At Molly Oliver Flowers, we select flowers grown as close to home as possible. We do this to ensure the healthiest and most enchanting flowers for your event, to reduce our carbon footprint, and to support small farmers who are breathing new life into our agricultural economy, stewarding our land in an ecological manner, and building community.
Rise and Root “is a cooperatively run farm in the black dirt region of Orange County, New York. Their farm team is made of strong women, teachers, leaders, students, and growers. The ladies of Rise and Root grow vegetables, flowers, and herbs using sustainable growing techniques, never using chemical pesticides or herbicides on our farm.” Instead, they focus “on building up a healthy ecosystem and restoring balance to the land.”
Rock Steady Farm is a woman and queer owned cooperative CSA farm growing specialty cut flowers and sustainable vegetables in Millerton, New York. They are committed to ecological stewardship, increasing equity in the agricultural systems, partnering with organizations that are doing social justice work, and providing good jobs in their rural community.
Treadlight Farm is a specialty cut-flower farm in Kerhonkson, NY. Matt and Irene, the owners, began their farm in 2015 on two acres in the Catskill mountains; they recently relocated and expanded their farm to the mid-Hudson Valley. With great care for their land and its soil, Treadlight specializes in surprising and unique florals that are underrepresented in the conventional floral trade.
Tiny Hearts Farm’s Luke + Jenny (their crew, including two young kids!) farm 15 acres of Hudson Valley soil using organic methods. They have been growing In Copake, NY since 2014 and have expanded their production to wholesale, a retail location, and floral design. They are classically trained musicians who jumped into the flower fields.
Located in Ancram, New York, The Flower and the Leaf’s Farmer Renee, grows gorgeous blooms and foliage in a spectacular perennial garden in the Hudson Valley. They have some of the most unique locally available plants.
Rose Meadow Farm
Rose Meadow Farm is a local CSA Farm that grows flowers and vegetables for the community. You can find Rose Meadow Farm comes to the Union Square Greenmarket 3-4 times/week.
One of our favorites growers is Fantastic Gardens of Long Island. They have a huge selection of hard-to-find flowering plants and cacti at the Union Square Farmers Market. You’ll find them in the park on Thursdays and Fridays (April-December). Or, in Patchogue, Long Island where this family-run business operates 3 acres of greenhouses.
The River Garden
Growing in the Catskills in South Cairo Bernadette retails and wholesales at Union Square 3 times per week. You’ll know it’s River Garden because they wrap their generous bunches in compostable recyclable white paper.
H. J. Hautau and Sons
Hautau and Sons has been growing flowers in Branchville, New Jersey since 1907. The Third Generation of growers has some of the most beautiful blooms especially in the late fall-early spring from thier greenhouses!
It’s par for the course in the NYC event world to throw away much of the decor at the end of the night — this waste (vases, flowers, candles, etc.) winds up in a landfill. Currently, many flower studios still rely heavily on floral foam and other synthetic, non-biodegradable products to create designs — all of this goes into landfills as well. Need I go on? There are a number of ways I work to reduce waste, both in my day-to-day work in the studio and on event days. Some of those ways: I offer a variety of vessels as rentals, and re-use these as long as possible. I make complimentary ‘grab and go’ bouquets for your guests, and generally ensure you and your guests go home with as many peak quality flowers at the end of your event as desired. Whatever isn’t claimed, I take to Brooklyn urban farms to compost; this becomes nutrient-rich soil amendment. Much of the cardboard and paper packing and packaging from vessel shipments is re-purposed or recycled. I avoid all use of synthetic floral foam or other non-biodegradable products and chemicals.