The Gardener's Workshop
Easy Cut-Flower Gardening from Seed
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– April 7, 2021
Ellen’s passion for using local flowers is contagious and teaching style is so engaging. She provides so many real life examples from her own business experience that illustrate the concepts she presents. Her business model of supporting local businesses and community engagement with her “flower people” is awe inspiring to me.
Ellen’s course provides the knowledge and tools to “be an expert” in your florist/farmer/farmer florist business. I am a micro flower farmer specializing in dahlias and heirloom flower varieties- and I gained so much knowledge about the floral industry. I am drilling down on “who my flower people are” and how I can be the floral expert they turn to for quality flowers, thank you Ellen!
– March 27, 2021
Ellen’s course was incredibly valuable to me as a specialty cut flower grower. Ellen has deep expertise in the flower industry as a whole, and she has a uniquely important role as someone in the local flower world. I was able to take her curriculum and start building relationships with designers, florists and wholesalers in a way that worked for all of us. I’m so happy that I invested in myself and my business by participating in this course.
– March 23, 2021
This course was very helpful to me as a third-year micro flower-farmer who is trying to figure out how to transition into a farmer-florist role and eventually a florist who grows “some” and also sources 100% locally grown flowers. I’m sure I will continue to refer to the materials and references of this course for years to come. I have been inspired by Ellen and her knowledge of the rich history of the flower industry in the United States and hope to use my business to grow the sense of community where I live, just as Ellen has. Her passion for this work is contagious. One of my favorite parts of the online classes offered by The Gardener’s Workshop farm is the community of like-minded folks I have met. The FB groups continue to be a valuable resource of knowledge and inspiration to me, and there is no price tag on that. Community is everything!
– March 21, 2021
This was a terrific course, taught by a very experienced, knowledgeable and passionate instructor. There was so much content and ideas packed into this course and the weekly Q&A sessions were the icing on the cake. Ellen has given me so much to think about as well as practical ideas to put into practice. Highly recommended!
– March 18, 2021
I highly recommend Ellen’s class to florists. As a true believer in the benefits of local flower sourcing, I came to this course expecting to learn from the master – and I was not disappointed. Ellen is both knowledgeable and relatable, and her course was paced perfectly for me to learn, set goals, and feel progress. I left the course with a renewed sense of pride in my work and the rich traditions it honors, and I met a community of florists and growers who share my passion for supporting local. Well worth the investment!
– March 4, 2021
I learned so much from Ellen and found her style and interactive teaching style very welcoming. She has helped us pivot our design studio to local blooms and given us the confidence to believe that the work we do is valuable and the blooms worth purchasing. I am really grateful for all
the nuts and bolts work she shared about pricing and logistics and sharing the story! Very helpful. I shed a tear when it was over and look forward to continuing to learn from her and others in the course. Thanks so much!
– March 1, 2021
Ellen is a very thoughtful and knowledgeable instructor (and even visionary) in the movement to grow and sell local flowers. As a second year flower farmer, I feel that about half of the course content was applicable to me now, but will likely benefit more as I grow my business and reflect back on Ellen’s insights. I highly recommend Ellen’s course for florists and farmer florists. And I look forward to staying connected with Ellen and my newfound peers.
Monday – Thursday 10am to 4pm
The Gardener’s Workshop
P.O. Box 2987
Newport News, VA 23609
Toll Free: 1-888-977-7159