our flower farms & flower sources

Hi there! I'm Carmen, the owner of Blue Ivory & Co. This page is a personal project of mine and I am going to share one of my goals with you! Did you know that I attempt to source locally grown flowers as much as possible? It is my hope/goal that some day I will get 100% of my flowers from American grown flower farms (will someone in America please grow those beautiful antique carnations and Hanoi ranunculus? K, maybe I will). In the near future, I will be writing a little list of each farm that contributed flowers to my store bouquets on a chic tag. This way you know where your flowers came from and you can feel good about supporting your local farmers. This is important to me because one, I am super passionate about supporting small business owners (especially all the boss ladies out there). Two, your flowers are fresher and last longer than flowers that have been shipped in from overseas (even though I do love a beautiful Peony). Three, it's better for our environment. Four, it keeps agriculture alive as a vital source of our American economy. Five, by buying flowers from local farmers I am supporting their vision, dream, hard work, families and ultimately their business.

Most of the flowers I purchase for weddings come from the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market. The main source of their flowers are from flower farms here in the Pacific Northwest and the rest come from Alaska (mainly Peonies), Oregon and California. Many of the flower farms featured at the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market are certified Salmon Safe. I do occasionally source outside the USA for flowers (when I can't get them locally) and use Florabundance, Mayesh and Washington Floral Service (all of who often source from PNW and California). This year I have started to reach out to new flower farms (there are many here in Washington) to help support their growing efforts and source new specialty product for weddings design work. In an effort to help create awareness of our local flower farming community I will be blogging about local flower farms this year. These local flower farms may be large (over an acre), but most of them are under 1 acre or under a 1/2 acre and I can't wait to share their stories with you! You'll also get a behind the scenes look at my urban cutting garden!

The following is a growing list of where I source flowers for wedding design and personal deliveries. Included is a small but growing resource section for those of you who are interested in learning more about where your flowers come from and how to grow your own flowers. I have attempted to link their websites and you can access them by clicking on the links below. If you scroll down a bit more you'll also find a growing list of our favorite seasonal flowers.  Enjoy! ~ Carmen

 

Flower Farms

Alaska

Alaska Peony Cooperative

Washington

Seattle Wholesale Growers Market*

Jello Mold Farm*

All My Thyme*

Triple Wren Flowers

Everyday Flowers*

Ojeda Farms*

Orchidaceae*

Mossy Gate Flower Farm

Foothills Flowers Farm

CF Greens

 

Flower REsources

Slow Flowers

Salmon Safe

Floret Flower Farm

American Grown Flowers

The Gardener's Workshop

Our Favorite Flower Books

"Discovering the Meaning of Flowers"  | Shane Connolly

"Bringing Nature Home" | Ngoe Minh Ngo (arrangements by Nicolette Owen) 

more coming soon!

 

Flower Farms with an asterisk* sell their flowers at the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

 

seasonal flowers

a growing list of our favorite seasonal flowers, plants and foliage

Spring

Anemone

Daffodil

Foliage

Foxglove

Garden Roses

Geum

Helebore

Hydrangeas (late Spring)

Orchid

Peony (late April - June)

Phlox

Poppy

Protea

Ranunculus

Scabiosa

Snapdragon

Standard Rose

Succulents

Sweet Peas

Tropical Plants

Tulip

Wax Flower

Summer

Cosmos

Dahlia

Foliage

Foxglove

Garden Roses

Orchid

Peony (from Alaska July-August)

Poppy

Protea

Purple Coneflower

Ranunculus (usually white - CA)

Scabiosa

Snapdragon

Standard Rose

Succulents

Tropical Plants

Wax Flower

Zinnia

 

Fall

Cosmos

Dahlia

Foliage

Garden Roses

Hydrangeas (late Summer)

Lavender

Mums

Orchid

Protea

Rudbeckia

Scabiosa

Strawflower

Standard Rose

Succulents

Sunflowers (deep reds)

Tropical Plants

Wildflowers (detailed list coming soon)

Zinnia

Winter

Amarylis

Anemone (late Winter)

Foliage

Foxglove (late Winter)

Garden Roses

Helebore (late Winter)

Orchid

Poppy (late Winter)

Protea

Ranunculus

Standard Rose

Succulents

Tree Foliage

Tropical Plants

Tulip (CA)

Wax Flower