My name is Clara and I am the chief flower farmer and soil tender. My husband Don designs and builds all the infrastructure that make the flower production possible. I have a background in soil, agriculture and environmental science and love soils, everything that grows in them and the watersheds they are a part of. My previous vocations included more than a decade in reclamation research and a concurrent 10 years volunteering on two international development projects dear to my heart related to small scale agriculture in El Salvador. Nurturing the soil, loving this land, and growing flowers with gentle but focused attention to the processes that yield perfect blooms to delight your spirit is my joy.
Blossoms that nourish your yearning for natural beauty, a boost for your spirit and creativity, pure delight…those are the things what we hope to provide to you when you take home our flowers!
We grow many types and varieties of flowers, the selection changes each year, so you will never see the same bouquet twice! However, like all farming or gardening operations, mother nature has the final say in what we are able to bring to market. I try to document what is blooming each week on the Meadow & Thicket Instagram account and on our Meadow & Thicket Facebook Page . For those with allergies, we do offer flowers with no scent, and with all the glorious color of many of the scented species and varieties.
The 2021 season has started, with many seeds already sowed and many more in the que! Bouquet subscriptions for a weekly dose of beauty are available to order now, while single bouquets will be available to order starting June 1. Flowers will be delivered to the city of Edmonton once per week, on Saturday mornings, starting June 5th. Your bouquet can be delivered to your doorstep for a small fee or you can retrieve it at a pick up location (to be determined). Just click on the “Order Bouquets” button to be taken to our on-line store. For those outside the city, please contact Clara using the contact form.
If you wish to gift someone with a bouquet subscription or with a gift card for a single bouquet, please send me an email via the contact form and I will be sure to book it in and will send off the hand lettered gift card in the mail post haste.
Thank you for supporting local flowers!
As we all know, compost happens. I am hoping you will work with me to make it happen more often! We put a lot of care and organic nutrition into our soils to ensure our flowers are glowing with health, vibrant colour and fragrance, and will have a long life in your vase. All that care and feeding ends up in the stems and petals of the flowers you enjoy. You can help to build the soil here at the farm, now and for future generations, if you will bring your “past-their-prime” (okay, even completely dead!) flowers back to us so that we can include them in our compost process and close the soil fertility loop, putting them back into the soil that nourished them.
When your flowers are past their prime, just fold them up (or chop them if you have time) and stuff them into a bag. Bring the bag with you to the market and we will give you a 10% discount off your next purchase! If you note on the bag how many days your flowers gave you joy, we will take another 5% off! This information helps us become better growers and ensure our flowers are having the longest possible vase life and give you the most pleasure possible. And those old flowers will be returned to the soil in which they were grown to nourish the next harvest.
Do you have a yard with trees? Do you rake and bag them each fall? If you set aside your bagged leaves for us this fall, we promise to come and pick them up in a timely fashion and to use them in our composting processes and as a natural weed control mulch in our flower and shrub beds. For doing this we will give you a $20 gift certificate for you to use for flowers the upcoming year! Talk to Clara at the market or send me an email or text to coordinate logistics. Thank you so much for helping us nourish our soil and grow more “buckets full of beautiful” for you!
With the ongoing COVID restrictions it is unclear if we will be at our beloved downtown market this year. None the less, you can still get your weekly dose of fresh flowers by ordering on-line here! Just click on the “Order Bouquets” button which will take you to our on-line store. If you wish to gift someone with a bouquet subscription or a gift card for a single bouquet, please send me an email via the contact form and I will be sure to book it in and will mail out a hand lettered gift card to let your recipient know that they will soon receive lovely fresh local flowers! Like last year, deliveries or pick up will be in YEG on Saturdays through the 2021 growing season.
If you are interested in the nitty gritty of sustainable flower farming you may be interested in listening in to Clara chat with her flower farmer friend Heather about all the issues they face and think about around sustainable flower farming. Tune in on Apple podcasts or at sustainableflowerspodcast.libsyn.com.