Picking zinnias and sunflowers from rows in the vegetable garden growing up was my first introduction to the world of flowers. The fact that my mom planted flowers alongside food helped shape my belief that flowers deserve to be part of our everyday lives. They nourish our soul and spirit.
My farming journey began on an inspiring biodynamic permaculture farm in Hawai'i and later led to both a small farm winery and an herbalist's homestead in upstate New York. At the farmer's market, I would stand mesmerized as the farmer-florists of my favorite local flower farm made bouquets. I bought buckets of flowers from that farm for my wedding, and I fell deep into the world of flowers after that.
I've been lucky to study with some of my flower heroes and industry leaders including Erin Benzakein of Floret, and Ariella Chezar. Continuing education and fresh inspiration is essential to both my growing and design practice.
I find great joy in growing the botanicals used in my design work. It offers a deep awareness that enhances the experience of making flowers for others. The best part about working with blooms grown just steps from my workshop means that I can, on a whim, incorporate ethereal elements that may not have been blooming yesterday. Each day, something fresh and glistening awaits.
Our Brookline, Vermont flower farm is set on 5 acres. I'm continually amazed at the abundance this plot produces. We grow many annuals, always on the lookout for what is unusual, fragrant, and antique. Perennial plantings like peonies, clematis, and unique foliages add structure and whimsy to our designs. A myriad of unique tulips, fragrant narcissus, and rose-like ranunculus make up our first spring harvests, while a beloved selection of tender dahlias - some as big as your head - finish our season in the fall.
Working with organically-grown, regionally sourced flowers is something we are committed to - even though it often costs more. Due to our short growing season, we source flowers from other areas to keep our floral studio operating when the field is not producing. Did you know that 80% of the flowers purchased in the United States are imported? We will always procure American-grown when possible as part of our commitment to change this bleak statistic.
We primarily design for Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York weddings and events. Tanglebloom’s flowers can be found at select retail locations in Brattleboro and southern Vermont, and at our farm stand opening in 2019.