Resilient Fern Farmer Says The Show Must Go On Post-Hurricane

FernTrust ready to host pop-up dinner despite damage from Irma

 

Repairs are underway at FernTrust. David Register shares with us the impact on his farm and the region.

David Register is a stand-up guy. Despite significant damage to his farm from Hurricane Irma, he’s promising an amazing American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour at FernTrust in Seville, Florida, on Nov. 18. In fact, he thinks the hurricane presented the perfect opportunity to really educate guests about how fern and foliage farmers handle whatever Mother Nature deals them – and bounce back in record time.

Register, executive vice president at FernTrust, rebounded in a matter of days post Irma, filling as many orders as possible just two days after the storm. This after clearing roads of trees, getting generators started to keep harvested fern cool and working to repair damaged shade cloth.

Fern farmer David Register had a front-row seat as Hurricane Irma rolled through their farm. He hunkered down and rode out the storm in order to get things back online as soon as possible.

“When nature hands you a raw deal, you roll with the punches,” Register says. “We hope customers  and those who value the American Grown Flower ideal will support us through this whole thing and we’ll come out stronger.”

If Register is this resilient, you can bet he’ll pull off the experience of a lifetime at the Field to Vase Dinner. And the learning – that will be hurricane force.

Experience with these storms helped to prepare for getting things back online after Irma blew through. Shade cloth, used to help protect their ferns and foliage, was purchased in advance of the storm to help expedite the repairs.

Guests will enjoy a multi-course artisanal meal surrounded by fresh fern. Floral design celebrity J Schwanke will wow guests with his designs – making this even more of a must-attend event.

A magical evening awaits! Save your seats today!

J plans to create a full-on foliage experience using time-honored techniques and textures to bring the excitement of the “all-foliage” trend to the dining table. He’ll leverage Pantone’s color of the year, Greenery, to immerse guests in the depth, beauty and passion of the latest “all things foliage” look.

Add the VIP farm tour with Register to learn more about fern growing and how he and his team have bounced back from two hurricanes in a row.

Make your experience truly fantastic by adding the foliage design workshop J Schwanke, also on Nov. 18, from 9-11 a.m. At this exclusive event you’ll learn how to weave palm leaves into nautilus shells, create aspidistra roses and attach Milky Way foliage to wine and champagne glasses. Each participant will also make their own all foliage crown and foliage centerpiece.

Plus, you’ll get hands on in helping create the exclusive foliage photo backdrops that will be part of the dinner.

Show your support for Florida’s hard-hit fern growers and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience dining among the fern in the “Fern Capital of the World.”

 

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