Flower Farms Bring Locally Grown Beauty to Baton Rouge


Sunnyglade Farm

From the city unique to the periphery, a harvest of enthusiasts returns to its roots through the cultivation of flowers. The patient art of planting, cultivating and harvesting signals a return to a simpler time. Sunnyglade Farm owners Agnes and Ross Collins began working full-time to revitalize Agnes’ family farm in July 2019. Now, amid vegetable fields and flocks of sheep, there are rows of vibrant flowers waiting to be cut and sold to local florists and the public. . “It’s a great opportunity for us to grow produce locally that may not ship well, like sweet peas,” says Agnes. “It brings back access to older garden varieties, allowing more floral designers to provide the lush, loose garden look that many customers are now looking for.”

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Mist & Mauve

Rather than on acres of farmland, Jaclyn Williams’ micro flower farm is grown in her Mid City backyard. For this molecular biologist, gardening is a hobby that quickly turned into a side hustle, as she went from sharing bright flowers with neighbors and colleagues to selling the fruits of her labor at pop-up markets locals, as well as florists. “My goal has always been to grow flowers that can’t be found in our local grocery store,” Williams explains, “and to educate my customers and gardening enthusiasts on how they could do the same in their own backyard.”

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Piper Scout Farms

Laura and Nick Taylor also took their backyard and reinvented it into a floral oasis. Business wasn’t the point, though. They just wanted to beautify the landscape and support local pollinators and wildlife. “There’s just something special about fresh-cut flowers that bring life and joy amid the craziness of our modern world,” Nick says. “With the expansion of our grow beds, we decided it made sense to grow a little more and share the joy with those around us.” Their flowers are available through floral subscriptions that run from June to August.

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love buds

It was a void land next to his Mid City home that was the inspiration Dustin Smith and his partner Sydney needed amid the pandemic. Smith’s ‘quarantine project’ has gone from simply improving the curb appeal of the property to selling a few small flowers in restaurants and now selling bouquets, as well as potted plants and even vegetables , in pop-ups all over town. “I love everything about gardening,” Smith says, “but there’s something irresistibly cheerful about a vase filled with fresh flowers from the garden.”

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Terisa K. Carn