Wondering where Emily sources the flowers she uses in her beautiful arrangements and wedding florals? We are excited to share more about the local farms Emily visits that focus on sustainable practices, building community, and gorgeous blooms.
Scattered Seeds Flower Farm in Monroe, WA, is a beautiful 20-acre property with seasonal blooms and fresh foliage.
Gwen Sayers of Scattered Seeds has been a trailblazer in the floral industry for more than 20 years. She grows unique and unusual flowers and foliage, inspiring floral designers to step outside of the expected. Her signature style is whimsical and fun, which is shown in the selection of flowers, seeds, and foliage she grows on the farm. She cares deeply about educating others, and her passion for what she does is inspiring.
We asked Gwen a few questions to get to know her better, and we are so excited to share her story. Be sure to scroll to the end to see some of the arrangements Emily has made with gorgeous Scattered Seeds blooms!
How did you get started as a flower farmer?
I started flower farming 20 years ago when I finally was able stay home with my boys and work from home. I had always loved gardening and wanted to try floristry to help bring in some income to contribute. I learned the basics at a local flower shop, and started doing some weddings out of my home. My husband owned a landscape business and we grew some of the plants and perennials that he would use on jobs, as well as many things for our part time nursery based at our home. When shopping at the warehouse, I would see things for sale that I actually was growing at home, so that sparked my interest in growing what I used. I started seeing the beauty in many of the things in my yard and gardens, started clipping all kinds of things and experimenting.
My bouquets were very unique, with lots of foliage incorporated into them. That was kind of my signature style... I started growing more with the intentions of selling to local florists. I would bring my buckets by several florist's shops, and they would pick and choose things, but back then, many of the things I grew were very foreign to them! They didn't like 'different' so much - they liked the standard things like delphinium, peonies, tulips... It was a tough gig, I did OK, but my unique things mostly were used in my own designs... I tried to educate them about fun and different things, but back then, they weren't so willing to break out of the standard imported flower look.
Things have changed a lot since then and now it’s all the rage to use fun and unique botanicals! I LOVE sharing things with designers to try! I so enjoy being able to grow things that have their special and unique contribution to floral pieces. Vines, foliage, berries, seedheads... They are all so beautiful and interesting!
What is your favorite part of working on the farm?
My favorite part of working on the farm is probably propagating and growing. This is my passion! But foraging is right up there too! I am ALWAYS looking at all things growing whether I'm hiking, driving, strolling and considering it as part of floral design! I clip things all the time to try out, see how they do in the vase, out of the vase, in corsages, bouts, etc.
What is your favorite flower and why?
It is too hard to pick a favorite flower, and really seed pods and foliage would be just as wonderful as flowers for me! I love so many of all of them!
What advice do you have for someone who wants to grow a cut flower garden?
Be sure to grow some things that will provide foliage! Consider what things to grow that would provide flowers in all of the seasons. ex: bulbs for spring, sweet peas, salvia, geum, chammomile for spring; zinnias, cosmos, amaranthus, dahlias, etc. for summer into fall; fun twigs, berries and conifers for winter. Many things can be grown in ornamental beds and not strictly in a 'cutting garden' like foliage, berries, and conifers, so they aren't taking up precious space that is needed by the big flower producers.
We are so grateful to Gwen for taking the time to share more about her life on the farm! Her passion for what she does is evident, and she is a joy to work with.
Here are a few gorgeous arrangements Emily has created using Scattered Seeds flowers:
Photos on the farm provided by Gwen Sayers.