Dave Dowling grew cut flowers in Montgomery County, MD for 20 years. With field, high tunnel, and greenhouse production, Farmhouse Flowers & Plants produced cut flowers year round.
Most of the flowers raised were sold at area farmers markets, including two year round markets in the Washington, DC area. Direct sales to retail florists and Whole Foods rounded out the marking channels used selling hundreds of thousands of cut flowers each year. Flowers were sold direct to florists from Baltimore to Washington, DC through Capital Flower Growers, LLC, a cooperative formed with two other flower growers in 2013.
Dave has experience building and maintaining high tunnels and greenhouses for cut flower production.
Early in 2014, Dave closed his cut flower business and began working for Ednie Flower Bulb, which is now a division of Fred C Gloeckner & Co. He keeps busy as sales rep and advisor to cut flower growers across North America with small to medium sized farms. Dave also works on marketing, promotions,
and new cut flower products at Ednie/Gloeckner.
Dave served as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG) from 2002 through 2004, and served as President from 2006 to 2009, and again from 2016 to 2018. He was the ASCFG Industry Liaison from 2014-2015, Dave was the chairperson of the ASCFG National Conference held in Lancaster, PA in 2005.
Dave’s online course Advanced Flower Farming School Online will be offered once a year beginning January 6, 2020. Lisa’s online course Flower Farming School Online begins November 4. Registration is ONLY open October 1-10, 2019.