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 centerpiece 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.
All materials and supplies will be provided. Each attendee will be able to take home their own centerpiece and other treats!
For the first time ever, David and Anne would like to invite our attendees to stay after our "Perfect Peonies" class has finished for a relaxed family dinner amongst the peonies! Plan to stay with us for pizza and drinks to continue the conversations and ask more questions to your farmer and your florist. What could be better than pizza and peonies?!
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 bouquet and how to best bring all of the blooms and foliages together into a bouquet 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 bouquet 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 bouquet 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.
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 The Dahlia Shed, Amy Rodrigues. 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 the field, attendees will be able to ask any of their burning questions to help grow their own personal dahlia crop!
Following a field and farm tour, lead by Amy Rodrigues, attendees will gather in The Dahlia Shed'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 centerpiece using The Dahlia Shed dahlias and other seasonal flowers and foliages grown on Amy's farm, making this arrangement 100% locally grown. Come and push your creativity 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 all grown by The Dahlia Shed.
MEET THE FARMER.
Amy Rodrigues is owner/ farmer of the Dahlia Shed. The Dahlia Shed is a 1 acre, small cut flower farm located in Middletown, Rode Island. Amy primarily grows for wedding and event florists, local floral shops and for their retail self service stand. The Dahlia Shed is in its 11th season, producing over 50 different flower and foliage crops. Amy’s list includes woody perennials and summer annuals but most of her dedication is towards dahlias that are grown for cut flowers and tuber production.
Amy Rodrigues has a bachelor’s degree in Education and has always had a passion for flowers. Amy grew up on a small farm in Rhode Island and also worked for her Aunt’s greenhouse farm which was located down the road. Through college, Amy worked for her Aunt’s florist/ garden center and learned many valuable design aspects of this industry. These experiences have given her the foundation to grow a successful floral business.
Most summer days you can find Amy working amongst her dahlias surrounded by her three beautiful children (who are some of the hardest working kiddos around)!