Fresh From the Field Wedding Flowers – blog give away

Fresh From the Field Wedding Flowers – blog give away

So it’s no secret that I have been a long time fan of Erin Benzakein of Floret Flower Farm. Last summer I even had the chance to attend her first floral workshop co-hosted with Amy Merrick and see her farm first hand. That was an incredible experience in itself and you can read more about it here. So when the opportunity arose to do a give away of her new book “Fresh From the Field Wedding Flowers” I jumped on it! The book was co-authored with Lynn Byczynski a longtime flower farmer, and founding editor and publisher of Growing for Market. This book is jammed packed with great information. The benefits of using local flowers, floral design basics, growing and handling advice for more than 100 plants, and so much more!! Not only is there lots of eye candy in this 112 page book but it also comes with a disc with four video tutorials totaling more than 75 minutes. I totally recommend this book to any flower lover. Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a hand tied bridal bouquet or boutonnieres? Or are you just curious about the local flower movement and learning to grow? Well now is the chance to have your questions answered. All you have to do to WIN your FREE copy of “Fresh From the Field Wedding Flowers” is share something with me in the comments below.  I would love to know why you would like this book (eg. you want to grow your own wedding flowers, or learn some basic floral design) OR  if you grow some flowers already please...
Amy Merrick and Floret Farm Workshop 2013

Amy Merrick and Floret Farm Workshop 2013

A short while ago I went on a small adventure down to Washington to spend the weekend with a bunch of flower loving women! Two of my favorite bloggers Amy Merrick and Erin Benzakein were co-hosting a weekend floral workshop and it turns out I was just one beautiful ferry ride away. Seeing Erin’s farm in real life was really cool! I have been drooling over all her flower farming photos for years and just to actually see the whole operation and how it runs was fantastic. She is amazing with what she pumps out on 2 acres! The coveted Cafe au Lait dahlia…. We spent the first morning cutting buckets and buckets of flowers which we then later turned into beautiful hand tied bouquets. A friend of Erin’s was generous enough to let us use her beautiful 1906 barn for the workshop. The setting was idyllic.  (Tara McHugh Flora) (Amy Merrick) (Student work) I absolutely love Amy’s loose style of flower arranging. It is much harder than it looks and it was a real treat to be able to just watch her in action! She really wanted us to be thoughtful with flower placement and to give each flower enough space.   (Tara McHugh Flora) (Tara McHugh Flora) (Tara McHugh Flora) (Student work) (Student work) It was truly a memorable weekend. The food, wine, location, company were perfect. For our final night we spent the afternoon dressing the barn for the most magnificent salmon dinner. Linen runners, tree branches, hop vines, the table flooded in candle light and fruit. And of course lets not forget all the beautiful guests adorned in...