A lucky break
In late June I received an email from our local flower farming friend, Niki saying that she couldn’t host the Ponderosa and Thyme Workshop that was scheduled on her farm, due to some unforeseen circumstances. I was honored she reached out to us, but my heart went out to her as I knew this must’ve been a hard e-mail to write. Mike and I had a very quick discussion and then emphatically said yes. A few e-mails back and forth with Katie and Sarah of Ponderosa and Thyme and the workshop was on the books!
I had been following Katie on Instagram for a few years, but was not prepared for the magic that was to come! The first day focused on bouquet making and the second was on centerpieces. What I was not prepared for was the heart opening and healing that came from being with Katie Davis and all the inspirational women.
We gathered our team together
Lily of Flowershop in Charleston, SC, Annie Louise Perkinson of Flying Cloud Farm in Fairview, NC and of course Niki of Flourish Flower Farm. We met early in the morning of July 8 and got to work. Katie’s team was so warm and welcoming. Katie, her amazing assistant Sarah and the globe trotting, infinitely creative photographer Kim Branagan guided us through the days tasks.
I was so grateful that the farm was in good shape and that our dahlias were just waking up for the season. But the real joy came with the connections that were forged over the weekend, the seemingly endless selection of local blooms and CA grown roses and the new knowledge and skills that Katie so beautifully shared.
Katie Davis of Ponderosa and Thyme introducing me & making me get up and talk about the farm!
Katie giving thanks to Niki for making it all happen. So grateful for the collaboration and community of our local flower farmers!
Off to the fields!
I loved seeing everyone in the fields. I loved noticing the different plants folks were attracted to.
New friend Sarah – a muralist and floral designer from Charleston
Love this magic
Another new Charleston friend Tony of Roadside Blooms harvesting Lavender
Lovely Adrienne of Sterling Stems! Yay!
Sweet Kate of Grey Tabby Gardens in Florida!
Kindred souls connecting in the fields!
Joslyn of Lavender Fox Florals. Love everything about this sweetie!
Sweet Kelly of Colorfields Farm in Durham
Back to the barn to play with all the freshly harvested flowers and get to know all the other local blooms!
FLOWER GROWERS | Flourish Flower Farm @flourishflowerfarm, Lady Luck Flower Farm @ladyluckflowerfarm, Blue Ridge Blooms @blueridgeblooms,
Fraylick Farm @flwrtherapy, Poppins Posies @poppinsposies, Full Sun Farm @fullsunfarm, Paint Fork Farm @paintforkfarm, More Tomorrow Farm @moretomorrowfarm, The Purple Iris @the_purpleiris, Sideways Farm @sidewaysfarmandbrewery, Grace Rose Farm (CA) @gracerosefarm
RIBBON | Silk & Willow @silkandwillow
We dove in!
You will have to see more for yourself! Katie is now offering so many more workshops in Portland, Oregon and worldwide! I can’t recommend her workshops enough. It was a deeply rewarding experience and we’re so grateful we got to host
I’ll leave you with some highlights from the weekend…
Copper and Garnet Amaranthus
Zinnia and budding cockscomb celosia
Bouquet Dill and Rudbeckia
Coral tails Amaranthus
And here’s my bouquet!
Flowers are magic. They bring people together. They open our hearts. They are healers, teachers, and friends.
Then it was time to break (gluten-free) bread together!
Each day ended with a divine meal in the fields, catered by now good friends Verbena Cakes and Catering – who then were married out on our farm a few months after being here for the workshop!
The next day we were at it again, this time working on centerpieces. Here is what I created, from a story I hold deep in my heart.
Thank you Ponderosa and Thyme, Kim Branagan, Verbena Cakes and Catering, Niki, Lily and Annie Louise!