Flourish Flower Farm: From Dreams to Reality | Living the Country Life

Flourish Flower Farm: From Dreams to Reality

Learn how one woman turned her floral dreams into a reality by starting her own flower farm in North Carolina.
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Taken by Sarah
Taken by Sarah

After years of dreaming, Niki Irving finally got her wish; her very own flower farm. In January 2016, Irving officially started her farm, Flourish Flower Farm, on two acres of leased land near Asheville, North Carolina. Flourish Flower Farm focuses on growing specialty and heirloom varieties. Bouquets and wedding floral arrangements are currently sold through the farm. And this year, An Evening on the Farm Design Workshops, have been offered in the spring and fall.

These workshops are designed to be a full experience by taking attendees from seed to centerpiece. Participants tour the farm and learn about the growing practices. Irving then demonstrates how to design a garden-style compote centerpiece. Afterward, attendees then create their own centerpieces in keepsake compote vessel. Well Bred Bakery, a local artisan bakery, caters dinner with beverages and desserts provided by Formations of Mental Objects. All place cards are designed by local calligrapher, Whimsi Design, and professional photos, provided by Taken By Sarah, document the evening.

“I sense a huge desire from people to push pause on their busy lives and to tap into their creativity or to just be around natural beauty,” comments Irving, “So far the workshops have been in high demand.”

The goal of these workshops is to provide attendees with a feeling of empowerment to buy a bundle of flowers from a local farm or grocery store and have the confidence to create something beautiful. One of Irving’s favorite things about her farm is the joy of watching someone’s face light up as the take a bouquet of her farm grown flowers. To her, it’s an honor to add beauty and joy to the world in a simple way.

“Flower farming is important to me because the beauty of flowers feeds another, deeper part of our lives,” says Irving, “Flowers articulate so many different emotions and I love being a part of brightening someone’s day.”

Irving has grown up around gardening, as her parents are avid gardeners and her father still operates a plant nursery. Before starting her farm, Irving served some time as an apprentice on an organic vegetable farm, which is what pushed her to create her farm. Ten years later, with lots of planning and support from her husband, she started her farm.

“I have created my dream job and the more hard work I put into the business, the more direct results I see,” notes Irving.

Research is a part of that hard work, which is also what she advises for those who want to start growing their own flowers. She suggests choosing 10 to 20 of your favorite varieties, learning what grows well in your climate and soil and planning your garden.

As for the future of Flourish Flower Farm, Irving plans to grow the wedding and event design part of the business.

“It’s an incredible privilege to play a role in someone’s landmark life event,” states Irving.

Until then, Irving will continue her hard work to grow her flourishing business. To learn more about Flourish Flower Farm or An Evening on the Farm Design Workshops, visit www.flourishflowerfarm.com

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