Category : Tubers

Reap (Most of) What You Sow by Sowing Seeds Indoors

Sowing seeds indoors provides an opportunity for beginners and seasoned gardeners alike to create a lush garden that features all manner of heirloom blooms absent from the local nursery. Think of it as an equal opportunity, low-cost endeavor (once you’ve made the first year’s investment of grow lights and heat mats if needed) that provides… Read more

You Can Take It with You

Flowers have been aligned with fashion for centuries in many cultures, from bright Indian saris, Japanese kimonos, to Boho and Grecian headdresses or stylized a la Frida Kahlo. Flowers adorned during rituals represent powerful symbols of our deepest traditions and rites of passage—from birth to marriage to death, and to all matters of the heart… Read more

Brand Positioning: It’s Not Easy Being Green

Positioning a company correctly makes it distinctive and helps provide a detailed roadmap for growth. However, though earlier in my career, I helped position some of the world’s best-known companies and products, I am equally like the shoemaker’s child who always goes barefoot. When the time came to position my brand, I was at a… Read more

Erin Benzakein Sniffs Out Delicate Treasures

First in a series about the power of flowers and the memories they evoke… Ever wonder why those flowers you got at the grocery store the other day smell like the paper they were wrapped in? Yea, so did Erin Benzakein. She runs Floret Flower Farm in the Skagit Valley, a rural haven in the… Read more

Photo by Manuel

I Get My Freakebana On

Photo by Manuel It is getting pretty ugly in here. Or is it ugly-pretty? I refer, of course, to Freakebana (pronounced “free-ke-ba-na”), the ultra-trendy, a-mug-only-a-mother-could-love take on arranging whatever you like. Stella Bugbee, the brilliant editor in chief of The Cut, coined the term. Freakebana is the Instagram-strong, and sometimes gallery-featured, art created by mixing… Read more

Welcome to My Dahlia Bulb Moment

As is the case with many startups, an adventurous dose of passion ignited Bear Creek Farm. Quite simply I fell in love with my husband, I fell in love with dahlias, and soon we had a farm. This happened very quickly, after my florist friend informed me that the Hudson Valley was too far to… Read more

Photo by Lalla Essaydi

How We Broke the Mold

Photo-by-Lalla-Essaydi When it comes to conventional farming wisdom on ways to remove mold, the word “crazy” springs to mind. That is how I felt the first year that I grew dahlias, when a horrendous mold hit and I lost half my crop. I was completely devastated, and I frantically began searching for a solution within… Read more

NY Magazine Names Bear Creek Farm the Absolute Best Flowers

NY Magazine's annual "Best of NY" issue (March 2017) cites Bear Creek Farm's dahlias as the flowers to buy in New York for their outstanding beauty, color, and long-lasting capability in the vase. Read more

The Season Begins at Bear Creek Farm: Getting Ready to Plant

The last few weeks have been busy ones at Bear Creek Farm. The tractor has been a godsend, and has already been earning its rather exorbitant keep. In the past week or so, we’ve prepared the soil for the 2016 dahlia crop and removed the tubers we stored last fall from the root cellar. Most… Read more

Dahlias, The New Roses

I wonder… If orange is the new black, and navy was once said to be the new black, why can’t dahlias be the new roses? Who says everything has to come up roses? Who decided that roses are the ultimate expression of love? Frankly, love is the last thing anyone would think of when pricked… Read more