All About the Flowers (of Garden to Table Feast)

All About the Flowers (of Garden to Table Feast)

The flowers of Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.comI just wanted to take a moment and bask in the beautiful local flowers that we were so lucky to have for the Garden to Table Feast. So-prepare yourself- I’m gonna fill your feed with endless images (mostly captured by the lovely Amen Photography). I regret nothing!!! I had always planned to pull flowers and greens from my own garden for the event, but as it grew in size, I realized that I would need to source additional materials from elsewhere. And I wanted those ‘elsewhere’s to be as local as possible.

Slow Flowers at the Garden to Table Feast by Farmhouse38.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com
Garden roses, leucadendron, alstroemeria, draping amaranthus, and grapevine.

In the heart of Los Angeles, local flowers have been a really tall order for me in the past. Sure, it’s easy to find flowers; walk into any local supermarket, or even home improvement centers, and it is sometimes astounding what a selection they have. But are they local? Most likely not. And the very point of the Garden to Table Feast was to choose the slowest materials and ingredients possible–not what was commercially (and in most cases, the most easily) available. Fortunately for us, the amazing California Cut Flower Commission  stepped in and reached out to several local flower farms on our behalf. Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers, Mellano & Company, and The Sun Valley Floral Farms all generously provided us with a wealth of bafflingly beautiful flowers and greens. I was blown away, and completely humbled.

Slow Flowers at Garden to Table Feast by Farmhouse38.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com
Lovely yellow Alstroemeria from Mellano & Company, Craspedia (Billy Balls–love these!) and various mints from the Farmhouse38 garden.

Additionally, I decided to reach out to the one and only super-local grower I knew of: Silver Lake Farms. This is a remarkable little urban farm so snugged away inside Los Angeles that you would never know it was there (unless you knew it was there). I’d read about them so many times in the past (in the Urban Farm world, they’re kind of the stuff of legends), and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to see what they had up their sleeves. I wasn’t disappointed, in fact, I was beyond elated at the overflowing buckets I loaded into my car.

Slow Flowers at the Garden to Table Feast by Farmhouse38.com
My Silver Lake Farms haul: the best kind of cargo. Side note…my car needs to be washed. When you can see dog paw prints on the bumper…ya. Time for a wash.
Slow Flowers at the Garden to Table Feast by Farmhouse38.com
Silver Lake Farms is what my garden wants to be when it grows up.

Because I didn’t know what I was going to get from any of these places, my floral design strategy was pretty basic: mismatched, clear containers, and a riot of botanicals with no set color scheme. Perfect for a Garden to Table Feast, in my opinion.

Slow Flowers at the Garden to Table Feast by Farmhouse38.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com
A wide assortment of botanical materials and colors are unified by their intentional unintentionalness, and by the repetition of clear glass containers. Keeping the linens and place settings neutral also helps tie everything together.
Slow Flowers at the Garden to Table Feast by Farmhouse38.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com
Gorgeous colors, with no rhyme or reason. Seasonal perfection.
Slow Flowers at the Garden to Table Feast by Farmhouse38.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com
A whole batch of loveliness from Silver Lake Farms; Sweet Pea, Monarda, and a bunch of other pretties that are beyond my realm of identification!
Slow Flowers at the Garden to Table Feast by Farmhouse38.com
Lilies, Queen Anne’s Lace, and some sort of amazing green balls (perhaps a type of leucadendron?) from Resendiz Brothers Protea Farm that I have no idea the name of-but am completely enthralled with.

Slow Flowers at the Garden to Table Feast by Farmhouse38.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com

Slow Flowers at the Garden to Table Feast by Farmhouse38.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com
Lilies, Queen Anne’s Lace, Monarda, and broccoli.
Slow Flowers at the Garden to Table Feast by Farmhouse38.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com
Leucadendron, hydrangea, kale, and radishes.
Garden roses, snap dragons, a couple of pincushions, lavender, white thistle, and sweet peas. By Farmhouse38.com.
Garden roses, snap dragons, a couple of pincushions, lavender, white thistle, and sweet peas.

Slow Flowers at the Garden to Table Feast by Farmhouse38.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com

Slow Flowers at the Garden to Table Feast by Farmhouse38.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com

Flowers always kind of make the event, if you ask me (I’m probably a bit biased). But I have to say that having gorgeous flowers and knowing exactly where they came from takes it to a new level. I highly encourage you guys to go do some digging, find your local flower farms (they’re out there, I promise!), and buy from them. Check SlowFlowers.com and the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers for lists of farms and retailers. And when you do go to the local market, look for labeling like the CaGROWN sticker, or the new AmericanGrown labels, or simply ask your grocer where they get their flowers. If they don’t buy locally already, they’re never gonna start unless their customers speak up. Challenge accepted, am I right?!!

6 Comments

  1. Not only are these flowers simply stunning, but the entire event sounds like it was wonderful. Glad to hear you were able to have this amazing experience!

  2. Oh. I’m just drooling. The flowers are divine! Your arrangements are stunning! I love, love the mix of edibles with the blooms–just perfection. As always, I’m in awe. Love this so much!

  3. Beautiful!!

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