Lockport couple’s homegrown flower organization commences to bloom

TerriLynn and Reesa Gravois-Arabie pose with their dogs at their small flower farm in Lockport.

May well marked the 1st-calendar year anniversary of Haven Flower Farm, a tiny operation at Reesa and TerriLynn Gravois-Arabie’s house in Lockport.

The journey commenced last spring when Reesa looked up “How to mature black and white anemones in Zone 9b.” The on the web research led her to Floret Flowers’ web page, the place she found a in-depth report on how to develop her preferred bouquets.

The couple begun planting three rows in their backyard.

The Gravois-Arabies are farmer-florists, which means they specialize in both developing and building with seasonal bouquets.

Final calendar year, they overcame troubles this kind of as becoming new to gardening, an active hurricane year and figuring out scheduling to lengthen their rising period.

“Coming into 12 months two, we know what we can mature and then we can consider to experiment with other items that we didn’t get a prospect to mature very last calendar year,” Reesa stated.

Sunflowers, peonies, cosmos and more mark the seven rows in the 3,000-sq.-foot space the couple uses for summer blooms this period. They tend their garden in the evenings soon after returning home from their comprehensive-time jobs.

The farm has led to a myriad of options. The pair have helped source bouquets to weddings, shared their gardening abilities with other folks and led a workshop at a community market to instruct kids how to build their individual Halloween bouquet.

Tiny sunflower sprouts at Haven Flower Farms.

“I was pondering, ‘Are the youngsters gonna want flowers? Mainly because they usually just want candy, appropriate?’ But they ended up genuinely into it. We had to arrive back two times to the garden and reduce much more bouquets mainly because they were being so stoked to make their very own bouquets,” Reesa said. “So that was enjoyment. And it was great to see the little ones seriously get psyched about it way too.”