I had my first “green” wedding last weekend. The bride requested locally grown flowers for her bouquets. This presented a challenge in that May in Colorado doesn’t really offer the best selection in locally grown flowers and second, the weather in Colorado isn’t really bulk flower growing weather.

Lucky for us, Colorado, Denver specifically has a wholesaler that not only sells locally grown flowers, they grow them too. Stevens and Sons has been operating in Denver since 1966. They manage a 100,000 sq foot greenhouse in Arvada and are the region’s largest producer of Oriental and Asiatic lilies. They also grow seasonal flowers which were ideal for my May bride’s bouquets.

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Because growing flowers is a risky business and one never knows when or how they’ll bloom, choosing specific locally grown flowers is a gamble. It is easist to set your heart on certain colors rather than flowers just in case they don’t bloom or aren’t available.

For last weekend’s wedding I used locally grown snapdragons, hydrangea, freesia, asters and sustainable grown gerbera daisies, wax flower, stock and tulips. All were fresh, green and smelled wonderful.  If you’re interested in a “green” wedding contact me and I’ll help you choose the best options for your wedding flowers.

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