Mas­ter Gar­den­ers visit Honey­bee Flower Farm

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COR­DOVA — Step­ping onto Honey­bee Flower Farm in Cor­dova, you are im­me­di­ately trans­ported into a sea of vary­ing shades of yarrow that flow from pink to white in­ter­min­gling with green moun­tain mint, pink cone flow­ers, blue bach­e­lor’s but­ton, Asi­atic lilies, and black and yel­low black-eyed Su­sans as far as the eye can see. As rows and rows of flow­ers, shrubs and trees in­ter­twine, owner Car­rie Jen­nings de­scribes how each plant has a pur­pose on the farm and its pur­pose when de­sign­ing ar­range­ments for her clients or for the Eas­ton Farm­ers Mar­ket.

The Queen Anne’s and Tal­bot County Mas­ter Gar­den­ers vis­ited Honey­bee Flower Farm on June 22.

Long be­fore the start of Honey­bee Flower Farm, Jen­nings was in the land­scape in­dus­try. Dur­ing this time, she de­vel­oped a pas­sion for cre­at­ing gar­den land­scapes and habi­tats. While work­ing full time for the Mary­land Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture at the Soil Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict in Queen Anne’s County for the past 17 years, Jen­nings dream of run­ning a cut flower farm came to fruition in 2012, when she and her hus­band Chris built a home and de­vel­oped the 5-acre prop­erty into what is now Honey­bee Flower Farm.

Through­out this six-year pe­riod, Jen­nings has been work­ing full time and run­ning her part-time busi­ness, which caters to sev­eral full-ser­vice events ev­ery year, of­fer­ing cut flow­ers for wed­dings, din­ner par­ties and spe­cial events. As the years have gone by, the farm has evolved with the ad­di­tion of a hoop house that helps Jen­nings get an early start to the sea- son and a walk-in re­frig­er­a­tor that helps pre­serve flow­ers un­til they can get to the mar­ket.

Like any small busi­ness owner knows, tak­ing the leap from a dream into real­ity can be a bit un­nerv­ing. Jen­nings said “her pas­sion to cre­ate her own vi­sion of beauty” helped drive her, whether that in­cludes de­sign­ing her land­scape or bou­quets for the Eas­ton Farm­ers Mar­ket, she does it all. As Jen­nings tran­si­tions into the next part of her ca­reer, she said she’s “fo­cused on spend­ing more time cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful ar­range­ments for her clients.”

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about Queen Anne’s County Mas­ter Gardner pro­grams, call or email the Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion Queen Anne’s County Mas­ter Gar­dener Co­or­di­na­tor, Rachel Rhodes, at 410-758-0166 or rjrhodes@umd.edu or visit www. face­book.com/QueenAn­nesCoun tyMasterGar­den­ers.

PHOTOS BY RACHEL RHODES

Mas­ter Gar­den­ers from Queen Anne’s and Tal­bot coun­ties visit Honey­bee Flower Farm in Cor­dova on June 22.

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