“…In the dooryard fronting an old farm-house near the white-wash’d palings,
Stands the lilac-bush tall-growing with heart-shaped leaves of rich green,
With many a pointed blossom rising delicate, with the perfume strong I love,
With every leaf a miracle—and from this bush in the dooryard,
With delicate-color’d blossoms and heart-shaped leaves of rich green,
A sprig with its flower I break…”
Walt Whitman from When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d
Love flowers? Me too! Nothing quite gets my boat to float as when the daffodils first push their little green noses up each Spring. Or when I cut the first iris and its fragrance fills a room. Or when the zinnias are all up and about, swaying in the summer breeze, delighting bee and hummingbird alike, as well as me.
The folks at Indigo Iris Farms have taken their passion for flowers and the joy they bring and turned it into a business. “We are devoted to cultivating joy and beauty in people’s lives through specialty fresh cut flowers. Our love of nature, sustainability and stewardship of the land for the next generation are rooted in our farming practices. We desire to restore health to our land and encourage a balanced ecosystem. ” (from their website) The small farm is located near Clover close to the North Carolina/South Carolina border. Its farm stand is open on Saturdays from 9 am – 12 noon during the summer when they sell fresh floral bouquets and arrangements. Visitors can also schedule You-Pick times where they are allowed in the gardens to pick their own bouquets. These flowers are sold by the jar, pitcher, bucket, or stem (for specialty types like sunflowers). They also conduct special events like floral arranging and indigo-dying workshops, allow private photo sessions among the flower as well as sell their flowers to floral designers.
On August 27, 2022, from 2 pm – 4 pm, Indigo Iris Farm will host a Fundamentals of Flower Design & Farm Tour:
Two floral designers from Heritage Flower Company will teach the fundamentals of creating lovely floral arrangements. They’ll help participants understand the basics of flower care (ie: did you know you should trim the leaves from stems before submerging them in water or bacteria can grow?), provide guidance on planning and designing different types of arrangements, and give little tips and tricks to help attendees become more proficient at flower arranging. Participants will design an arrangement using farm-fresh flowers from Indigo Iris Farm and take the arrangement home with them! All materials will be provided. Light refreshments will be provided. This workshop will be conducted in an air-conditioned space. Afterward, you can stay and enjoy a tour of Indigo Iris Farm. The cost of the workshop (including a floral arrangement to take home) is $60. Register here.
On September 17, 2022, from 9 am – 12 noon, the Farm will host a Dried Flower Bar:
Just in time for Fall and autumn holidays! Learn how to make your own dried flower arrangements with dried florals and premium preserved grasses. A designer who specializes in dried flowers will be onsite to answer questions and help you design your own custom arrangement. There will be a wide range of colors and neutrals to choose from. Bring your own vessel if you like. No registration is required. Just arrive between 9 am and noon. The Dried Flower Bar will be in the Farm Stand at Indigo Iris Farm. More here.
Indigo Iris Farm
524 Ridge Road | Clover, SC
Open Saturdays from 9 am – 12 noon (seasonal) and by appointment at 803-630-8228.