Flower Magazine

SEP-OCT 2018

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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B UCKETS OVERFLOWING with dahlias—bursts of color ranging from palest blush to bronzed peach to deepest plum—attract the first swarm of shoppers to the flower booth. Some of the early-rising farmers market visitors just want a vibrant bouquet for the kitchen table, but there's also a bride on her way to elope, holding an armful of the dahlia variety known as 'Café au Lait,' and an aspiring floral designer who has spied a cache of voluptuous old-fashioned garden roses along with willowy cosmos and a heap of lush trailing vines. Everyone is struck by the sheer abundance. Flowers like these, grown sustainably by Mandy and Steve O'Shea on their North Georgia land known as 3 Porch Farm, aren't easy to find. For nearly a decade, the husband-and-wife team have shed blood, sweat, and tears working the land and slowly building a business of their dreams. Two businesses, actually: 3 Porch Farm (named for the original house on their property with a front porch, back porch, and sleeping porch) produces naturally grown flowers and fruit using only solar power and biofueled farm vehicles, and Moonflower, their floral design studio, does weddings, styled shoots, and other special events using seasonal botanicals that the duo grow or forage themselves. Their organic aesthetic and romantic heirloom blooms have garnered praise from Martha Stewart Weddings and The New York Times, but perhaps more meaningful to the O'Sheas is their loyal fan base, including the folks who seek out their fresh-cut stems and foraged branches each Saturday at one of three markets—Freedom Farmers Market in Atlanta; the Athens Farmers Market, where one might spy artist and designer Susan Hable queuing to buy poppies; and the Marietta Square Farmers Market—as well as event clients and wholesale buyers. "We've discovered that there isn't a palette someone S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 | 79

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