FLOWER FARMING 101: From the Ground Up
Date: Saturday, APRIL 14, 2018
Location: Love 'n Fresh Flowers | Philadelphia PA
Are you an innovative floral designer ready to elevate your work with exceptional and unusual botanical elements grown in your own garden? Tired of hoping your wholesaler will have that "special touch", just to be disappointed? Or perhaps you're just beginning to dream about being a flower farmer? Or maybe you've got a season under your belt but you realize how valuable it would be to skip all the “trial and error” and learn proven processes for managing a small intensive farm right from the start?
This beginners' boot camp is the perfect way to hit the ground running and build a successful flower growing operation, no matter what the scale!
Guided by Jennie, we’ll hunker down for a very full day of learning in the living classroom that is the Love ‘n Fresh Flowers’ urban 2 acre farm. We’ll tackle a number of important “beginner” growing topics in-depth, including:
- developing your detailed planting plan
- staying organized for greater efficiency
- properly sowing seeds and handling seedlings at planting time
- finding the right suppliers for all your growing needs
- selecting the best crops for small spaces
- determining the best scale for your operation, now and in the future
- discovering outstanding foliages and vines to grow for designers
- harvesting quickly and properly for greater productivity
- controlling weeds
- watering with irrigation
- fertilizing with organic methods
There will be several hands-on demos to help students learn more effectively. A detailed class workbook, including Jennie’s own seeding schedule used at Love ‘n Fresh Flowers and her top 10 crops to grow to make your enterprise profitable from the start, is provided to each student with plenty of space to take notes throughout the day. The class is very intimate. Jennie will lead the entire class with the help of just one assistant so you'll have lots of individual time with her to ask all your important questions.
Students will go home with a goodie bag of some of Jennie’s favorite, easy-to-grow seeds and vendor coupons. Students also take with them a tray of 30 beautiful, organically-grown transplants to immediately dive into planting their own cutting garden for the 2018 season!!
*This class is a one day intensive starting at 8 AM and running through the day until we answer everyone’s questions so plan to arrive in Philadelphia the night before and stay late on the 14th!
To read about and see pictures of past workshop experiences at Love 'n Fresh Flowers, please visit our Business in Bloom blog series.
The Fine Print
The above details are subject to change a bit, depending on weather and timing.
This class is held at the Love ‘n Fresh Flowers farm in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia (PHL) airport is just 30 minutes away and easily accessible by public transit.
Class size is limited to 12; five students must be signed up for the class to run.
This class involves at least 8 hours of instruction/activity. Class starts at 8 AM.
A gourmet seasonal lunch and snacks are provided throughout day. Dinner is not included.
All necessary tools, containers, flowers, etc needed for participating in the class are included in the registration fee.
Accommodations are not included in the registration fee. Shuttle service will be provided from the nearby Hampton Inn to the farm each day. Students are welcome to stay anywhere though. A list of recommended hotels and B&Bs is available upon request.
Attend 2 or more From Seed to Centerpiece master classes and receive at 10% discount.
To take advantage of this discount, you must put two or more classes in your shopping cart before checking out. Then use the discount code RANUNCULUS to receive the 10% off. If you have trouble, please email email@example.com.
No refunds or substitutions are available for cancellations by students.
FROM SEED TO CENTERPIECE:
A Master Class Series
A tailored curriculum for floral designers and farmer florists. Equal parts horticulture intensive, business review, and artistic inspiration, these intimate and highly-concentrated courses enable students to connect more deeply with nature and tap into their customers' desires to support a unique and authentic creative business.