American Grown Farm Workshops & Fall Experiences

Pumpkin patches, cooler weather, hayrides, warm colors—what’s not to love about fall experiences? 

As the seasons change, we gear up for busy back-to-school schedules and holiday seasons that are around the corner! During all the hustle and bustle, don’t forget to take a breath, relax and have some fun (all while supporting your local American Grown farmers!). 

 

Check out upcoming floral farm workshops & fall experiences in our Certified American Grown community:

Menagerie Farm & Flower in Live Oak, California

Fall Rose Care Workshop on September 18 In this workshop, enjoy a tour of the farm’s rose fields, learn how to properly care for roses this fall AND MORE. You’ll also receive a mini fall rose care kit and a bouquet of roses to take home!

Elements of Rose Growing on October 9 This half-day, hands-on educational farm experience will cover everything from how to plant garden roses, year-round care, harvesting techniques, variety selections and insect and disease management. All experience levels are welcome!

Fall Into Wreaths Workshop on November 13 During this workshop, enjoy a rose field tour and learn how to make the perfect dried wreath for your fall & winter decor. Floral designer, Wendi Phillips, from Sweetness & Light Flowers & Events, will make a guest appearance to demonstrate her techniques, tips and tricks!

Summer Dreams Farm in Oxford, Michigan

Yoga on the Farm on September 3, 5, 22, 23 Join in for a relaxing yoga session surrounded by thousands of dahlias. Open to all skill levels and experience!

2021 Open House on September 18 (Date is tentative) This is your chance to tour one of the largest dahlia farms in the country. Flowers will be available for purchase at this event!

2021 You Pick on September 6 & October 2 During this visit, you will have the opportunity to wander and pick from 60,000+ plants and over 200 varieties on five acres of production. A half acre of sunflowers will also be in full bloom!

Creekside Growers in Middleville, Michigan

Design & Wine Workshop on August 26 & September 9 An evening of floral design demonstration, u-cut strolls through the garden and designing your own arrangement. Don’t miss out as a Farmer Florist will walk you through the steps to create your own floral masterpiece using fresh cut blooms picked by you!

A Night in the Garden Dinner on September 18 Join in for an evening dinner in the garden! Take in the sights and smells of the gardens while enjoying a relaxing evening away with a delicious, locally-prepared meal and signature cocktail menu.

Upcoming events for the Floral Community

52nd Annual Sylvia Cup Design Contest at the Society of American Florist Conference in Orlando on September 21-23 Don’t miss this all-industry event where you’ll have the opportunity to reconnect, recharge and get inspired with your floral community peers. See old friends, meet new ones, network and exchange ideas!

Produce Marketing Association: Fresh Summit Convention in New Orleans on October 28-30 This Summit brings together produce and floral industry leaders, retail buyers, food safety experts and importers/exporters from across the globe.

If none of the above farm workshops & fall experiences are close to you, we’ve compiled some DIY fall floral activities for you to try at home!

  1. Easy Fall Flower Arrangement Ideas | HGTV
  2. 3 DIY Fall Arrangements That Use Fresh-Cut Flowers | Better Homes & Gardens
  3. Fall Flower Arrangements That Make a Statement | Martha Stewart

  

Fall Floral Tips & Inspiration

Woman holding bunches of colorful fall chrysanthemums.

It’s no secret that chrysanthemums (mums) are a fall favorite! Explore some fun facts about mums below, and read up on “Your Complete Guide to Growing and Caring for Gorgeous Fall Mums” from Better Homes & Gardens

Fun facts about chrysanthemums: 

  1. They are both annuals and perennials.
  2. They come in two types: Florist mums (less likely to survive cold weather) and hardy mums (more likely to survive cold weather).
  3. Pick mums with more buds than open flowers. They tend to last longer and repotting it will be less traumatic since it’ll still be blooming.
  4. Repotting is one of the best things you can do for your mums.
  5. Mums love lots of light! However, be sure to water them plenty.

Looking to try something new in your home or garden this fall? Explore a variety of flowers and foliage in season here and find more floral inspo and tips on our Pinterest page.

Don’t forget: Buy American Grown this season! Did you know chrysanthemums used to be grown widely by many large U.S. farmers? Domestic production of the “mum” declined when the Andean Trade Preference Act was implemented. While the act was intended to be used to combat drug production and trafficking into the U.S. from South America, it also provided reduced tariffs on imports—including mums and other cut flowers, such as roses. This allowed imported flowers to be sold at much lower prices than homegrown blooms. Certified American Grown’s governmental advocacy goals are to prevent unbalanced trade and ensure a prosperous American grown cut flower and foliage farming community. 

Now, mums are primarily being grown in specialty and novelty varieties by micro and small U.S. farms. Head to our Certified American Grown member directory here and select “chrysanthemums” in the varieties section to find and support an American Grown farm selling mums this fall.

 

Stay Updated with Certified American Grown Events and News

There’s always something exciting going on in the Certified American Grown community! Bookmark our events calendar to stay in the know on more farm workshops & fall experiences that could pop up or join our email list. You’ll be the first to know about upcoming in-person and virtual events and Certified American Grown news—like how our member, Lynnvale Studios LLC’s artist/sculptor, Lou Gagnon, was featured in National Geographic!

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