Farm Tour, Wed., June 16, 6-8 PM $30
We love watching the seasons evolve here on the farm and we love sharing all that’s growing and blooming with our guests. We began opening the farm for tours several years ago and tours have since become some of our favorite farm events. This is our third tour or 2021 and we’re excited! We are limiting this tour to 25 participants, instead of the normal 30 to allow for a bit of social distancing. With the new CDC guidelines, we are NOT requiring masks but please wear one if you prefer. We will have hand sanitizer available. Please dress for a run down old farm that is complete with poison ivy and ground hog holes. Bring a pair of nippers or scissors if you have them as we will snip a few blooms as we tour. Tour will begin at the Homeplace, 399 Bruce Doan Rd., Blountville, TN 37617. I’ll try to remember to put balloons on the mailbox, but it’s the first driveway on the left AFTER the hoophouse.
Laid Back and Informative
Folk who join us are often laid back gardeners or flower enthusiasts who have interest in not just pretty flowers, but how flowers grow, and also interest in the farmers who grow them. We’ll tour the Homeplace first and hear Roy tell Civil War stories, talk of farm days gone by, and see what’s blooming. Here you’ll see blooming Annabelle hydrangea and the very first of the Dahlias. Linda will explain a bit about growing, netting, harvesting, deep cutting, and preserving dahlias
Flowers and Stories
We’ll pop into the hoop house next to see the end of the “cool flowers” and the beginning of the warm loving annuals. Celosia are up and growing along with zinnias, basils, sunflowers, and more. The hoop house is in full transition right now. Then it’s on to Aunt Willie’s house with the perfect 1940’s vintage kitchen, the chicken coop/flower studio, and all the flower and perennial beds – talking flowers and farm the whole time. Oakleaf, Annabelle, and Invicible Spirit Hydrangea are in full bloom along with yarrow, veronicastrum, echinacia, larkspur, nigella, and several herbs. Linda will also talk of the woodies and perennials that provide most of the foliage used in arrangements that leave the farm.
Learn and Experience
A good time to learn about the preparation that goes into flower farming and to see and hear the nuts and bolts. We’ll have jars ready for you with colorful ranunculus, but you can perhaps nip a few blossoms to add along the way.
Flowers as You Go
Cost is $30 and includes lots of history, farm tour, and bouquet. Tour will meet rain or shine so bring an umbrella if rain looks imminent. Plenty of run down old buildings to duck into if inclement weather. Tours generally last about 2 hours but you’re welcome to hike up to the cabin later if daylight allows. Money is not refundable, but if you can’t make it you can hopefully send someone in your place.
$30 and includes tour and a ball jar bouquet
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