WILLOW & MABEL GARDEN COMPANY IS LOCATED JUST OUTSIDE OF POULSBO, WASHINGTON ON THE BEAUTIFUL OLYMPIC PENINSULA. WE LIVE IN A 100 YEAR OLD FARMHOUSE ON 5 ACRES THAT WE HAVE ALMOST FINISHED RENOVATING which is A CONSTANT WORK IN PROGRESS. ALONG WITH TWO TEENAGE BOYS, TWO DOGS, A CAT, 20 CHICKENS AND HONEYBEES WE HAVE TWO PYGMY GOATS CALLED WILLOW & MABEL, THUS THE NAME OF MY FLOWER BUSINESS.

 

MY HUSBAND & I ARE ORIGINALLY FROM ENGLAND AND HAVE BOTH TRAVELLED AND LIVED ALL OVER THE WORLD BUT WE HAVE HAPPILY SETTLED IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. IN THE AUTUMN OF 2014 I HAD MY “AH HA” MOMENT, AS OPRAH WOULD SAY, AFTER READING A MAGAZINE ARTICLE ABOUT TWO LADIES IN ENGLAND THAT BECAME FARMER FLORISTS. I HAVE ALWAYS GROWN FLOWERS BUT I DECIDED THAT I WANTED TO TAKE IT ONE STEP FURTHER.

 

EACH YEAR HAS SEEN MY FLOWER FARM GROW LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY IN LEAPS AND BOUNDS. I AM VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT THE SLOW FLOWER MOVEMENT, WHICH MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE BECOMING AWARE OF. I ALWAYS ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO BE AWARE OF WHERE THEIR FLOWERS COME FROM. A LOT OF THE FLOWERS PURCHASED IN STORES HAVE TRAVELLED FROM A DIFFERENT CONTINENT, COVERED IN PESTICIDES AND CHEMICALS. THE FLOWERS THAT I GROW ON MY FARM ARE GROWN CHEMICAL FREE IN THE MOST SUSTAINABLE METHODS POSSIBLE. THIS MAY MEAN THAT YOU ONLY GET PEONIES & SWEET PEAS IN LATE SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER, SUNFLOWERS IN THE HEAT OF THE SUMMER AND THE BEAUTIFUL ARRAY OF COLORS OF THE DAHLIA IN THE FALL BUT YOU CAN FEEL SAFE KNOWING THAT NO CHEMICALS ARE USED AND THAT WHEN YOU NUZZLE YOUR NOSE INTO THE FLOWER YOU WILL ONLY HAVE THE SCENT OF THE FRESH FLOWER.

 

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