Grow Your Own Cut Flower Garden – Sat., March 27th, 1-3 p.m. $150


Join us for this hands-on workshop where participants will seed and take home a tray of warm season annuals that are great for cutting! We have chosen varieties that are easiest to germinate and grow into seedlings including sunflowers, zinnias, marigolds, cosmos, and basil. These seedlings should be ready to transplant into the garden just about the time of our last expected frost. Each participant will seed 5 different varieties of seeds into a 72 cell plug tray filled with seed starting soil. In addition to the seeds, tray, and soil, each will also receive a bottom tray for watering, landscape fabric that can be used for no-till bed prep and/or weed barrier, a handout that covers everything from seed to vase, seed catalogs from Johnny’s Seeds and The Gardener’s Workshop, and a few extra seeds for later!

We will hopefully gather at the newly renovated barn at 385 Bruce Doan Rd., Blountville, TN, 37617. Registration cannot be refunded but we will meet rain or shine. Please bring a mask as we will err on the side of caution. See below for more details. 10 participants maximum.

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There will be lots of discussion and demos of how to be successful at growing cut flowers. that will include:

  • What to plant when – frost dates, warm season annuals, cool flowers etc.
  • How to read a seed packet and seed catalogue
  • Seeding in trays or soil blocks vs direct seeding and timing for each
  • Conditions needed for best germination and growing (water, heat and light)
  • Caring for a seed tray
  • Watering your tray – bottom or overhead
  • Bed preparation – composting, fabric? till or no-till?
  • Transplanting seedlings into the ground and watering-in
  • Caring for plants after transplanting – watering, fertilizing
  • How to fight weeds – weed barrier, weeding, garden tools
  • When and how to cut your flowers – we’ll see what’s blooming in the hoop house
  • How to preserve in vase
  • List of local resources
  • How to share – Growing Kindness Project