In yesterdays post on small space flower farming, I talked about the fact that you dont need large tracts of land in order to have a flower farm or decent-sized cutting garden. If you missed my post about Sarah Nixons vibrant farmer-florist business that is spread across nine urban backyards in Toronto, then youll definitely want to hop over and catch up on her innovative business model. Today, Im going to share a little bit about a couple other enterprising farmer-florist businesses who have each converted abandoned urban lots surrounded by a sea of blacktop and brick into beautiful, verdant oases overflowing with seasonal flowers.

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First up is Erica Maust and Andrew Olson

Who own and operate Chicory Florals in Philadelphia. They currently grow on half an acre, split between two sites, one of which is a 1/4 acre vacant lot that until recently had rowhouses.

That meant that that they found a mix of brick and concrete rubble a few inches beneath the surface, requiring them to do a fair amount of work to amend the soil, such as haul in 30 yards of compost, in order for it to support intensive plantings of flowers. They have drip irrigation setup for the six 110-foot beds that they connect to their only water source: a nearby fire hydrant.

wild and romantic, unconventional and unexpected

Erica and Andrew utilize the flowers grown on their urban lot for their full service event design studio. Their designs are described as wild and romantic, unconventional and unexpected and because they are able to grow their own unique flowers and foliage for their designs, their designs include materials not found in designs by most traditional brick-and-mortar florist shops.

Wedding flower

Wedding flower