An Oregon Grown Dinner Among Oregon-Grown & Designed Flowers

On Saturday, October 3rd, fans of local flowers will gather in Aurora, Oregon, at Oregon Flowers Inc., where we’ll celebrate seasonal flowers and delicious regional food and beverages.

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Martin, Helene and Tyler Meskers, our gracious hosts - and flower farmers.

Martin, Helene and Tyler Meskers, our gracious hosts – and flower farmers.

The Field to Vase Dinner Tour and the Meskers Family welcome you to Oregon Flowers Inc., a Certified American Grown Farm located just outside Portland.

Situated in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Oregon Flowers Inc. opened its greenhouse doors in 1985 with a focus on producing top quality, consistent, and reliable cut flowers. Today, Oregon Flowers continues this practice, growing lilies, tulips, calla lilies, and numerous seasonal cut flowers for wholesalers across North America.

Our hosts, Martin and Helene Meskers, and son Tyler Meskers, pursued the American dream of grown cut flowers when they settled in the small agricultural town of Aurora, not far from Oregon’s prolific wine-producing region.

They selected this region for its excellent soil quality and favorable climate for flower farming. Learn more about the Meskers family and their flowers in this recent article by Janet Eastman of The Oregonian.

Meet our Floral Designer Elizabeth Artis

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Elizabeth Artis of Espe Floral + Foliage, Portland

Elizabeth Artis has an extensive background working in both San Francisco and Portland. She operates Espe Floral + Foliage from Northwest Portland, where she is committed to using local and sustainably grown flowers from farms in the Pacific Northwest and down the coast into California.

Elizabeth is the creative director of Espe Floral + Foliage’s design studio based in Northwest Portland.

There, her 500-square-foot space is ideal for meeting with wedding clients and for producing lush, wild and amazing creations.

Elizabeth also manages the floral department at Food Front Co-op Grocery on NW Thurman St. in Portland, a shop-within-a-shop with everything from single stems and bunches to voluptuous bouquets, available seven days-a-week during store hours.

We love what Elizabeth writes on her web site: 

“Our many friendships with small flower farms guarantee quality from season to season. The selection, like the weather, changes from week to week so watch closely and see the next season on its way.”

You can connect with and follow Elizabeth at these social places:

Espe Floral + Foliage on Facebook

Espe Floral + Foliage on Instagram

Learn more about Elizabeth in her recent interview on the Slow Flowers Podcast.

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