DIY Flowers - Bucketfuls of 'Growers Mix of Flowers'
If you want to do-it-all yourself- DIY: you'll be interested in our flowers by the bucketful. They are available as mixed flowers @$80 or by color @$95. We make every effort to supply a wonderful mix of our locally grown flowers for you to work with. Design and consulting are not included in this DIY option. $50/hour is available, but never necessary. Call Susan with questions or special needs.
Details: These flowers are grower's choice. The buckets include 70 + stems, always a lovely mixture of flowers; a fine combination of focal flowers, filler and line flowers. Specific color requests (and April-May & October- November flowers) are $95 per bucket. Greenery only buckets are always $80.
Mixed Dahlia only buckets will be available August - October 1 @$95 each. This is the only flower we sell this way.
-Specific varieties may be ordered by a standard 10 stem bunch: these would include hydrangea, peony, sunflower, Lisianthus, viburnum, tulip, ranunculus, anemone, dahlia and lilac.
Personal Flower Designs plus DIY buckets for the reception:
We design the personal flowers and the family orders buckets of flowers to make the centerpieces. We do this all the time.
http://www.shady-grove-gardens.com/DIY-workshop - Do-it-Yourself - we help 'Flower Arranging Party'
-Flowers listed by color and weeks available throughout the season
Blog posts of many of our DIY Brides
Frequently Asked Questions - Flowers by the Bucketful
- How do I get started placing an
Start by listing all your designs and plan
an average number of stems you need.
Plan the number of buckets and colors
as well and greenery. Fill out the order
form or call Susan. Make sure to plan a
pick up time and mail the 1/2 deposit
check to get your order placed. -The
order form is at the bottom of this
document. You can copy and paste it or
request a copy..
• How many stems? and what is in a
We start with at least 7 bunches, which
means ~70 stems. We make every effort
to offer a pleasing mix of bright 'garden
flowers'. The bucket will include filler,
focal and line flowers for arranging.
All our best flowers go to our wedding clients. We have flower availability
bar charts listing flowers by color, and the weeks they are generally
available. See our website.
• Why should I order your locally grown buckets of flowers instead of
from a big company?
Not only do we offer a unique mix of lovely garden and wildflowers. We
promise they will be perfectly fresh, and well hydrated. You don't need to
learn flowers to order from us. You can order a mix or by specific color. We
work very hard to make you happy and your day perfect. Our flowers offer
your the unique local feel of the mountains. You will not get this anywhere
• How many Quart mason jars will one bucket make?
It depends on the fullness of your arrangement. But we usually say 5 mason
jars with a regular mouth jar opening. For bud vases, it's best to practice with
a few flowers. Don't forget to plan your greenery if you are using some.
• I really want a professional to design my Bridal Bouquet, do I need
another florist? No, Susan can design beautiful bouquets for you Call for a
consult. (we like to keep the over-all minimum @$250 including any
buckets you order)
• How long will they last? Down in water, in a cool spot, these flowers will
last 4-10 days, depending on the variety. We find wilting occurs when they
are put in the sun or out of water. Most of these 'garden wildflowers' do not
like to be in floral foam. Plan to arrange in vases of water.
• When can I pick up the buckets of flowers?
Anytime you need them. Most brides pick up on Thursday or Friday. All
pickups are 9AM- 6PM. (we make occasional pickups on Saturday, these are
most often for Sunday weddings)
• How far are you from Boone?
We are 10 miles from downtown Boone, straight out Hwy. 421 north.
Please see the map and address on our website.
• How many vases will they make?
Impossible to say, all vases are different and many brides use numerous
sizes. My suggestion is to practice a bit. This will also give you a feel for
how much time to allow for arranging.
• What do I need to arrange the flowers?
Helpers, plenty of space, funnel, pitcher, strong
garden clippers!! Someone to strip the leaves, to
keep them out of the water, gloves, time, something
to transport the vases in, such as a boxes with
packing materials. Remember we have curvy roads.
• How do I care for the arranged flowers?
All flowers use the most water the first 24 hours.
Arranged or not, check your water levels, spread
out the flowers and fill the vases up. Store them in a cool spot whenever
possible. Like all flowers, wind and sun will make them wilt. Do not let the
photographer lay them out in the sun.
• Where is the best place to keep them, I don't have a cooler? An airconditioned
room, without the air directly on the flowers. Out of the sun and
heat. Not in a hot car, an open pickup, or a beer cooler. NO Food/drink
coolers- it's too easy to damage your flowers there.!
• Who should I send to pick the flowers up? Anyone with plenty of room in
their car. This is when SUV's come in handy. I often meet Moms and Dads.
Make sure to check the water level when you get to where you are going.
The pickup person is usually in charge of final payments as well as the cash
• Is there greenery in the buckets?
No, not unless you request it. We use mostly non-traditional evergreen type
greenery. You can order a $80 bucket of just greenery. We sell some items by
the bunch too. Make sure to tell us if you want dark leaf, lime or silver leaf
• I need specific colors, how does that work?
You may order any color or colors you need as long as we grow it. These
buckets are $95 each. This allows us the time to choose, maybe even plant,
just the right flowers and colors for your wedding. We welcome color
swatches or photos of the colors you want.
• Why are the April- May & October - November mixed buckets $95?
Many of these seasonal flowers are grown in our greenhouse requiring
months of extra care. This is labor intensive. These buckets often include
special spring bulbs such as tulips, anemones and ranunculus. The higher
price also allows us to order flowers if the weather does not co-operate or we
are short on your colors.
• What if I need more flowers?
We often have other flowers cut on Friday. You
can shop from any that aren't promised, straight
out of our cooler. We sell these by the bunch.
Bring extra, clean buckets. (our main flower
farm in not here at the cooler, so we are unable
to go pick for you last minute)
• I feel like I need a consult.
If you don't see the answers here or elsewhere on our website call me @
828-297-4098. Otherwise, a standard sit-down consult will be $50/hour if
we are not designing flower arrangements for you.
• How does it work with the bucket deposit?
We charge a refundable $5 cash deposit for each of our buckets. They should
be returned within a week or two; clean and not broken of course. We return
to you all of the deposit. Please understand we can not put this on a credit
card without charging a usage fee. Another $10. Otherwise, we are losing
money on this service. Plan on this separate cash expense/deposit.
• Can I just bring my own buckets?
Yes, of course. Bring 2-3 gallon CLEAN buckets. Wastepaper baskets work
too. The dollar store usually has some cheap ones. I repeat, clean buckets
that hold water. Your flowers will last so much longer.... so no ash buckets,
tar buckets, concrete buckets or horse buckets. Plan to bring a few extra
buckets. We will spread them out for you.
I think I want some roses or a few more traditional flowers, maybe
We will be happy to order what ever you need. There are some basic
minimums. Orders are by the bunch. 5-10-25 stems.
• How do I order?
Send via mail or email the order form, plus a check for 1/2 the expected
amount make sure the Brides name and date are on both. To insure you get
on our calendar for your color needs, ASAP . Your are not on the calendar
until we received your deposit.
• What is the deposit to order flowers?
For buckets or designs it is 1/2 of the expected total. For buckets only, the
remaining may be paid on the day of pickup.
Cash, credit card - no out of state checks, the day
• Do you take credit cards?
We do. We prefer checks for the deposit and
credit cards for the balance. Cash is welcome
• How do I place an order for buckets of
You can call, e-mail or download the order form below. Please fill out this
simple form, listing your contact information, dates, names and flower order.
We try to keep it simple. All correspondence requires the Brides name and
wedding date, especially mailed checks from your Dad.
• Can I wait to order a few weeks from the wedding?
Not a good idea, sometimes we have a very big wedding order to fill. We
hate to say no. (since we are growers the earlier the better, we can plant just
for your wedding)
• Wow, I didn't realize there was so much to it. Can I really make this
Yes, just plan plenty of time and space, get that manicure afterward. Grab
someone with an artist flare and don't forget to cut down/up the taller
flowers to fit into your vases or jars.
• Other things to consider?
Plan your pickup time to allow several hours to put together your flower
arrangements. Storage, transport to the venue, transport after the wedding,
setting up in wind or sun? No hot cars, or too cold coolers. Order a few extra
stems for back ups. Practice ahead of time.
- If this seems like too much, we can arrange the flowers for you. The minimum for a la carte design work is $250 and can include buckets of flowers. Otherwise the bucket minimum is 1 bucket.
Flower Sales and Pickup:
904 Will Isaacs Rd. Zionville 28698
904 Will Isaacs Rd. Zionville 28698