I am available for online presentations. I have a one hour presentation that talks about my journey as a flower farmer and a dahlia grower. I share some background information about my flower farming business and how I got started with dahlias. I share a seasonal overview of growing dahlias. I discuss growing dahlias from seed, cuttings, and tubers. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further.
I am offering virtual education classes throughout the year. When they are available, they will appear at the bottom of this page. They are usually on Saturdays and start at 2:00p.m. EST. These online classes will feature my flower farming experiences during the last 6 years. I am a NC Forsyth County master gardener volunteer. I am also a member of the American Dahlia Society and my local chapter Carolinas Dahlia Society.
I started flower farming in 2015 with four 100-foot rows and going to a small local farmer’s market. In 2016, I increased the cut flower field to forty 100-foot rows and changed to selling cut flowers to 9 local florists. In 2020, I also sold to a flower wholesaler as I was growing over 4800 dahlias and over 100 varieties. I delivered 500 to 1000 dahlias a week to the flower wholesaler. In 2021, I am growing 2625 dahlias, 200 dahlia cuttings, and 2000 dahlias from seed.
In the Growing Cut Flowers for Profit class, I will talk about what I found I needed to start my flower farming business. I will go over preparing the soil, silage tarps, weed management, stakes/netting, drip irrigation, flowers I sold, harvesting/conditioning flowers, and selling options.
In the Growing Dahlias class, I will talk about preparing the soil, planting, stakes/netting, drip irrigation, dahlia care/tips, dahlia forms, digging and dividing, and winter storage.
In the Growing Dahlias for Florists/Wholesaler, I will discuss my florist/wholesale van setup, delivery techniques, harvesting/conditioning dahlias, dahlia care/tips, pricing, and dahlia varieties to grow for the florist/wholesaler. I will briefly go over planting, stakes/netting, and drip irrigation.
After the 90 minute presentation, I can answer your questions in this face to face meeting. I will email you a handout after the class with a summary of the class and where to purchase any products mentioned.
I have limited the class to 16 people to keep the meeting small. I hope you can join me! Please make sure you give me your email address as I will be emailing you the handout after the class. I would suggest you sign up for Zoom before the meeting. If you can, please sign into the meeting about 5 minutes before the class starts at 2:00 p.m. EST.
Zoom is an easy to use online video platform and you can sign up for free. You need to have internet connection or be able to use your phone.
I may add more gardening classes in the future. Thank you, Paula Fisher.