season and we were able to add 16 more raised beds bringing our total to 80! Looking ahead to the 2022 season, we plan to bring more collaborative events to the farm. It’s been one of my favorite ways to meet our customers! Guests have enjoyed pouring their own candles, partaking of delicious locally blended teas, yoga sessions, and of course making bouquets to take home! With the addition of the lot next door, we are expanding our perennial collection to include phlox, veronica and tons of my favorite foliage, mountain mint.
I truly could not be more excited for the future of this little flower farm, and we thank everyone who supported our locally grown flowers!
Shellie Watkins Ritzman