The UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden provide unique, organically grown flower arrangements and bulk buckets for those interested in “Do It Yourself” events. Our bulk blooms are perfect for people with limited budgets or for flower enthusiasts who want to arrange themselves. If do it yourself is not for you, we can create beautiful arrangements for you. Prices for arrangements depend on size and flower variety. Click here for a list of prices and policies.
Please note: Most of our flowers are only available during our peak growing season, June through October, and varieties are subject to seasonal availability.
Since we are first and foremost an educational farm and not a full-service florist, we have limited time for design and consultation. At this time, we do not offer bridal bouquets, flower crowns, boutonnieres, garlands, etc., but are happy to refer you to organic farmers & florists nearby who can better serve your needs.
If you’d like to make your own arrangements, we offer organic, seasonal blooms and foliage in bulk. Each bucket holds 90-120 stems of a mixture of focal flowers, accent flowers, and greenery, and makes 4 to 5 medium-sized bouquets. We will do our best to accommodate selected colors and flowers, but we are unable to guarantee them.We offer two choices — Custom Color buckets and Farmer's Choice buckets. Custom Color buckets are for those who have a specific color scheme in mind, such as purple, lavender, cream, and white. We will get a sense of your color scheme in our initial conversation, and let you know what flowers might fit your vision. Not all colors are available (e.g., blue is limited), and all flowers are seasonal and subject to nature’s fluctuations. Custom Color buckets cost $75 each.
The other option is the Farmer’s Choice Bucket. These are best for those who are open to a range of colors. We will select colors that look beautiful together, and leave the arranging to you. Farmer's Choice buckets cost $60 each.
You may pick up your buckets on the farm at a designated day and time (sorry, no deliveries).
ArrangementsWe offer centerpieces or custom arrangements for your special event. Prices vary based on size, seasonality, and flower species. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or call (831) 459-3375.
Caring for your flowers
Once you get your flowers home, follow these guidelines to ensure they maintain their quality:
- Change the water every 2-3 days
- Cut ¼” of stem with sharp shears or scissors each time you change the water
- Only use clean vases
- Keep flowers out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources
- If you are arranging for an event the day before, it is best to keep the arrangements in a cool dark place, such as a garage or hallway, until the event.
Training the Next Generation of Organic Flower Producers
The UCSC Farm and Garden training programs include an introduction to cut flower production, bouquet making, and design, with an emphasis on using seasonal blooms. We hope that our graduates will help continue to grow the sustainable, local flower movement.
Read more about locally grown cut flowers in these articles by Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin