Meet Lisa Ziegler, a home gardener turned cut-flower grower who began growing field-grown cut flowers in 1998 on less than one acre in Newport News, Virginia.
I was totally inspired by her lecture form The Garden Symposium in Williamsburg, VA.
In 2010 Lisa’s garden grew into a farm, now close to 4 acres. During the growing season this farm yields 8,000 – 10,000 stems each week. Her flowers are sold to up-scale florists, at farmers markets and through her programs, “Friday Flowers Garden Share” and “Subscription Drop-off” that are in their 9th year.
Lisa shares her knowledge and passion for gardening through programs. Her audiences have included flower and gardening show guests, radio listeners, garden clubs, master gardeners, horticulture groups, civic growers, commercial growers and others.
In 2005 Lisa launched a mail-order catalog business, “The Gardener’s Workshop,” offering gardening and flower arranging tools and supplies she uses in her own garden and cut-flower operation. Lisa’s programs incorporate her simple methods of gardening that inspire and delight.
Lisa’s book, Cool Flowers, tells how to grow hardy annuals and shares her firsthand experiences for growing such flowers as Snapdragons, Sweet Peas, Bells of Ireland and many others.
Once you learn that “it’s all about timing” your garden will never be without these beauties again.