August 3

2019 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Homer, Alaska

by Certified American Grown

Location

Joslyn Peonies

65375 Diamond Ridge Road, Homer, AK, USA

date/time

August 3, 2019

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

event options

King Size Adventures Salmon Fishing

July 30


North Country Charters Halibut Fishing

August 1


Floral Design Workshop with Christi Lopez

August 2: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Alaska Peony Marketing Group Farm Tour

August 4: 11:00 am - 4:30 pm


Reserve your seat

Dine Among Vibrant Peony Blooms in Alaska

Joselyn Peonies, a flower farm in Homer, Alaska, will host the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour on August 3, 2019. This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet flower farmer Betty Joslyn, learn about growing peonies in this unique climate and enjoy an artisan dinner experience among fields of blooming peonies in one of the most beautiful locations on Earth.

Your Experience

Your dinner experience will include a feast for the eyes thanks to the innovative tablescapes featuring farm-fresh flowers designed by a renowned American floral designer.

Dine in fields of blooming peonies with views of Kachemak Bay while learning about the value of buying and supporting Certified American Grown Flowers.

This dinner is your opportunity to combine an amazing flower experience with an Alaskan adventure! Plan ahead for best accommodations and to add in additional touring experiences.

Click here to experience a Field to Vase dinner now.

The Flowers

Whites, blushes, pinks, corals and reds – Joslyn Peonies grows incredible specialty peonies in the colors today’s brides, floral designers and consumers crave.

How do they make it happen?

Alaska’s warm summers and perpetual daylight are the fuel peonies need to grow larger, bloom more vibrantly and enjoy a growing season that’s three weeks longer than in other locations.

But it’s the state’s famous cold winters that are the secret ingredient: herbaceous peonies need a minimum of 400 hours of temperatures below 40 degrees and tree peonies need between 100 and 300 hours in that colder ground in order to flower.

The blooms are then harvested in all their glory July through September, weather dependent.

The Designer

Floral designer Christi Lopez of Bergerons Flowers is the featured designer for this very special dinner tour stop at Joslyn Peonies.

Guests can count on Lopez to bring her contemporary garden style to the tablescapes and other arrangements at the event, along with a love for peonies and a respect for the American flower farmers that grow them.

Expect  tablescapes featuring multiple vessels overflowing with just-picked peonies and natural elements from the environment to give an Alaskan feel. She calls it "petal-heavy," we call it stunning!

The Flower Farm

The farm has about 6,000 peonies in the ground each year – all grown organically and processed with the utmost care. The blooms are shipped fresh overnight to the Lower 48 states.

Joslyn Peonies likes to say that they are “9 1/2 hours away from anywhere and everywhere.”

An Extra Tour with Farmer Betty

If you’d like to really get an understanding of peony farming and why these blooms thrive in the unique Alaskan climate at an elevation of 1,200 feet, be sure to register for the VIP Farm Tour when you check out. This tour is an exclusive opportunity for a limited number of guests to join farmer Betty Joslyn for an hour-long tour of Joslyn Peonies. The VIP tour takes place prior to dinner and includes a VIP reception.

Floral Workshop!

Before you dine among peonies, you can design with them! Make your American Grown Field to Vase Dinner experience complete by participating in a floral workshop with designer Christi Lopez, AIFD EMC, on Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon on the farm at Joslyn Peonies. You’ll work with gorgeous blooms and learn the techniques needed to create a stunning centerpiece that that will engage your guests and be a conversation-starter. All materials, including an awesome pair of Corona clippers, are included in the $75 fee. Just add the workshop at checkout! (No refunds after July 22.)

Sunday's Multi-Stop Flower Farm Tour

Can't get enough peonies? Tickets are available for Sunday's five-hour guided tour of a number of peony farms in the area on August 4, 2019. The tour begins at Alaska Perfect Peony and then moves to Scenic Place Peonies, where you’ll enjoy a seasonal lunch on the farm. Following lunch, we’ll tour Diamond Ridge Peonies where you’ll appreciate both the floral glory and the volcanic vistas within sight of the farm.

Space for this special extended tour is limited!

Fishing Expeditions

Looking for a great Alaskan outdoor adventure? Fishing in the waters of Alaska is certainly a dream-come-true for many and Certified American Grown has reserved two special charters for dinner tour guests who are arriving early to revel in this state’s adventures. On Tuesday, July 30, join guide Kenny Bingaman and his team of expert fishing guides on one of their King Size Adventures to hook king salmon on the Kenai River. This 30-year veteran has a reputation for consistently producing fish for his clients during their eight-hour trips, some as large as 70 pounds. On Thursday, August 1, North Country Charters invites you to board its 53-foot M/V Irish with her crew for eight fun hours of challenging halibut fishing. All of the fishing equipment, bait and filleting are provided, so all you need to do to cast off is bring warm clothing and your love for competitiveness. Lunch is available for $15, but you are welcome to bring your own. But act fast. Space is limited to 16 spaces per charter! Reservations can be purchased by our dinner guests by clicking on the green "Tickets" button above and scrolling down.

To learn more about this unique "river to table" experience, visit our blog post.

There are just 150 seats at the dinner table and they will sell out months in advance, so reserve your seat today!

FAQ

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

There are ID requirements as we will be serving wine and beer. If guests are under age 21, they will not be served any alcohol.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Upon arrival to the venue, look for Field to Vase signs. They will guide you to nearby parking.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

Bring your camera or camera phone because you will want to take lots of pictures. Bring a sweater or jacket, as the temperature may go down after the sun sets. Bring comfortable walking shoes for touring the flower farm or greenhouse. What you cannot bring is any wine or alcohol of your own.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can contact us at (916) 441.1701 or via email at info@americangrownflowers.org. We'll be glad to hear from you and answer your questions.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, you can transfer your ticket to someone else. Just contact us at info@americangrownflowers.org and let us know.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, please feel free to update your registration information or contact the event coordinator.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You can if you like, but we will have a record of your ticket on-hand as well.

What is the refund policy?

We do not offer refunds to dinners already purchased. The event will be held, rain or shine.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

We'd like the name on the ticket to match the attendee. If you need to transfer your ticket to someone else, please contact us and we'll be glad to help. You can reach us at:

(916) 441.1701
Email: info@americangrownflowers.org