Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring is Here!

IMG_6216When I think of Spring flowers, I think of ranunculus and anemones and poppies and eventually peonies. There are so many showy favorites that bloom in the Spring that it’s easy to over look on the poster child of spring…the daffodil.

These double daffodils from John at Locust Point are so perfect for the start of Spring.  They are big, bright, ruffely and they make people so happy! .Happy Spring everyone! If you want to celebrate with locally grown flowers email us today!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Get a Head Start on Spring! March Open Studio Session at Local Color Flowers

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Learning a new skill can be intimidating, time-consuming, and expensive – all things we don’t want floral design to be! We love local flowers (all the flowers at Local Color Flowers are sourced within 100 miles of Baltimore), and want everyone to have access to them! A few months ago, as our team at LoCoFlo was brainstorming about new ways to give more people more access to local flowers, and we came up with the idea of Open Studio.

The concept/dream/ end goal of Open Studio is to facilitate a space where people can come together and experiment with floral design at their own pace. As a supplement to our formal design classes, which are perfect for the beginner student , Open Studio is aimed at the intermediate floral designer who wants to hone their skills and practice ‘til they make perfect.

We will instruct you individually as needed. It’s kind of like a yoga class where you can either ask the teacher to adjust your poses, or tell them to keep their hands off! Chose out your favorite flowers from our selection of locally grown flowers and your favorite vase from our collection. Make a floral design you actually like (instead of buying a premade one from the grocery store) and take it home or give as a gift!

We know you like to kick back at the end of a long day. We do too! However, we can only go to the bar so many nights a week… That’s why it’s great to try an activity like Open Studio! It’s laidback, educational and FUN! Bring a friend, bring vino, bring snacks – we’ll pump up the jams and maybe even show you a few dance moves. Since there’s no formal instruction at Open Studio, it’s the perfect place to chat, chill, or just zone out while designing. It’s a happy place. You make it what you want.

Join us for our next Open Studio: Get a Head Start on Spring! Wednesday, March 11th 2015 from 6:30PM – 8:30PM Can’t wait to see you there!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Fun With Local Color Flowers at Butterbee Farm this Season

We’re so excited to be partnering with our friends at Butterbee Farm again this season to offer some really cool, unique classes for families, farmers and designers alike.

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Our first class at the farm will be a Family Floral Crown Class on Monday, June 29th from 11-12:30. This class is perfect for teams of one adult and one child working together.  Adults and kids will have an opportunity to tour the farm, cut their own flowers, make beautiful floral crowns with their cuttings and have their photos taken in their creations.  How fun to spend the morning with your favorite young person at a beautiful flower farm just minutes from the city.

Our next class is going to be a highlight of our summer for sure! Butterbee Farm and Local Color Flowers are teaming up to offer Blooms and Bouquets on Monday, July 13th.  This is a perfect, one-day class for farmer florists and folks that are interested learning more about flower farming and design. Students will start the day at Butterbee Farm learning all about cultivation, favorite varieties and harvesting. The amazing Dave Dowling will be on hand for a Q and A about all things flowers! After lunch, students will travel to Local Color Flowers studio to learn to make a hand tied bridal bouquet as well as see demonstrations by Team LoCoFlo making boutonnieres, corsages, head crowns and more. The day will end with a discussion of marketing and sales of locally grown flowers.

butterbee-butterbee-0133On Saturday, July 25th we’ll be offering an Adult version of our floral head crown class at the farm. Last year’s class was so much fun we can’t wait to do it again!

Our final class of the season at the farm will be our hugely popular Pressed Flower class on Saturday, September 19th. Students will tour the farm, pick flowers for pressing, make their own flower press and learn how to use their pressed flowers for arts and crafts projects.

Space in all of these classes are limited, so if you’re interested in joining, please sign up soon. We can’t wait to see you!

For questions about any of our classes, please email Ellen at ellen@locoflo.com

Monday, February 16, 2015

When Winter Won’t Be Stopped

IMG_1021Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of winter days that our growers spend wrapped up in quilts in front of the fire (or space heater) pouring over seed catalogs and crop plans and farm video games. (sorry, I had to out you Butterbee Farm!).

But not this week. In order to have early Spring flowers, growers have been working around the clock in SUB ZERO temps to keep their tender plants warm. Ranunculus, stock, tulips, anemones and more are some of the many early Spring flowers we depend on for weddings and events now through peony season in mid-May.

Extreme wind and bitter cold temps are wreaking havoc on hoop houses and greenhouses across our region.

Here’s a look at one of the end walls of one of Wollam Gardens hoop houses yesterday.

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Here’s a shot of tiny ranunculus plants getting a little extra warmth from these twinkle lights at Greenstone Fields.

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Our growers have been hard at work to ensure all of our Spring clients have beautiful, locally sourced flowers. Keeping all the cracks filled is key! Our friend Barb Lamborne, Flower Farmer at Greenstone Fields, is seen below working in negative double digit wind chills trying to reinforce the hoop house.

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Using locally grown flowers is a super personal, extremely special way of doing business. Each flower is grown with so much love and care. There are no more dedicated folks than our flower farmers! THANK YOU to all of the hard working farmers in our region. We’re so grateful for you!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Buy Local for Valentine’s Day Bmore!

We’re so excited for Valentine’s Day this year! After last year’s V-Day blizzard, we are looking forward to sunny skies this year! (here’s hoping anyway!)

This year we are excited to be offering wrapped bouquets, small, medium and large arrangements, local gift baskets, gift certificates and CSA subscriptions. Whew! so many great options!

Local_Color_flowers_valentines_day_photo-11I know a lot people are curious about what kind of local flowers could possibly be available in February. There are SO many beautiful flowers and branches available! We’ll be using willows, flowering branches, evergreens,  tulips, snapdragons, paper whites, calla lilies, anemones, sweet william, lilies, carnations and more! We’ll be sourcing flowers for Valentine’s Day from plantmasters in Montgomery County, Wollam Gardens in Virginia, Seaberry Farm on the Eastern Shore, Hendricks Flowers in Lititz PA Locust Point Flowers in Elkton and Flowers by Bauers in Baltimore County.

We will be offering delivery on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you’d prefer to come pick your flowers up, we’ll be offering pick ups on Friday between 10-6 and Saturday between 9-4pm. PLEASE order ahead and schedule a time for pick up. We cannot guarantee we’ll have extra flowers for walk-ins without pre-orders.

Local_Color_flowers_valentines_day_photo-1We’re super excited to tell you about our V-Day partnerships this year! On Valentine’s Day, from 9-1pm (or until we sell out), Irene will be over at Dooby’s in Mt Vernon selling wrapped bouquets.  Be sure to get there early for Dooby’s delish breakfast and some beautiful local blooms!

Over at the LoCoFlo studio we’ll be having a One Stop V-Day Pop-Up Shop with our friends from Pure Chocolate by Jinji. Pick up your (pre-ordered) locally grown flowers and organic chocolates all in one spot! We’ll be opening at 9am. Jinji will be at the studio until noon.

Buy Local this V-day Bmore! Looking forward to seeing you on the LOVEliest day of the year!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

You Deserve a Bouquet Today: Charlotte Keniston and Pigtown Food for Thought

IMG_5251Baltimore’s Open Society Institute (OSI) fellows are always inspiring. Charlotte Keniston is one of the 2014  fellows.  Her story caught our eye because of the amazing work she’s doing in the Pigtown neighborhood in Baltimore. A past Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala, Charlotte wanted to bring fresh, healthy food to her community in Pigtown.  Pigtown had long been a food dessert, devoid of opportunities to buy healthy food.

She helped start Pigtown Food for Thought in 2012 to bring food farming to her urban neighborhood. But Charlotte wasn’t just focused on food and farming. She and the folks at Pigtown Food For Thought also introduced eating and cooking together programs to bring their neighbors together around healthy food.

Food justice work in Baltimore with a concentration on community building is exciting and innovative and we wanted to say THANK YOU! Great work Charlotte! You Deserve a Bouquet Today!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Watch Out Brooklyn! Taproot Flowers is HERE

taprootWe are so excited to help announce the official launch of Taproot Flowers in Brooklyn, New York! Our dear friend and florist, Rachel Gordon will be bringing 100% local blooms to the borough beginning today!

Inspired by a love of nature, a love of community and a love of social entrepreneurship, Taproot Flowers is committed to  sourcing all of their flowers from within 200 miles of their Crown Heights, Brooklyn workshop.

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You can order beautiful, single arrangements as well as work with Taproot for your special events or weddings. You can even take floral design classes at Taproot! How fun!

We are super proud of Rachel and her team for their commitment to local flowers. I first met Rachel at the Seasonal Bouquet Project in Philadelphia a couple of years ago. I was lucky enough to spend time with her again last year a the Business of Local Flowers class that I co-taught with my friend Jennie of Love’nFresh Flowers. While Rachel’s commitment was crystal clear, she was nervous, like many budding entrepreneurs are, to take the leap.

Well… here is is! Happy BIRTH-Day Taproot Flowers!

As they get started, I’m asking all of our readers and supporters to show some LOVE to Taproot Flowers today. It’ll just take a .minute, I promise! LIKE them on Facebook and Instagram. Share the good news about their launch on social media (and be sure to tag them). And last, but not least, if you have friends or family in Brooklyn, consider ordering them some flowers this week! It’s the perfect winter pick me up!

We are definitely changing an industry one day at at time! Thanks everyone for your support!