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July, 27 2018

Art at the Shop

Tags: Friends, So Local

We love local art and artists. Many of our designers are graduates of art school - mostly MICA including current designer, farmer and aquatic artist Jess Rowe. We’ve commissioned paintings, purchased paintings, even painted some graphics on our walls. Our art represent our values, challenge our industry, establish identity, inspire our visitors, provide income, express our gratitude and more.

Here are some the paintings and other art we have collected over the years, the stories behind them, and artists who provided the work.

Matt Muirhead (https://www.instagram.com/mattmuirheadartist)

We met Matt when he modeled for our flower beard photoshoot. When Matt had an exhibit at the Creative Alliance featuring paintings of massive flower bouquets overwhelming Baltimore city buildings, we commissioned two of this theme for beloved long-time employees who moved on from us - Carling who continues to work for us from her home in Michigan and Irene who opened Dylan’s Oyster Cellar with her husband.

Matt also painted an image of our shop on top of a Robert Furber botanical print which was commissioned as a birthday gift for Ellen.

Annie Howe (http://www.anniehowepapercuts.com/)

Lucky Ellen was the recipient of more art for another birthday. Ellen’s thoughtful husband approached Annie with a request for a floral papercut. Annie made this fantastic and intricate design which depicts varieties grouped by season.

We were so pleased with the papercut, we had Momentum Printing make t-shirts and hoodies with the image.

Barbara Wolfe (comeonbarbragetawebsite)

Barbara is our friend who is an artist, musician, hobo, flower peddler, and floral designer among other vocations. We met Barbara through Locust Point Flowers at the 32nd Street Saturday farmer’s market down the street from our shop. She designed for us for a while, delivered weddings, and one day- just like dust in the wind - she was gone.

Barbara re-appeared in our lives as she was preparing for a show at Alchemy of Art in Fells Point. She used our flowers as the object of some of her paintings including the one we bought for the shop.

Graphics on our Walls

Our interpretation of Rage, the Flower Thrower by Banksy.

If you are not familiar with street art, Banksy is among the most famous graffiti artists. One of his more well-know stencils is a protester throwing a bouquet of flowers. We altered the image by wrapping the bouquet in burlap to support burlap freedom and our flower friends who were threatened with legal action for using burlap.

Our Shepard Fairey - via Barbara Kruger - inspired LOCAL graphic.

Another street artist, Fairey’s ubiquitous OBEY stickers gave us the idea for LOCAL. This fair use graphic has also been a popular t-shirt for us, The flower icon comes from the Noun Project. The rest was rudimentary Photoshop skills.

Come by the shop to check out the art (and flowers) in person! Saturdays 8:00AM-12:00Noon or Wednesdays 4:00PM-8:00PM

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April, 27 2018

Open Studio - Your Wednesday Night Get-A-Away

Tags: Open Studio, Friends, Routine

“Aren’t you the flower shop that is never open?”

That’s not the response we are hoping for when meeting someone new, but we hear it.

We’re not a retail shop. Most of our work is for events, classes, subscriptions and deliveries. So, we get it.

But, come on, we’re open anytime for orders or appointments. Plus, we’ve got Sat@LoCoFlo where you can get your flower fix every Saturday 8:00AM-12:00PM. Stop over during the 32nd Street Farmers Market.

Still jones'n for more local flowers? We got you.

Open Studio is now every Wednesday 4:00PM-8:00PM. Plus we’ve teamed up with Remington Wine who is offering a 15% discount for your drinks and snacks on your way over.

What is it?

Open Studio is a self-directed flower design event. It’s super casual. Bring a vase or buy one from us. We have the flowers, the corkscrew, and everything else you need for a magical evening of floral enchantment.

Come solo for some alone time with flowers, or bring friends for a unique social outing. (Please give us a heads up for groups of more than four so we can prep.)

How it works

Just drop in. We sell flowers by the stem. You pick them out. Make an arrangement as big as you want. Designers will be available for critique and advice.

Open Studio is a great mid-week get-away. Practice what you learn at our classes, prep for Bloom Battle, make your weekly arrangement, de-stress, so many possibilities. The flowers will change each week so you can make something different every time.

So, yeah, we are not never open. Saturday mornings and Wednesday nights. Totally make sense.

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February, 14 2018

Meet A Customer: Forrest (Valentine's Edition)

Tags: Friends, Hilarious

How long have you been a customer?

I wouldn’t call myself a customer, but I am a regular. My crib is next to the shop. I’ve been coming to LoCoFlo for as long as I can remember.

Oh, so you’re a neighbor?

Yeah, LoCoFlo is the best smelling place around. Plus, they’ve got some sick talent. I have a little somethin’ somethin’ going on with a girl who works there.

Really? That sounds juicy.

Yeah. But we’re keeping it on the down low. She’s got an old man.

Scandalous! How did this start?

It was all Stacy. The first time I trotted into the shop, I wasn’t there more than a few seconds before the squealing started. She picked me up and kissed me before we were even properly introduced.

She picked you up?

Yeah. I only weigh 8 pounds.

Because of your breed?

Well, I’m small for my breed. But, can you blame her? I’m adorable. Everywhere I go ladies faun over me. Dudes too. But Stacy is my main babe. She gives the best belly rubs. Don’t tell Liz.

Who is Liz?

That’s my old lady,

You dog!

You know it. Representin’ all the Doodles.

So, Rover Romeo, what do you have planned for Valentine’s Day?

If I could get on the internet, I would order flowers from LoCoFlo’s website. They have special arrangements for Valentine’s Day, plus gift certificates, The Flower PickUp, and Gift Baskets.

What about their Open Studio on Sunday February 11 10-2?

Yeah, I’ll probably stop over. Open Studio is always the shizzle. But, I need to be careful - I’ve got a lot of ladies in the hood. I don’t need the drama.

Really.

Yeah. Look, I gotta bounce. I’m meeting my homie, Larry.

What are you guys up to?

You don’t want to know.

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November, 17 2017

2018 LoCoFlo BookClub

Tags: BookClub, Friends, Nerdy AF, Routine

2018 will mark the 5th year of the LoCoFlo Book Club! We are a drop in book club that reads books that loosely focus on the natural world. We have read fiction, non-fiction and poetry in past years. Our meetings take place on Monday nights (dates below) at 7pm at our studio in Charles Village (3100 Brentwood Ave Baltimore 21218). All meetings are drop-in so no need to RSVP. You can see more info on our Book Club facebook page. We’re always looking for more folks to join in the fun!

  • February 5 2018 Sea of Poppies Amitav Ghosh
  • April 9 2018 The Nature Fix Florence Williams
  • June 18 2018 A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir Donald Worster
  • August 20 2018 The Orchid Thief Susan Orlean
  • October 29 2018 The Book that Changed America Randall Fuller
  • December 10 2018 The Unsettlers Mark Sundeen

Mark your calendars and start reading!

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July, 31 2017

Baltimore In Bloom

Tags: Friends, Farmers, So Local

Last weekend we were thrilled to host Dave Dowling, President of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers and Mimo Davis of Urban Buds: City Grown Flowers in St. Louis Missouri for a whirlwind tour of flower farming in and around Baltimore.

We’re so proud of our Baltimore flower farming community and we were excited to introduce Baltimore to our out of town guests.

We started at the Sunday market to visit Elisa Lane of Two Boots Farm. Elisa started farming in Baltimore City when she co-founded Whitelock Community Farm in the Reservoir Hill. She and her husband now farm in Hampstead, Maryland. Each year she grows more and more flowers (because it’s addictive!)

Next we headed over to Ananda Growers. Jen and Abhi are first year growers growing in East Baltimore in the shadow of Dr. King’s image. In addition to Ananda Growers, Jen also runs a youth farming program called Common Ground Youth Farming as part of her OSI Fellowship.

Next, we traveled a few blocks east to visit Walker at Tha Flower Factory. A big sunny half acre in the middle of East Baltimore, Tha Flower Factory is in it’s 2nd year of growing. Watch for big things from this urban farm.

Next we headed north to Hillen Homestead. Maya has been growing flowers in Baltimore City for five years. With two sites, she is the biggest producer of flowers in the city.

At her original plot on Hillen Road, we checked out a plethora of gorgeous blooms including lisianthus, zinnias, love in a puff, snaps and amazing dahlias!

After a quick stop at the Crown gas station for a snack (Turkey Hill lemonade and chips for everyone…just call me…the hostess with the mostest”) we drove 45 miles west to visit our friends at PlantMasters. Mimo was especially excited to see Leon and Carol Carrier’s farm because of all of the ways the extend the season for sales in early spring and late fall/winter. Their new hoophouse is filled with gorgeous Cafe Au Lait dahlias.

Of course, we couldn’t be touring around without Bob Wollam getting in on the action. It was pretty great to see these two flower friends reunited.

Our last stop on the tour was Endless Row Farm, owned by Leon and Carol’s son Lee. The name is so fitting! This farm is so beautiful! It reminded us all of the wide rows at Mel Heath’s farm.

As we headed back to Butterbee Farm for dinner, my heart was so full. I’m beyond grateful to be part of this amazing flower farming community. From teeny tiny first year farms, to farms that have been producing local blooms for over 30 years, all of these growers play a crucial role in making the Mid-Atlantic such a special place for growing flowers.

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February, 01 2017

2017 LoCoFlo BookClub

Tags: BookClub, Nerdy AF, Routine, Friends

“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”
Oscar Wilde

Local Color Flowers hosts a super fun, totally dorky Book Club! All are welcome! The meeting is drop-in so no need to RSVP…just read and come on by. All meetings are held at our studio located at 3100 Brentwood Ave. Baltimore MD 21218 and take place from 7pm - 9pm.

Here is the 2017 list of books to read and dates for the meetings:

  • February 6, 2017 Jayber Crow, Wendell Berry
  • April 10, 2017 Tulipmania, Mike Dash
  • June 19, 2017 Walden, Henry David Thoreau
  • August 21 2017 Paradise Lot, Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates
  • October 23 2017 Urban Forests, Jill Jonnes
  • December 11 2017 Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Van

Learn more on our Bookclub Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/locoflobookclub

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November, 19 2016

Getting Smart and Sciencey at the Flo

Tags: Farmers, Friends, Nerdy AF

Spent some time this week with amazing Chris Wien, Emeritus Faculty member at Cornell who continues to do valuable cut flower research in his retirement. Flowers growers in our region cheered a few years ago when this giant in the cut flower world decided to make Annapolis his new home after leaving Ithaca.

This week, the designers and I got to contribute our experience with lisianthus to be included in his research on spacing, stem production and bloom time. We also got to here all about the creation of the black pear pepper and it’s journey to market beginning at the USDA research lab in Beltsville.

We’re so grateful to be part of this weird, wonderful flower growing community!

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