Friday, August 16, 2019

DIY Wedding Photos

Sweet DIY from Ellen Gwin Photography
Ellen Gwin photography
bucket of July flowers
Matt Powell Photo of our DIY flowers
Ashley N Warren Photography- spring flowers
Megan Kerns Photo
Megan Kerns Photo Bridal Bouquet by Shady Grove Gardens, Bridesmaids DIY Paula Ferguson and Dott Gragg
Peepsake Photography Bouquet DIY - May flowers
Peepsake Photography Bouquet DIY - May flowers

Country Kaptures Photography @ 'The Pretty Place'
Jean Moree photo

Jean Moree photo

Jean Moree photo @ Crestwood Resort October

Monday, July 1, 2019

Farm and Country Day on our Flower Farm:
Join us for a farm adventure. Four hours of farm and field, all tech-free.
  • Bring your kids or grandchildren, for an amazing hike.
  • We have 3-state views. and unique mountain habits to enjoy. High knolls, low mountain wetlands, maintained habitat for rare birds and animals.
  • A healthy lunch and drinks are provided on our wedding knoll, followed by a swing by our restored cabin/restroom. The afternoon finishes with Shady Grove's Butterfly loop; the perfect place to spot butterflies in summer.
Your leader will cover, short introductions of geology, geography, wildlife conservation, plant ID and flower farming.
Terrain is hilly, hiking boots or similar are suggested. 
No bug spray near the group, please apply ahead of time.
Sunscreen, hats and water bottles are suggested.
Please let us know if you have food allergies, 
Total length of the walk is about 2 miles.
Dates are Monday July 29th and Monday August 5th, 2019  Price per person is $60.
Time: 10-2, please arrive 15 minutes early to get parked and situated. No dogs please.( we have our own little one)

Monday August 26, 2019 join us 3-6:00pm for a fun afternoon in the shade of trees and tents at our home and nursery in Zionville, NC. Just 10 miles from Boone. Rain date is 8/28/17. We provide all the tools and floral containers, compotes and vases for you to arrange in after Susan's demo. We will help you throughout your time here. You will be working with the freshest dahlias, flowers and foliage from our farm in Ashe, Co. NC. Refreshments are provided. Take home a compote and vase along with tips on keeping dahlias longer. We've limited this workshop to 8 people. $75 per person.

Let's put together something fun. Visit our flower farm and work with our abundant fresh flowers. We'll be using all locally grown flowers; right from our farm. 
August 5th, 2019 3-6pm with a Farm Tour as it cools off.
Under the shade of tents, there will be a demo plus one on one flower arranging
Bring your favorite vase with the option to buy more.
Afterward, enjoy a guided walking tour of our 5+ acres of flowers in peak season. Shady Grove Gardens has 3-state long range views. 
We're in Creston, NC (Ashe County), an easy 25 miles from Boone, NC. Refreshments are included. There are 2 open dates this summer. We are limiting the design group to a total of 10. $80 per person.

This Sunday workshop will lead you through making our buckets of flowers into great arrangements. Limited to 5-10 would be designers. 
We meet here at the nursery and studio, for 3+ hours of fast paced info on what to do and not do. 
This is a once a summer workshop.
Flowers are included, please bring some of the vases you intend to use. We'll cover bridal bouquets, boutonnieres and simple corsages. 
Workshop date: August 11, 2019 3-6 pm drink refreshments are provided. $85 per person.

2.5 hour intensive, on how to DIY your wedding flowers or those of a loved one. Bring your questions and containers. Plan to schedule this workshop weeks ahead of the wedding. June-August dates. We're limited to 2 designers from the same wedding in our small studio space. Susan will show you how to quickly make beautiful arrangements using our flowers and how to keep it simple. $200 per person.
We also offer Design workshops for you and your Bridesmaids.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Loose Flowers to DIY Buckets from our Farm

While the styles ebb and flow, being flower farmers means we still love color. No matter which year it is. I find the bodacious bright zinnia enchanting and soft full dahlias luscious. 

Anyway, flowers were meant to represent fertility and the richness of life. A wedding should be a celebration; neither a show of bling or a blanket of green expresses this truth. 

So while white and green flood the media pages, we will grow them.  But always, we will have the bold, the bright and the cheerful, available for our 'sunny side up' brides.

All DIY Flowers from our farm in Ashe County, NC

Saturday, February 23, 2019

July Flower Photos

DIY flowers
DIY flowers
Old and new photos from July plus an updated list. The Weather continues to change dates on us, so these are best guesses from past experience.

Mountain Mint green and silver
Dusty Miller Silver
Lambs Ear Silver
Yarrow purple, lilac, white, yellow/gold, reds, pastel shades 
Pink Yarrow pink
Penstemon purple, soft pink/lavender
Larkspur blue/ purple/ white pink early July only
Snapdragon orange, reds, mix, purple. white, yellow, pink
Dianthus Neon green/ pinks
Dianthus Sweet White, coral, red
Summer Sun gold
Diablo -ninebark chocolate
Butterfly Bush mostly blues/ purples, some white
Peony white/pink/red must be reserved ahead
Alostromeria gold
Sweet Pea
Perennial Sweet Pea pink and some white, foliage vines as well
Astilbe white/red/ taller purple
Zinnia all colors 
Blue salvia blue and dark blue
Sunflowers gold and lighter yellow, white
Filpendula Queen of the prairie pink/white
Foxglove purple/ white, cream, peach
Hydrangea Oakleaf white
Hydrangea Annabelle white
Honeysuckle native red with yellow
Drumstick Allium maroon purple
Allium soft Yellow spray
Cosmos pink/white/dark pink
Phlox paniculata pinks/ white,  purple/blue
Pearl yarrow white mid July
Rosemary foliage
Feverfew white daisy
Burgundy amaranth burgundy spike
Astrantia red/ white limited
Lavender light blue/dark blue- limited
Bee Balm red, purple
Indian Summer black-eyed susan
Shasta Becky white daisy
Purple coneflower Echinacea pink- limited
Dahlia -starting the season
Queen Annes Lace white
Veronica blues/pink/ white limited
Deca dbl. gold sunflower
Annual Grasses  Wheat, millet and pan grass- green
Ironweed -fuchsia 
Gladiolus mixed with red, pinks, soft yellow, white
Diablo -ninebark chocolate
Scabiosa Pincushion flower medium blue, white, raspberry, blackberry, lavender
Viburnum blue berries dates vary quite a bit in July
Viburnum blush red
Annual Scabiosa blues, white, dark maroon, some pink, red
Bachelor Button blue, white, pink, larger bright yellow


DIY flowers
DIY flowers
DIY flowers
Early July Wedding


perennial Sweet Pea

Bridal bouquet

Allium, Echinacea

midnight moon dahlia
market flowers

Crocosmia, mountain mint, hydrangea

Blue Paradise Phlox
viburnum berries
Deca- perennial sunflower

Burgundy Amaranth
close-up of  July petals

Simple petals and vases @ Eagle's Nest
Little Lamb Hydrangea mid-late July

Locally grown Alstroemeria 
pastel mix
Allium flava - yellow fireworks

Butterfly bush
Bachelor Buttons
Shasta Daisy
French Floral Vase @ Eagle's Nest 
My favorite bridal bouquet of 2011