Thank you, 2018 clients!

Once again, we are humbled to have received glowing feedback in 2018, and to have had the privilege of supplying and designing thousands of exquisitely grown cut flowers from our immediate region! The beauty we get to behold is truly awesome.

By natural extension, this thanks goes out to our incredibly hard working and talented community of farmers who make it possible for couples to support their immediate communities. These farmers — go HERE to learn more about them — go through so much, so much more than you’d imagine to grow high quality flowers. Farming is as rigorous as a career can be, in all ways – physical, mental, spiritual…And some of our growing friends have undergone incredible hardship of late, due to climate change, natural disasters. The unpredictable weather patterns are incredibly stressful for farmers. In other words, growing flowers isn’t for pansies:) And, it’s amazing when people choose to support them when it’s also possible to have whatever flower you want, at any time of year.

And, by natural extension of this, we give gratitude and thanks to the soil, and all the mystery and complexity that lies within it.

It is wonderful to connect with clients who care about contributing dollars to their local economy, see their flowers enjoyed for as long as possible or composted, and to support local farmers in the hard work of stewarding land ecologically and managing a farm with integrity, equity, and inclusion. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience working with us.

We’re still booking events and weddings for 2019, so please reach out to me at molly (@) mollyoliverflowers.com. Check out Molly Oliver Flowers reviews HERE!

 

 

Joys of spring … begin in winter

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This spring, we’ve had the joys of working with some of the region’s most delectable flowers: Anemone, Ranunculus, Helleborus, Sweet Pea, Azalea, Peonies… simply divine and awe inspiring. I find myself emotionally and mentally uplifted by these flowers. I was also an April baby, and feel a kinship with the optimism and hope that spring flowers can embody – especially as an east coaster where winters feel so long, dark, and increasingly late.

All of the flowers mentioned above grow locally; some begin blooming in mid November, and continue right on through May. So if you are planning a fall or winter wedding and want to use local flowers, don’t despair! We’ve developed a detailed sense for what our local flower and foliage farmers are producing in cooler months. You may be in store for some of the most melt-your-heart flowers.

 

 

Thank you, clients of Molly Oliver Flowers!


We’re honored to have received such positive feedback in 2017, and to have had the privilege of supplying and designing thousands of exquisitely grown cut flowers from our immediate region! The beauty we get to behold is truly awesome.

By natural extension, this thanks goes out to our incredibly hard working and talented community of farmers who make it possible for couples to support their immediate communities. These farmers — go HERE to learn more about them — go through so much, so much more than you’d imagine to grow high quality flowers. Farming is as rigorous as a career can be, in all ways – physical, mental, spiritual…And some of our growing friends have undergone incredible hardship of late, due to climate change, natural disasters. The unpredictable weather patterns are incredibly stressful for farmers. In other words, growing flowers isn’t for pansies:) And, it’s amazing when people choose to support them when it’s also possible to have whatever flower you want, at any time of year.

And, by natural extension of this, we give gratitude and thanks to the soil, and all the mystery and complexity that lies within it.

It is wonderful to connect with clients who care about contributing dollars to their local economy, see their flowers enjoyed for as long as possible or composted, and to support local farmers in the hard work of stewarding land ecologically and managing a farm with integrity, equity, and inclusion. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience working with us.

We’re still booking events and weddings for 2018, so please reach out to me at molloliverculver (@) gmail.com. Check out Molly Oliver Flowers reviews HERE!

Molly Oliver Flowers highlighted for American Flowers Week, 6/28-7/4/17!

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Beginning Wednesday June 28th, #slowflorists and #farmerflorists around the country will be celebrating #americanslowflowersweek, a promotional campaign to raise awareness about buying local flowers grown here in the US. I want to thank Ecocult and The Good Trade for shouting out ‘sustainable’ florists in the Brooklyn area, who are working to support local growers, and as an indirect but hopeful result, our local economy and the earth.  If you’re looking for a “slow florist,” here are two great sources:

The first is Ecocult’s roundup of “The Best Sustainable Wedding Florists in NYC.” I had the pleasure of designing flowers for Ecocult founder Alden Wicker’s wedding this past April! We had actually met as a result of Debra Prinzing‘s Slow Flowers gathering in 2014 in Brooklyn. So how about that for coming full circle? If you don’t know Ecocult, you need to! I head there for all kinds of practical info on sustainable fashion, recycling, composting and lots more green living tips!

The Good Trade also came out with a well timed article earlier this week: “5 Sustainable NYC Florists for Showstopping and Ecoconscious Bouquets” – so exciting to see slow flowers making the social media feeds in a big way just in time for Slow Flowers week!

Why “slow” flowers, you might be wondering? There are lots of great reasons… just read back through my Slow Flowers for Valentines Day post for some.

When I began learning how to farm flowers in earnest, in 2008, at 26, I joined a relatively small but incredibly talented contingent of surviving domestic flower growers — flower farms around the country that hadn’t succumbed to the global market forces that allowed cheap flowers to flood the local market and undercut prices. As you might have learned by now, 80% of the flowers we have access to purchase here in the US are imported from countries overseas” in the US, primarily Ecuador and Columbia, but also as far afield as South America, Japan, Vietnam and elsewhere. Of course, that doesn’t make those foreign flowers bad – in fact, they’re quite amazing. One stroll down 28th Street in New York City is a testimony to the incredible skill of flower growers around the world. As a result, the flowers we see in our corner stores, supermarkets and most florist shops have that impeccable (almost too perfect, in IMHO) look to them. They’re nice, but somehow not as transcendent as those fresh garden roses, complete with their intoxicating aroma and thorns that we see in a neighbor’s garden plot or the Brooklyn Botani’s Rose Garden. We don’t know who grew these stems; we often don’t know what conditions workers were in; and we often can’t tell whether those flowers were grown using organic or sustainable methods.

While the US used to have a thriving local flower economy – (yes, even here in New York State, mostly in eastern Long Island and in the surrounding tri-state area), most of us probably do not have a connection to a local flower farmer, much like how the majority of people living in this country are likely unable to afford or purchase fresh food directly from a local farm. Access to fresh, nutritious food has become a luxury. Access to organic food has become even more of a luxury, when farming without synthetic chemicals used to be the norm… And as many have felt the urge to reconnect with soil and our food in our highly industrialized and digitized society, so too have some farmers, florists and conscious consumers begun to work to raise their voices and raise awareness about the option of buying local stems. I began doing events and weddings in 2011, and found a need to offer a locally sourced option to the design world.

 

 

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Mother’s Day on the Brain? How about a Gifting a Floral Arranging Class!?

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Arranging colorful flowers calms the mind and feeds the soul – what better way to detox and de-stress than to arrange flowers amidst a vibrant rooftop farm ecosystem? This Mother’s Day, consider giving the gift of floral arranging…

Join me for a hands-on workshop on September 5, 2017 with your biological mom, your step mom, your best friend who just became a mom…whoever brings that nourishment, protection, love and care into the world! You’ll learn how to source locally grown flowers around NYC and make a basic arrangement at home.

Together, we’ll walk the beautiful Brooklyn Grange Farm and cut some fresh flowers to supplement buckets of gorgeous seasonal blooms sourced from NYC and the surrounding region, review design tips, flower care, and devote the majority of our workshop to enjoying our time arranging!

Each participant will get to take home an arrangement in a vessel provided. Light snacks and libations will be served. Click the link below to reserve your seat(s):

Floral Arranging with Farm-Fresh Blooms

  • Tuesday, September 5, 2017
  • 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Brooklyn Grange Clinton Avenue and Flushing Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205

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See you at Wedding Crashers 3/19!

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I’m very excited to be tabling at this year’s Spring Wedding Crasher’s Fair at 501 Union!

Sunday, March 19th, 11:30am-3:00pm
@ 501 Union, 501 Union St. in Brooklyn (More vendors inside The Green Building, across the street!)

Stop by after (or before) you brunch — I’ll be happy to discuss providing seasonal, sustainable floral design your upcoming wedding or event.

Email me for a $10 discount code, if you plan to attend!

 

‘In the Name of Love’ Valentines Day Collab with Erica Weiner Jewelry…

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Dear friends,

I doubt I’m alone in experiencing a full spectrum of feels when  someone mentions Valentines Day… so my apologies if this email has already rubbed you wrong. Please, read on!

For me, emotions around valentimes range from happy memories of finding my mom’s handmade construction paper cards and tiny piles of foil-wrapped chocolate hearts on the kitchen table…to the secret joy of receiving an obligatory Snoopy Hallmark valentine from my Kindergarten crush Ricky… to an awkward/crankiness felt from roughly age 12 to 20 (and plenty of other years since then) at not having a ‘Valentine’…to a continued irritability at the overly heteronormative capitalization of this mysterious holiday…to the NYC-centric difficulty of finding or a normally-priced meal on February 14th…

…to a current feeling that we need to celebrate and focus on love in all its many forms, as a means of self-preservation in a time when hate feels more powerful and hungry than ever before. Are ya still with me?

While everyone’s love language is different and there are arguably plenty of beautiful ways to show and give love in our daily lives without dropping a cent…

JUST in case you’re on the lookout for a speeeecial gift for your own bad self, your lover, your best friend, your Gma, that cute barista or a special human that you feel extra thankful for….

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This V-Day/Me-Day I’ve teamed up for a second time with one of my own personal platonic loves, friend and Brooklyn-based jeweler Erica Weiner, to help you give the gift of local flowers!

Locally-grown flowers DO grow in February, yes! They are carefully cultivated in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and they’ll be partying down with other nice domestically grown flowers from California this year. Locally grown flower purchases support our growing community of flower farmers (did you know 80% of the flowers you buy are grown abroad?), who treat the earth right!

 Bouquets are available in Mini, Medium and Large and ALL will be a tear-worthy bunch of beauty in the form of
Anemones, Ranunculus, Wax Flower, Garden Roses and more!
Reserve your locally grown flowers for 2/14/17 and get all the details for pick up at EWJ’s Boerum Hill store by clicking below:

>>PRE ORDER YOUR BOUQUET<<
Placing orders by Friday Feb. 10th is preferable, THANK YOU kindly!

What’s more? You’ll also get a credit towards a day-of purchase of EW Jewelry, so if you were planning to buy something shiny for your sweetie, you’ll also take home a gorgeous bouquet of seasonal blooms for free!

HOW ELSE will your purchase improve life, you ask?

We’ll be donating 20% of all purchases to Van Jones’ Love Army, which is working on mediating “messy” conversations between progressives and conservatives. 


I would love nothing more than to wrap you up a bundle of beauty this Valentines, to lift your spirit, raise your vibration, and/or to surprise the socks off your special person!

Feel free to share this message widely,
with all the ones you love:)

This is the last you’ll hear from me, ‘cept on the Gram – promise!
 

BIG hugs to all!!