Bouquets are back and they’re cooler than ever, thanks to a new crop of florist-farmers turning us all green with envy, one Instagram pic at a time.
Take Erin Benzakein of Floret, located in Washington’s bucolic Skagit Valley, whose Instagram feed makes me want to drop everything I’m doing, throw on my wellies and start dividing dahlia tubers pronto. Or Sarah Ryhanen, of Brooklyn-based Saipua, who makes wild, meandering bouquets out of weeds, pods and the blackest ranunculus I’ve ever seen.
But, you don’t have to quit your day job to start cultivating your inner gardener (or farmer or florist). All you need is a place to call your own. Whether a shed, a garage or simply a nook off the kitchen or mudroom, it’s a space to dream, to decorate, to plot and plan your garden—a place where you can let your creativity run free and where making a mess is just fine.
Start with the essentials: good lighting, a generous sink and tall faucet for washing large containers and plenty of storage for keeping everything neat and organized. If you want to go big, this piece provides lots of concealed storage, while open shelves and glass doors let you show off your vases.
A good surface for potting and making arrangements is a must, and this metal table will only get better with age. The shelf below offers even more storage while you work.
Eddie Ross, Style Director