I did not grow up on a farm.
No one in at least three generations of my family has farmed. Where did I pick up the farming bug? Who knows really, but one things is for sure, it is not going away!
From a young age, I knew that I wanted to spend my life playing with plants. I wasn't sure what form this plant-centric life would take so along the way I tried on many hats; nursery production, landscaping, tropical plant conservation, Bureau of Land Management botanist, florist, academia, I was willing to try them all!
Then while in graduate school at Auburn, my now husband and I had a huge garden at our home. Some friends of ours were starting a farmers market and asked if we would be willing to sell produce to help fill out the spaces. And that was it folks, I was hooked. I loved the people, the plants, the everything really!!
Once I was out of school we moved ourselves up to the verdant land of Western North Carolina and again haven't looked back.
We chose to specialize in flowers for a number of reasons. First and foremost because I love them!! Flowers are a joy and the very embodiment of style meets substance. We also live in an area where there are already A LOT of small vegetable and fruit producers but not that many flower farmers. What a fun niche to find to fill.
Now nestled in the Green River valley, Meriwether Gardens provides quality cut flowers and floral design services to Hendersonville, Brevard, Asheville, and surrounding communities.
All flowers are grown using organic and sustainable methods! Want to check? Contact us and come out for a visit!!
We also offer edible landscaping consultations, a native plant nursery, and a variety of classes through out the year.
And remember, purchase of local flowers can have a significant impact on the economy and the environment.
In an average store bought bouquet, two out of three of the flowers present were imported. The vast majority of those flowers are imported from Colombia and Ecuador giving most bouquets an enourmous carbon footprint. Chemical usage guidelines are also different in these countries so you might want to think twice before smelling those grocery store roses.
When you purchase local flowers you do yourself and your community a favor!