This time, I was joined by my husband and son. We had planned a long weekend up north to camp at Deception Pass. I wasn’t quite sure how these tours would unfold with a four year old around. One minute calm and the next all hell might break loose. That’s the life of a working mom at times! As it turned out, my son preferred to hang in the truck with his daddy as Vivian had a pack of dogs towering over him.
When I say pack of dogs, what I really mean are a group of fun-loving, happy-go-lucky, looking for the next game of fetch kinda labs! There may have been one other dog breed in the mix, I don’t quite recall. Regardless, they were the happiest pack of pups I ever saw! Having all kinds of fun in a massive lawn roaming every which way they pleased, just like farm dogs should! The youngest pup even tried snatching a bunch of sweet peas. It was very cute!
Vivian has been growing flowers since she was a little girl. She has always had a patch of earth to grow flowers. She is the daughter of farmers who instilled skills in cultivating good growing soil and caring for the land one has.
“Good flower sell themselves- I’ve never had to advertise.” Vivian Larson
Like many flower farmers, Vivian got started selling flowers at a stand. Word soon spread of her quality flowers as customers would be waiting at the stand to buy her bouquets!
Yes, the pansy, which we love so much in our planters and garden beds is going bigtime and soon to be a big trend in weddings. Vivian is well connected in the local and sustainable flower community. Involved in beta testing for new flower varieties, Everyday Flowers is growing a specialty crop of pansies that will soon be in a florist’s hands. I was in aww! They are darling to say the least. I cannot wait to get my hands on these for future wedding designs.
As a really big fan of the very popular book, Lean In, and written by Sheryl Sandberg, Vivian is a true example of women in business. She’s not afraid to “lean in”, ask the tough questions or say what needs to be said. I see these same qualities in her flowers too. Her blooms are bold, vibrant and have a strong voice. We as a human race, need more Vivian’s in this world. What an amazing example she is setting for her grandchildren and really anyone who is touched by her in life, including myself.
I believe in surrounding one’s self with hardworking, authentic, and honest people to name a few. When we do, that kind of energy becomes contagious, even infectious and pushes people to do things they didn’t realize they were capable of before. This is just one more powerful reason why I support the American flower farmer.
A big thank you to Vivian Larson for opening her home to me. It was truly an honor.
The stories, photos, and opinions were sourced from my personal interview with Vivian Larson and http://seattlewholesalegrowersmarket.com/everyday-flowers/.