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July, 28 2019

Flower Club

Tags: At LoCoFlo, Friends, Nerdy AF

The first rule of Flower Club is: You MUST talk about Flower Club.

But, before you talk about Flower Club, you have to know all about Flower Club.

Former Bloom Battlers Jen and Meredith were gabbing at Open Studio one Spring Wednesday night. They missed the competition of Bloom Battle and wanted a new challenge.

Meredith: "What if LoCoFlo had a 'Chopped' style competition, where we wouldn't know what the flowers were and we would need to include unusual elements in the design!"
Jen: "Ooh, that would be fun. Or like 'Nailed It', where we would try to arrange a complex floral installation."
Meredith: "Yeah, that would be fun!"
Jen: "Yeah!"
Meredith: "Yeah!

Ellen then put her MBA training to use and recognized the customer need.

Ellen (internal monologue): "I bet I could get this floral shop cookin' with a new LoCoFlo event: Flower Club! It would be a fun floral activity night for our flower MVPs and new friends. Wow, I'm really good."

Ellen workshopped the idea with some other Bloom Battlers, Heather and Liz, and, boom, the ideas kept flowing: floral bingo, large group project, speed dating flower edition, flower trivia night... The possibilities, and flower fun, are endless.

If you love flowers you're already a member of the club. Some meetings will be drop-in, some will require registration. All will be awesome. Look for the schedule on our Classes and Events page, social media and our email.

Join Flower Club. You probably won't get punched in the face.

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July, 21 2019

Sat@LoCoFlo: Your Weekend Routine

Tags: Sat@LoCoFlo, At LoCoFlo, Friends

Saturdays at LoCoFlo has become our favorite event. It's the bomb. We get to talk about flowers, show off our weekly local display from the farms and our dope shop, hang out with friends, meet new people, have kid and animal visitors. It's chill. It's different. It's its own thing.

We didn't even plan it. Sat@LoCoFlo grew out of customer demand from the 32nd Street Farmers Market.

When we first moved into our space our entire business was wedding flowers. We were the florist to over 100 weddings a year! The studio was perfect for us: we built a big cooler, we had lots of space to design, storage for everything. We didn't give much thought to the market down the street each Saturday morning.

With our bay doors open, wrapping the wedding bouquets and packing up the van with centerpieces, we started getting market-goers peering in. Then a few questions. Then some people hanging out. Ellen, with her MBA training, recognized the opportunity: we should sell flowers out of the shop.

Genius!

Today, we are doing less than half the wedding work we used to and Saturday mornings are our jam. Now we have dozens of regulars who make visiting LoCoFlo part of their Saturday routine.

What is it?

Sat@LoCoFlo is our weekly flower hang out. Bring your Blacksauce. Build a bouquet. Design an arrangement. Pick up your PickUp. Every Saturday 8:00AM-12:00PM the shop is open to buy local flowers.

How it Works

Just drop in. We're only a half-block from the farmers market. We display all of our flowers. You can pick them out by the stem or we can make a bouquet for you. We also have a design table set up. Chat with our knowledgeable team about the varieties, the farms and design. It's the place to be.

Hope to see you there!

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April, 19 2019

Flower 911

Tags: Friends, Hilarious, Open Studio

What happens when our customer gives us the wrong date for their event? If they call during Open Studio looking for their flowers, we're on the mofo (to paraphrase Jules Winnfield).

Ellen calmly assured the customer over the phone we would make it to their event in time for them to present their awardees with flowers - then she hit the panic button. (The event had already begun!)

Bloom Battlers Chris Vaeth and Heather Zampier, along with LoCoFlo designer Jess, answered the bell. Chris was on-site for his wedding consultation, Heather is a regular at Open Studio (it's her mid-week, self-prescribed therapy), and Jess was working on the LoCoFlo mural.

Heather dropped a handful of stock, Jess slid off her ladder, Chris said "my wedding plans can wait, it's flower time!" (minor blog hyperbole). Ellen directed her impromptu, pro-am, all-star team to crank out three spectacular presentation centerpieces in a flash.

Eric revved up the LoCoRoll, and was on his way. A LoCoFlo miracle!

And that was the day Heather and Chris became local flower folk heroes.

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December, 27 2018

2019 LoCoFlo BookClub

Tags: BookClub, Friends, At LoCoFlo, Nerdy AF

The LoCoFlo Book Club is getting extra nerdy in 2019 with a Darwin add-on. As always, the book club is super casual - just drop in. Meetings take place on Monday nights (dates below) at 7pm at our studio You can see more info on our Book Club facebook page. We’re always looking for more folks to join in the fun!

  • February 25 2019 Unsheltered, Barbara Kingsolver
  • April 22 2019 American Eden, Victoria Johnson
  • June 24 2019 The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben and Mike Grady
  • August 19 2019 The Reason for Flowers, Stephen Buchmann and Jonathan Yen
  • October 21 2019 A Beautiful Question, Frank Wilczek
  • December 9 2019 Darwin Comes to Town Menno Schilthuizen and Chris Nayak

Since Darwin has been a frequent subject in many of the books we've read over the past six years, we are finally going to tackle On the Origin of Species. This is an optional add-on to the scheduled readings. At the end of every meeting we'll discuss a few chapters of Darwin with the goal of finishing in December of 2019.


Our homie Charlie

Darwin add-on schedule (seriously):

  • February 25 2019 Intro and Chapters 1 and 2
  • April 22 2019 Chapters 3 and 4
  • June 24 2019 Chapters 5, 6 and 7
  • August 19 2019 Chapters 8 and 9
  • October 21 2019 Chapters 10, 11, 12
  • December 9 2019 Chapters 13 and 14

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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

(Update: Oh yeah, we have a mural now.)

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April, 27 2018

Open Studio - Your Wednesday Night Get-A-Away

Tags: Open Studio, Friends, At LoCoFlo

“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.

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, At LoCoFlo

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, At LoCoFlo, 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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