About the Farm
Years ago in my first job I worked in a large bedding plant greenhouse. It didn't take much, I was hooked. I couldn't get past the amazing smell of warm peat moss, the warm air, the plants. I attended Olds College, taking Production Horticulture. It was was more than I imagined. I was intrigued, drawn in. I didn't know how or where to put this dream into action. I was young and in need of growing experience, so I took a job at a large nursery growing perennials and trees. I worked there and at one other large nursery before retiring to be a stay at home mom.
Willow Lane Flower Farm is situated at the East end of Lacombe County, AB just outside the hamlet of Mirror. We are a small 12 acre farm divided into our personal yard, pasture, hay field and with about 2 acres of cultivated land devoted to growing flowers and vegetables. We are adding a retail bedding plant greenhouse this fall and will be open for retail sales in May 2018.
We sell bedding plants (annuals and perennials) and veggie starts in the spring, pre-picked strawberries in the summer and garlic in the fall.
Fast forward a number of years and we finally have the property that is large enough to have a small chicken coop with chickens, the grass for the kids to play and fields that were empty. Fields that are large enough that it felt a waste to leave them empty, but not large enough for traditional grain farming practices. For years we wondered about those fields, but my greenhouse dream was still dormant, waiting to grow. In the fall of 2015 that dream started to grow again and we put many things into place to start Willow Lane Flower Farm in Spring, 2016.
We started our 2016 season with a cut flower farm and spent the time cutting our many beautiful blooms and taking them door to door to florists hoping they might see the beauty that we saw. It was scary, nerve wracking. Now in 2018 we are diversifying and taking our farm in a little bit of a different direction. Our retail greenhouse will be open for greenhouse sales in May of 2018.