Monday, March 22, 2010

Herbs and Flowers this Spring

Spring is in the air and my girls helped me begin to start seeds over the weekend. Every year I begin 16 flats of flowers indoors and also order flowers and herbs from a couple local growers in our area. For years we had enjoyed providing cut flower bouquets and potted herbs to the shoppers at the Rockford Farmer's Market. Last year we were excited to provide weekly Michigan grown bouquets to two Whole Foods Market stores on the east side of the state. Between that account and many, many weddings, we were very busy and having fun.

The spring line up for this year is:

Basil, Bee Balm, Catnip, Cilantro, Cumin, Dill, Fennel, Lavender, Lemon verbena, Mesclun Mix, Oregano, Parsley, Patchouli, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme.

Aster, Bachelor Buttons, Bells of Ireland, Celosia, Cosmos, Daisy, Delphinium, Flowering Kale, Larkspur, Marigold, Rudbeckia, Snapdragon, Statice, Strawflower, Sunflower, Veronica, Zinnia and much, much more!

We are not participating in the Rockford Farmer's Market this year - mixing a Saturday morning market with a full wedding schedule got to be a bit unbalanced for our family. We are considering having a booth at the Belmont Farmer's Market. They are adding a Tuesday date and that just might work out perfectly. We will update our Local Harvest Listing regarding this once we decide for sure. (

We also have product available at our Garden Room Sales at the Farm. Featuring unique new and repurposed items for home and garden decor, potted herbs and containers, antiques, handcrafted products by local artisans and many great finds and treasures!

Save the dates:

May 6,7,8
June 10,11,12
July 8,9,10
August 5,6,7
September 9,10,11
October 7,8,9
November 4,5,6

Looking forward to seeing you in the Garden Room!

Forrester Farm
4554 Pettis NE
Belmont, MI 49306
Regular hours by appointment only

Monday, March 15, 2010

GRunveiled Wedding Show, March 11, 2010

Forrester Farm

Here are some photos of our booth set up at the GRunveiled show held on
March 11, 2010 at St. Cecelia's in Grand Rapids, MI
For more details about the show see

I'm looking forward to seeing the photographer's shots and will share them once I get copies. In the meantime, I took a few of my own shots.

The bridal show was so much fun to be a part of. There were so many wonderful and creative vendors that participated, and it was a pleasure to meet so many of the show guests who were enjoying this new event. It was truly an evening enjoyed by all who were there.

Just a note, I absolutely love working with flowers and have enjoyed expanding what is offered by Forrester Farm by adding several of the prop items that are displayed in these photos.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Spring Blooms

Missouri Botanical Gardens, April 2009

Beauty is altogether in the eyes of the beholder.
-Margaret Wolfe Hungerford

We were fortunate to be able to visit the Missouri Botanical Gardens over spring break last year. While thinking about spring planting, looking over these photos give me inspiration - not to replicate what I see, but to take parts of what I see and to incorporate the ideas and color schemes into a flower bed by the driveway, a window box or a planter. What photos inspire you? Ideas can come from anywhere and can be replicated in large or small ways in your garden design or home decor. Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you today.

Friday, March 5, 2010

New Adventures in the Spring!

Welcome to the Forrester Farm blog. I'm trying something new this year - it seems as though every year I add something new to our list of adventures! I've been thinking about this for some time now, not quite knowing how to begin or where to start. As with almost everything that I do though, if I wait for the perfect time, I'll just keep waiting. So here goes.....

My hope is to provide sweet, pure and simple inspiration -
whether found or created
whether original or borrowed

Touching on the subjects of flowers, gardening, weddings, vintage finds, Forrester Farm garden room events, great photos, sweet kid inspiration, horses, barns, churches, vintage campers, shabby chic flair, flea market treasures, herbs and oh so much more.

I hope that you will enjoy what you see and be simply inspired!