“I grow flowers for special moments and to make moments special,” says Heather Griffiths, whose love for local agriculture and growing communities inspired her to create the Utah Cut Flower Farm Association. The organization promotes local and sustainable flower growers as well as Utah’s slow flower movement. Whether you’re grabbing blooms or seeds to grow your own, Griffiths reminds us why buying local is the right choice.

Freshness

The short time it takes for local flowers to get from the farm to your table means they’ll stay fresh longer than grocery store bouquets.

Seasonality 

Choosing local flowers means better variety and hardiness. “When you embrace seasonality, the quality of your flowers is above and beyond,” Griffiths says. 

Local Love

Supporting your local flower farms makes a positive impact on your community.

Heather Griffiths, Local Flowers, Wasatch Blooms
Heather Griffiths is President of the Utah Cut Flower Farm Association, which supports local, sustainable flower growers. Photo by Rose Torres.

Environment

Flowers grown locally and organically use fewer resources, generate less trash and support a healthy ecosystem where they’re grown.

Connection

“When someone gets an arrangement of flowers grown just fifty miles from where they were born and raised, those flowers create a sense of connection and a sense of place,” Griffiths explains.

Where to Buy Local Flowers

To ensure you’re buying a slow flower arrangement, ask where the bouquet comes from, how it’s grown and who grew it. Contact your local farm to find, pick up or pick out blooms. Here are some local growers throughout Utah:

Calluna Flower Farm, West Haven, available at Farmers Market Ogden, workshops, DIY

Chateau Monette Flower Farm, Payson, available at Spanish Fork Farmer’s Market, Park City Farmer’s Market, wholesale

Cherry Petals Flower Farm, Kaysville, available at local farmer’s markets, Bowman’s Market

Flourish Flower Market, Brigham City, @flourishflowermarket, available through delivery

Paisley Flower Farm, Wellsville, available at Island Market in Logan

Paradise Valley Orchard, Paradise, available at pop-up shops, DIY, workshops

Red Brick Flower Co, American Fork, available online via Instagram and Facebook

Sego Lily Flower Farm, South Jordan, available at Daybreak Farmer’s Market, delivery, DIY

SLC Top Crops, SLC, available at Liberty Park Market, Salt Lake City Downtown Market

Sweet Pea Farm And Orchard, Parowan, available at local farmer’s markets, on-site, DIY

Three Sprouts Flower Farm, Farmington, available through business subscriptions and direct orders

USU Small Farms, Logan, email melanie.stock@usu.edu to purchase

Wasatch Blooms, SLC, wholesale to florists

White Cottage Flower Farm, Hyrum, available through direct sales

Find more floral inspiration here.