Local Slow Flower Farms Around Minnesota That Are Blooming

When Christine Hoffman opened her floral studio, Foxglove, in 2013, she made it her mission to sell sustainably sourced flowers.

“I didn’t even know if local, chemical-free flowers were a thing here,” she says. The “slow flower” movement had hit the coasts, but hadn’t quite reached Minnesota, so she brought it here.

“I found two chemical-free farms in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin,” she says. “Then I started asking produce farms if they could grow flowers for me. Most said no, but a few said yes.

In addition to exclusively selling subscription packages of chemical-free Minnesota-grown flowers from her studio, Hoffman also educates other florists and the public about the environmental impact of the floral industry. Here are some of our slow flower farm favorites.

Summer harvests from Badawi and Sanna Beek prove that local flowers can look modern and stylish. “We try to elevate the perception of local flowers,” says Badawi. “They’re not just for mason jars at a barn wedding!” They grow lisianthus, single foliage, dahlias and more than 70 other varieties, sold at pop-up events, to florists like Ashley Fox and Kindred Blooms, and directly to couples for weddings. Lac Long, ladyfernflowers.com

Liz Dwyer and Curtis Weinrich started Dancing the Land in 2012, in part to make Dwyer’s family farm the perfect location for their wedding. “Our goal was to grow all the food and flowers for the wedding,” says Dwyer. “And we did.” Today, they cultivate 75 different varieties of flowers and foliage: dahlias, zinnias, eucalyptus, daisies, etc., as well as heirloom vegetables. Dwyer sells its country-style wildflowers through wholesaler Twin Cities Flower Exchange, their own CSA, and directly to couples looking for a relaxed wedding vibe. Clearwater, dancingtheland.com

Allison DeRungs had no intention of owning a flower farm. “What started as basic landscaping at my home in Golden Valley has blossomed into me growing over 75 kinds of dahlias,” she says. “Then I realized it could be a business.” She discovered other flower farms through social media, moved her family to Andover, and began growing a wild but curated collection of perennials and annuals. “Our flowers have a natural, garden-like, flowing feel,” she says. “Not all rods need to be perfectly thought out.” Andover, flowerchildfarm.com

A small patch of peonies and woodland on a family farm grew into a full-fledged flower farm for Rachael and Jon Ackerman, owners of the 10-acre Blue Sky Flower Farm. The farm is known for its dahlias and hardwood cuttings, but the family also grows several varieties of peonies, unique perennials, sunflowers and hydrangeas. Lakeville, blueskyflowerfarm.com

Terisa K. Carn