Frequently Asked Questions - Flowers by the Bucketful
• How do I get started placing an order?
Start by listing all your designs and plan an average number of stems you want per arrangement. Plan the number of buckets and colors as well as greenery. Fill out the
online inquiry form. Make sure to plan a pick up time.
Your deposit and balance can be paid online.
• How many stems? and what is in a bucket?
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 charts, listing flowers by
color, and the weeks they are generally available. See
our availability pages:
These pages show you most all the flowers we are working from in a given week.
• Why should I order your locally grown buckets of flowers instead of from a big company?
We are professional flower farmers. 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 may order a mix or by specific colors. We work very hard to make your day perfect. Our flowers offer you the unique style and feel of the
mountains. You will not get this anywhere else. Plus you are supporting a local business.
• How many Quart mason jars will one bucket make?
It depends on the fullness of your arrangement. But we usually say 7 mason jars with a regular mouth jar opening & some greenery. For bud vases, it's best to practice with
a few flowers. Don't forget to include 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)
•Is there a minimum number of buckets I need to order? No, just one full bucket of any type. Please order by full buckets. You can say, 1/2 blue and 1/2 white, for example.
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 or shortly before
• 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. You should receive a email reminder to schedule the pickup 10 days before the wedding.
How far are you from Boone?
We are 10 miles from downtown Boone, straight out Hwy. 421 north.
Please see the google map and address on this 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, gloves, time, something to transport the vases in, such as boxes with packing materials. Remember, we have curvy roads. And plan plenty of room in that car.
• 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. Do not expect the flowers to look
perfect after an hour of early photos. Maybe plan on a
2nd Bridal Bouquet if you are doing lots of photos beforehand during summer weather.
• Where is the best place to keep them, I don't have a cooler? An air-conditioned 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.
•Please relay the directions, and our phone number. We have everyone stop at the traffic cone at the end of our drive where the cooler is. Calling for us to help load up is necessary.
Again, it’s so much easier to load the flowers if there are not 6
relatives sharing the vehicle.
• Is there greenery in the buckets?
No, not unless you request it. We use mostly non-traditional evergreen type greenery, with some eucalyptus. You can order a $90 bucket of just greenery. We sell some items by
the bunch too. Make sure to tell us if you are particular about the color of your foliage. These will require strong garden clippers.
• I want specific colors, how does that work?
You may order any color or colors you need as long as we grow it. These buckets are $120 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 only mixed buckets available in mid-April-mid May?
This is early spring for us. And while we have many spring flowers they are grown in our greenhouse requiring months of extra care. Added labor and less variety.
These buckets often include speciality 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?
This is only occasionally possible and more so with greenery. (our main flower farm in not here at the cooler, so we are
unable to cut for you last minute) You'll want to order extras least 2 days before your pickup.
• 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. You will receive an email offering to schedule a brief consult after you enter an inquiry.
• We now provide buckets with your order, we do welcome their return.
I think I want some roses or a few more traditional flowers, maybe a garland?
We will be happy to order what ever you need. There are some minimums. Flower orders are by the bunch. 5-10-25 stems.
• How do I order DIY Flowers ?
Start by filling the DIY inquiry form. Here
How soon do I need to order?
To insure you get on our calendar for your color needs, ASAP You’re are not on the calendar until we received your deposit.
• What is the deposit to order flowers?
For buckets or floral designs it is 1/2 of the expected total.
• Do you take credit cards?
We do. Checks are welcome too.
• Can I wait to order a few weeks from the wedding?
Not a good idea, sometimes we have big wedding or florist orders to fill. We hate to say no. (since we are growers, the earlier the better, we may plant just for your wedding)
• Do you have anything very simple, maybe a Package I can order?
Yes, we now have a package of bouquets and personal flowers that includes
one mixed flower bucket and one greenery bucket. You can also add to the basic package. www.shady-grove-gardens.com/wedding_package.html
• Wow, I didn't realize there was so much to it. Can I really make this work?
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
• Other things to consider?
Plan your pickup time to allow several hours to put together your flower arrangements. Plan Storage and 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 flowers for you.
Keep the flowers cool, and down in the water especially after transport. Check the water level upon arrival and again after 24 hours.
Fill your vases up so they don’t run out of water after you arrange them.
Funnels, towels pitchers, and clippers are all very handy!
This page has a map to Shady Grove Gardens
Thanks for you interest. Susan and Brent