My superstar designer, Jess, realized her dream and bought a farm this year. I made my first visit during her open garden event on Sunday night. It was magical. Bloomhouse is about 40 minutes north of LoCoFlo, not far from the Pennsylvania line. Jess and her partners are developing the land into a flower lovers destination. They have a lovely, sunny space filled with cut flower beds and a barn that will be renovated to host events. Jess envisions Bloomhouse to become a sought-after venue and production farm in addition to a place where people gather, cut their own flowers and enjoy nature.
I was excited to be among the first to experience Bloomhouse. We toured around and admired Bloomhouse’s flowers. (I snuck a peek at some early-stage dahlias we want to order next week.) Eric, my husband, and I also got to visit with our friends Leon and Carol Carrier from Plant Masters, who we haven’t seen since the winter when Leon delivered cut orchids to us. The Maryland flower farming community is a tight knit and supportive group. Leon gifted Jess an arborvitae tree he proudly told us he grew from a cutting.
I’m really proud of what Jess has accomplished in such a short time. It should not be a surprise as I’ve seen her success for years as my employee, as one of my growers and as an artist. It was a special visit as I, and the rest of the LoCoFlo team, feel we were part of the journey to acquire the farm through Jess’s stories at the shop of all the ups and downs to find a place to meet her needs. It is still a work in progress, but she has come a long way and it is already more than a minimal viable product. I had a great time and it is a beautiful place. Plus, I am also buying commercial grade flowers. I am looking forward to spending more time, and ordering more flowers, at Bloomhouse in the years to come.