The Seaside Garden Club is pleased to present Melissa Glorieux of Aster B. Flowers for their October 11th program. The program will be held at the Manchester Community Center. Social time begins at 7:00 pm and the program begins promptly at 7:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome. $5 guest fee for non-members.
A sustainable flower farm and floral design studio in Essex, MA was recently featured in Cape Ann Magazine, The Boston Globe and North Shore Magazine. Aster B. Flowers practices organic and sustainable farming and they started the regions first flower co-op.
Founder, farmer and lead designer at Aster B. Flowers, Melissa Glorieux, will talk about her experience as a self-taught flower farmer and floral designer. She will also discuss the Slow Flower Movement and how the locally-grown trend has been formative in the evolution of her farm and business.
Aster B. Flowers was started by Melissa Glorieux, a native of Massachusetts who returned to her home state along with her family to live on a farm by the sea. Before moving back, Melissa, her husband Alec and their two boys lived in San Francisco where they enjoyed local produce and flowers all year long. The vibrant farmers’ markets, the focus on farm-to-table, and the artisan producers of the Bay Area were a big part of Melissa’s inspiration for starting a farm and growing local, sustainable flowers.
At Aster B. Flowers they use sustainable and organic growing practices. Their goal is to grow beautiful, fragrant cut flowers for sale locally, while at the same time causing no harm to our environment or the people and creatures that live in it.
For the 2016 season, Meadow Wilds, Roving Radish, 1956 Blooms and Jemma Tory Floral Design will join Aster B. on the farm to create the Essex Flower Co-op, a flower grower/floral designer cooperative. Members of the co-op will grow and design side by side this season, sharing expertise and supporting one another in their flower-centric endeavors.
Aster B. strives to be sustainable both in the field and out. “We reduce, reuse and recycle wherever we can. We grow our flowers using organic practices. We compost all our field-cuttings. We’re conservative with irrigation. And we reuse everything possible from year to year, like trellising and fabric mulch and drip-tape. For that same reason, our bouquets are minimally packaged… just a rubber band and, if you like, a wrapping of waxed paper.”
Link to Aster B. Flower’s website http://asterb.com/
The Seaside Garden Club has a terrific line up of programs and speakers for this year, including: All about Perennials with Steve Hebert and the Art of the Vignette with club favorite Cheryl Munroe. By popular demand, two workshops are being offered: a holiday workshop lead by Jackie Rich in November and an Outdoor Container workshop at Chapman’s Green House in the spring. The annual Plant Sale and Auction is scheduled for May and our season concludes with a Book Discussion and potluck dinner in June.