Setting a record high at Len Busch Roses

The Field to Vase Dinner Tour kicks off the 2017 season and brings a little spring to chilly Plymouth, Minnesota this past weekend

The cold temperatures outside were quickly forgotten when the 2017 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour launched last weekend inside the greenhouses at Len Busch Roses in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Towering centerpieces galore! The tablescape at Len Busch Roses was nothing short of FABULOUS!

The dynamic duo of flower farmer Patrick Busch of Len Busch Roses and featured floral designer Sandy Schroeck of Trend On Design challenged themselves by striving to host the “Best Dinner in F2V History.”.

Busch welcomed F2V guests into the greenhouses at Len Busch Roses to experience the peak of springtime while it was still winter-like outside in the  Midwest.

It’s the start of a NEW adventure. F2V guests were welcomed to Len Busch Roses with a beautiful display of fresh floral beauties as they checked in for dinner.

Setting the bar for coming dinners, many “firsts” were introduced, like the start of an intimate 90-minute VIP Farm Tour lead by Busch. This exclusive experience for F2V guests took place prior to the start of the dinner. Each event this year will offer guests the same opportunity that you can include when you save your seats at one of our future dinners. VIP Farm Tour guests experienced Len Busch Roses’ 15-acre flower farm and greenhouses and learned first-hand from the farmer about the history of this beautiful Minnesota farm.

The VIP Farm Tour exceeded all expectations for F2V. Be sure to save your spot at checkout for the *NEW* VIP Farm Tour opportunity happening this year!

F2V guests arrived through the doors of Len Busch Roses’ customer store and quickly checked in while enhancing their wardrobe ensembles with beautiful one-of-a-kind floral art. Every guest had the choice of sporting  beautiful custom floral boutonnieres or breathtaking flower crowns made of gorgeous ferns and blooms.

What is life without beautiful floral art to emphasize your dinner outfit? These custom pieces designed by featured floral designer Sandy Schroeck made the night that much more magical.

Minnesota-based lifestyle blogger Claudia Camargo of Miles And Smiles and friend Ruffy joined us around the dinner table and accessorized her choice of flower crown to her dinner wardrobe!

The tabletops were filled with towering floral arrangements created from  Certified American Grown Flowers designed by Minnesota floral designer Sandy Schroeck. With everything from floral installations and ombre tablecloths to twinkling farm lights, the ambiance for this event couldn’t have been more fabulous!

Welcoming F2V guests into the table room was a magic walk way indeed.

Guests were able to experience the beauty of Len Busch Roses’ greenhouse, along with a colorful elongated F2V tablescape to enhance the beauty of fresh certified American Grown blooms!

It’s all in the details…. Floral details.

During the reception, F2V guests enjoyed a local folk band and mingled with one another over outstanding beer provided by Omni Brewing and delectable wines provided by Stargazer Barn. Farm host Patrick Busch charmed his guests with a moving presentation in which he introduced Len Busch Roses’ founder, his father, Len Busch. Sandy Schroeck captivated guests with a DIY floral arrangement demonstration.

Crafted beer sponsor Omni Brewing Co. wowed our F2V guest all night long with its original chilled taste.

Wine sponsor Stargazer Barn fancied the goblets of guests in tasty red or white varieties.

Flower farmer Patrick Busch of Len Busch Roses spoke to our F2V guests about the beauty of his farm and the legacy created by his father Len Busch.

Flower demos galore! Guests enjoyed DIY table arrangements by featured floral designer Sandy Schroeck of Trend On Design!

Our featured F2V chef, Rob Lang of Common Roots Catering, delighted the taste buds of guests with a menu showcasing Minnesota’s best. Appetizers included asparagus tartlets and lamb polpettes. Before the main course, guests enjoyed a butter lettuce salad with roasted grapes, crispy shallots, creamy tarragon dressing and parmesan croutons. Next, guests had the choice of three dinner options including slow-roasted braised beef, balsamic and brown-sugar glazed pork loin or a rustic mushroom tart. All dishes were served with buttered baby red potatoes and herb-roasted seasonal vegetables. The meal concluded with a delectable choice of a fresh fruit tart, chocolate cake with caramel drizzle or challah bread pudding.

And for starters…

Plated dinners were a hit with our guests! Common Roots Catering really brought the farm-to-fork concept to the table. Thank you!

Dessert time in Minnesota satisfied every sweet tooth around.

Cheers to a great night at Len Busch Roses! Guests left the evening with memories to share, F2V swag bag goodies and arms full of fresh Certified American Grown flowers courtesy of Len Busch Roses. As a special treat, each and every F2V guests had the opportunity to take home their very own centerpiece straight from the dinner table.

All swag on deck: Each F2V guest left with arms full of certified American Grown Blooms which included their own tablescape arrangement, a luscious bouquet and a single tulip bulb.

Don’t forget the famous swag! The bags full of goodies are always a crowd pleaser.

Guests have been raving about this dinner stop. Here are just a few of some of our favorite F2V guest testimonials we have received so far!

“It was first class and beautifully personalized – from the corsages to the table markers, great food, good conversation, exquisite setting, etc.  What a great experience and we felt like royalty with such outstanding service and attention, in such a beautiful locale. And we certainly didn’t expect the kind of SWAG we went home with – flowers EVERYWHERE now and our home smells so wonderful, even as we had snow falling yesterday.” ~ Julie K.

“Just beautiful. Small, intimate! Generous gifts. Such fresh flowers.” ~ Myra H.

“If you are a gardener, photographer, or just a person who appreciates the beauty of flowers, this event is pure magic. The greenhouse tour was informative and the benches of flowers in bloom were visually stunning. I have never felt so welcome at an event. The libations were generous and the food delicious, but my favorite part of all was the gorgeous flowers to take home. It was truly a memorable evening that I will long remember.” ~ Susan D.

Twinkling lights and great conversations created the perfect ambiance for F2V guests at Len Busch Roses.

As we pack our bags for our next destination, we welcome you to join us! Be a part of the dinner-table conversation when we visit Gallup & Stribling Orchids in Carpinteria, California, on Thursday, March 30. See you there!

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