Do you love peonies? Do you grow some varieties but would like to add to your collection? Would you like to learn organic practices to maintain your gardens? Then "Perfect Peonies" workshop is for you! Designed for all levels of green thumb, peony-enthusiasts this workshop will fill you with the knowledge and inspiration to expand your peony beds!
This 2.5 hour intensive will be co-taught by flower farmers and owners of Electric Moon Peony Farm, David Rockermann & Anne Kubik and floral designer and owner of The Local Bouquet, Mary Kate Kinnane. Attendees will learn how to plant and maintain late spring’s most coveted and romantic bloom, the peony. This workshop also includes hands on design time, lead by Mary Kate. Each attendee will learn how to design a handheld bouquet, filled with Electric Moon's peonies and other seasonal blooms and foliages, all sourced from local farms.
This class will be hosted by David and Anne on their 3.6 acre peony farm in Adamsville, Rhode Island. Participants will have the opportunity to learn first hand about a variety of topics while surrounded by breathtaking views of their farm, which includes 50 different peony varieties.
Light refreshments will be served throughout the workshop and all materials and supplies will be provided. Each attendee will be able to take home their own bouquet and other treats!
MEET THE FARMERS.
Anne Kubik & David Rockermann dug their first beds for Electric Moon Peony Farm in September of 2012. Anne’s 20+ years of professional horticultural experience combined with David’s teaching skills from his 12 years of work as an educator helped to create a small-scale growing operation where individuals come to enjoy, work and learn within the beauty of the natural world. They have been cultivating peonies and designing and maintaining landscape gardens full-time in Little Compton, RI since the fall of 2013.
SEED TO VASE.
Learn how to grow all the components of an incredible summer centerpiece and how to best bring all of the blooms and foliages together into a centerpiece design. Tour the flower field and greenhouses and gather the basics of growing beautiful cut flowers and foliages, including: garden design, crop planning, direct seeding techniques, seed-starting basics and much more. Phoebe will demo several flower farming techniques that yield plentiful flowers all season long. Plus, take home packets of seeds and farm-grown seedlings to get your summer cut flower garden going.
Following a field and farm tour, lead by Phoebe, attendees will gather in Weatherlow Farm’s beautiful post and beam barn to enjoy a design tutorial. Lead by Mary Kate, owner of The Local Bouquet, each attendee will learn how to arrange their own summer centerpiece using blooms and foliages grown and gathered by Weatherlow Florals. Come and push your creativity and knowledge while learning about Mary Kate’s mission to source locally for all of her design projects!
Light refreshments will be served throughout the workshop and all materials and supplies will be provided. Each attendee will be able to take home their own centerpiece and other treats!
MEET THE FARMER.
After working for eight years on a variety of farms across the country, Phoebe started laying the groundwork for Weatherlow Florals in the fall of 2015. The initial 2016 season was an exciting trial year, both for learning to run a new business and for focusing just on flowers. Her past farm experience has included vegetable and livestock farming, as well as edible and cut flower production. Of all that farming has to offer, Phoebe most enjoys the tangible outcome after a day of hard work – neatly weeded rows of seedlings and buckets of lovely blooms! During the off-season, she can be found traveling, visiting other farms for inspiration, and pouring over seed catalogs. Phoebe lives in Dartmouth MA with her farm dog, Daisy.
This year we are so excited to be adding a new farm/farmer to our Farmer Florist Series: Anna Jane from Little State Flower Co! If you don't know Anna Jane and her love for dahlias, this class is sure to give you all of the inspiration and information you will need to become an even better Dahlia grower!
There are so many beautiful varieties that beg to be planted in our flower beds and cherished for years to come! Wouldn't you love to learn how to grow and maintain this beautiful flower while learning which varieties are worth the work?! This 2.5 hour intensive will be co-taught by flower farmer and owner of Little State Flower Co., Anna Jane Kocon. Participants will learn how to plant and maintain late summer and autumn’s favorite bloom, the dahlia.
Attendees will learn first hand what it takes to not only cultivate a successful crop of dahlias, but how to handle fresh cuts in general. While gaining hands on experience in both the field and high tunnels, attendees will be able to ask any of their burning questions to help grow their own dahlia crop!
Following a field and farm tour, lead by Anna Jane, attendees will gather in the The Farmer's Daughter's beautiful barn to enjoy a design tutorial. Lead by Mary Kate, owner of The Local Bouquet, each attendee will learn how to arrange their own whimsical, summer bouquet using Little State Flower Co’s dahlias and other seasonal flowers and foliages. Come and push your creativity while learning about her mission to source locally for all of her design projects!
FARM CHANGE: Due to popular demand, we have decided to move this entire class to a bigger farm that can accommodate all of us. We will be learning and designing at The Farmer's Daughter in South Kingston, RI. Come and learn from Anna Jane and Mary Kate at this beautiful working farm and garden center, which is home to a beautiful classroom perfect for us all to learn and be inspired in.
Light refreshments will be served throughout the workshop and all materials and supplies will be provided. Each attendee will be able to take home their own centerpiece all grown by Little State Flower Co.!
MEET THE FARMER.
Flower farmer and the owner of Little State Flower Company, Anna Jane Kocon started her business in 2015 which is based in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. For 8 years prior to starting her company she has been growing edible and specialty cut flowers for Eva’s Organic Garden in South Dartmouth, MA for 5 years and Robin Hollow Farm in Saunderstown, RI for 2 1/2 years. Also during this time, she was an adjunct professor at the Community College of Rhode Island where she taught foundations drawing, figure drawing, and art history. Anna Jane started farming as a supplemental job between teaching and creating art, and quickly realized she “spoke the language” and became completely obsessed with all things flowers and farming. Over time, flowers became the central focus of her professional intellect and this obsession and passion has led her to dedicate her life to flower farming and to start Little State Flower Company. She is now one of the biggest producers in dahlias in Rhode Island as well as cut flowers.