Master Gardeners visit Honeybee Flower Farm
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 email@example.com or visit www. facebook.com/QueenAnnesCoun tyMasterGardeners.
Master Gardeners from Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties visit Honeybee Flower Farm in Cordova on June 22.