The Beautiful Reward of Career Changes Behind These Flower Farms in Norwell and Berlin, Massachusetts

The beautiful reward of these flower farms in Norwell and Berlin, Massachusetts

The power of flowers never ceases to amaze. Ted Reinstein travels to Cross Street Flower Farm to learn gardening practices, then to Golden Skep Flower Farm to view endless, low-maintenance gardens.



>> THE POWER OF FLOWERS NEVER CEASE TO SURPRISE. >> THEY CAN TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY. FLOWERS ARE MAGIC IN THIS SENSE. >> IF ONLY IT WAS SME-O-LL VISION. POPPIES, SETWE PEAS, 50 VARIETIES OF CUT FLOWERS GROW AT THIS FLOWERAR FM IN NORWELL. THERE IS SO MUCH TO SEE, EVEN CHICKENS CROSS THE ROAD TO ARRIVE. NIKKI BARTLEY OPENED AT THE FARM IN 2015. >> EVERYONE WOULD ASK, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FLOWER? THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPIEST AND IN BLOSSOM AT THIS MOMENT. >> FROM APRIL TO THE FIRST FROST, THESE 7 ACRES ARE IN BLOOM. THEY ARE PART OF A PLOT OF AGRICULTURAL LAND OWNED AND PRESERVED BY THE CITY OF NORWELL. >> DEKES TO THE WORDS OF THIS LAND AND BEING PART OF SRYTO – BEING GUARDIANS OF THIS LAND AND BEING PART OF HISTORY IS QUITE AMAZING. >> TODAY THE MULTICOLORED YARWRO IS READY FOR PICKUP. >> I USUALLY JUST CUT IN THE FLDIE ANY EXTRA LEAVES, BECAUSE YOU WANT ANYTHING THAT WILL HIT THE WATER IN THE BUCKET SO YOU HAVE NO FOLIAGE. >> DO YOU LIKE TO BE IN THE FIELDS BUT NOT WORKING THERE? TRY A CSSLA YOGA MORNING, OR A WORKSHOP. >> I WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO MAKE A LUSCIOUS DIGEST GARDEN. >> BARTLEY HAD NO FARMING EXPERIENCE WHEN SHE STARTED. SHE GRADUATED IN RUSSIAN AND COLLEGE AND WORKED IN INTERNATIONAL FINANCE. WHEN SHE MOVED WITH HER FAMILY TO NORWELL? >> I GOT THE BUG TO LEARN HOW TO GARDEN. >> BARTLEY HAS SPENT YEARS OF LEARNING HOW TO BUILD A FARM FROM THE BASIS. SHE AND HER TEAM ARE IN THE FIELD EVERY DAY, SUPERVISING 00 7 MEMBERS. A RUSTIC BARN SHOP WITH GIFTS, LAURA MU MPHURY USED FOR W AT THE SHOP. >> THIS IS VERY AMAZING. IT’S JUST A REALLY FUN WAY TO GET INVOLVED IN THE UNIT. >>YOU ALL GO A LOT. >>OR F BARTLEY, FLOWERS ARE CONSTANT REMINDERS OF JOY. >>BEING IN THE FIELDS AND NOTINGCI THE THINGS MUCH MORE THAN I HAVE EVER DONE BEFORE, NOT TAKING THINGS FOR ACCOMPANIMENTS THAT MAE YBWE ONCE DID. ♪ >> ON THIS COUNTRY ROAD, IN THE CITY OF BERLIN, IN CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS, FEEL THE STRESS SETTING UP. >> SOMETHING FLOWERS IS INCREDIBLY RELAXING. ACTUALLY, IO D THIS TOO, IF I HAVEN’T FINISHED TO PULL MY HIP OUT OF HIS GRIP. >> MANY PEOPLE COME HERE JUST TO WALK, LOOK AT THE FLOWERS, JUST TO RELAX. THIS IS PART OF THE JOY OF OPERATING THIS KIND OF BUSINESS. ♪ >> CARL AND ELAINE WICKSTROM HAVE LIVED IN BERLIN FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS.EA THEY OWN THE GOLDEN SKEP FLOWER FARM, A PASTORAL OASIS SINCE 20 F00 FOR PEOPLE, BIRDS AND ESBE SKEP IS A TRIBUTE TO THE SWEDISH ANCESTORS OF THE WICKSTROMS. >> PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED WHEN THEY ENTER. SOME OF THEM ARE OVERWHELMED BY WHAT WE HAVE. >>WICKSTROMS DO NOT GROW NEEDS FLOWERS AND FINICKY. NO, THEIR FARM SPECIALIZES IN ABUNDANT AND LOW MAINTENANCE PLANTS, INCLUDING 0 TO 40 VARIETIES OF HNDOSTAS HEMERAINS. >> AND THEN SUN AND SHADE PERENNIALS, THERE ARE HUNDREDS TO CHOOSE FROM, I DON’T EVEN KNOW THE EXACT UNT.CO >> WE LOVE THE PEOPLTOE PLANT INTRODUCTION THEY WOU.LD – THAT THEY DON’T ORDINALLY USE. >> IT’S SARATOGA IN SPRING. IT’S I AT THE END OF MAY. YOU CAN SEE IT’S STILL GOING STRONG. >> WICKSTROM SAYS Daylilies ARE PERFECT FOR CASUAL GARDENERS. >> DO NOT LET IT DRY OUT DURING THE FIRST GROWING SEASON. DO NOT OVER water. IT CAN BE LEFT ON HIS NEXT OWFON R YES.AR EYTH ARE VERY DROUGHT TOLERANT AND VERY EASY TO MAINTN.AI YOU CAN GO ON A TWO WEEK HOLIDAY IN JULY AND NOT WORRY ABOUT IT. >> IF YOU ARE NOT THE JURASSIC PARK AESTHETIC TYPE – WHAT ARE YOU? — HOSTS ARE IDEAL. >> IT DIDN’T SEENNY A WATER FROM A GARDEN HOSE WHATSOER.VE THIS IS ALL NARAL. EMPRESS WU IS VERY POPULAR. IT IS GROWING. >> WOW. FOR GENERATIONS GOLDEN SKEP WAS A DAIRY FARM, A CLASCSI FARM WHERE THE WICKSTROMS NOW LIVE DATE 10.74 GIVEN THE GIFT SHOP HAS A STORYBKOO VIBE, INSPINGRI CUSTOMERS TO OFFER THE ULTIMATE COMPLIMENT. >> IF YOU NEED SOMEONE TO WEED, I’M AVAILABLE >> THE JOY OF COLOR, AND FLOWERS, AND BEES, AND BUTTERFLIES, IT’S REALLY ENRICHING. ♪ >> AND THE GROWERS TED MET HAVE FACED NEARLY CONSTANT RAINS THIS MOH.NT LIKE ALL OF US. HOSTA PLANTS LIKE THE ONE YOU’VE SEEN AT GOLDEN SKEP HOLD A TON OF WATER, SO YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED YOUR NEIGHBOR’S PLANTS GETTING BIGGER EVERY DAY. SOME HOSTAS, BY THE WAY, ARE SCENTED AND SOME ARE EDIBLE. A VERY POPULAR CUT FLOWER IS IN SEASON NOW, THE DAHL.IA CROSS STREET FLOWER FARM GROWS 6,000 DAHLIA TUBERS PER YE. NEXT, THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE WAS NOT ENOUGH

The beautiful reward of these flower farms in Norwell and Berlin, Massachusetts

The power of flowers never ceases to amaze. Ted Reinstein travels to Cross Street Flower Farm to learn gardening practices, then to Golden Skep Flower Farm to view endless, low-maintenance gardens.

When a flower farm is not just a flower farm! In Norwell, Cross Street Flower Farm offers classes in field yoga, flower design and cultivation, as well as cutting opportunities, all on historic farmland dating back to the 1600s. Central Massachusetts, Golden Skep Flower Farm is a family farm with a classic red farm specializing in daylilies and huge hostas.

When a flower farm is not just a flower farm! In Norwell, Cross Street Flower Farm offers classes in field yoga, flower design and cultivation, as well as cutting opportunities, all on historic farmland dating back to the 1600s. Central Massachusetts, Golden Skep Flower Farm is a family farm with a classic red farm specializing in daylilies and huge hostas.

Terisa K. Carn