Local garden writer and friend Valerie Easton recently interviewed Melissa for an article in the Seattle Times about what farmer florists in the Skagit Valley, Snoqualmie Valley, and Whidbey Island were excited to plant and use in bouquets for the 2015 season.
What’s more useful in bouquets than a fluffy green filler flower? Brown grows ‘Pride of Gibraltar’ cerinthe for just this purpose, describing it as “prolific and long-lasting.” Add snowy ‘Bridal Veil’ nigella and the dark-leafed ‘Black Prince’ snapdragon with velvety crimson blooms, and soon enough Brown will be filling her new acreage with a stunning mass of foliage and flower.
The coolest part of the article is that unknown to us, Val also interviewed two of our farmer florist friends for the same piece. Diane up in the Skagit at Jello Mold Farm is a new, dear friend and also helps to run the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market cooperative in Georgetown.
The other venerable flower farmer and florist Val interviewed is Katherine of Marigold and Mint. Both Melissa and Ben worked for Katherine a few years ago at her farm in the Snoqualmie Valley.