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 varieties of flowers. The selection changes each year, but sweet peas and dahlias are always grown in abundance and, like all farming or gardening operations, mother nature has the final say in what we are able to bring to market. I document what is blooming each week on the Meadow & Thicket Instagram account. 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.
Sadly, due to COVID we will not be selling bouquets at our beloved Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Market this summer (2020). You can get your weekly dose of beauty through on-line ordering, however. These will be delivered to the city of Edmonton once per week, on Saturday mornings. 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). You can order a single bouquet, or for those looking for a guaranteed weekly dose of beauty (and a cost savings on purchasing individual bouquets) you can order one or more 4 week Bouquet Subscriptions. 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. Thank you in advance 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!
Sadly due to COVID we will not be selling bouquets at our beloved Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market in 2020. You can order a bouquet or a bouquet subscription by clicking the “Order Bouquets” button which will take you to our on-line store. Deliveries will be made once weekly to YEG on Saturdays.
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.