Merry Christmas!

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I so enjoyed our two Christmas Workshops this year! Many lovely ladies and even a gent, balmy weather, lots of Christmasy greens, and a few sweet treats combined for good times and good memories. I’m always amazed at the kindness and talent of our guests! There are many more pictures of the Centerpiece Workshop because Erin Dalton returned to East TN just in time to be photographer – thank you Erin!  So, here’s a glimpse into Christmas frolicking at the Doan Farm.

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Centerpiece Workshop

So, thanks to each of you for sharing your day and your talents with us! A very special thanks to Katie and Kristin for helping in more ways than you can imagine!

 Finally, Roy and I  wish a blessed and Merry Christmas to all our flower friends!

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Daytime TriCities and Workshop

Hope everyone had a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving. Posting tonight to let folk know I’ll be on Daytime TriCities tomorrow (Monday, Dec 7th) at 10:00 a.m.

Also, the Dec., 12, Centerpiece Workshop filled to overflowing quickly. Thank you all for supporting local!  It’s been a few years since we’ve done Christmas workshops and I’m excited to be back at it. There are still spots available in tomorrow’s (Monday’s) Un-Wreath Workshop at 1 p.m. if anyone’s free and interested. For more details click here, but since it’s so last minute, just send an e-mail to auntwillies@gmail.com  if you’re able to come.

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And finally here’s a wreath I made today from and old iron wheel with wooden spokes. This wins the heaviest ever wreath award. I intended to take to DayTime but then realized it wasn’t going anywhere. At any rate, it’s always fun to make something out of the all the good “stuff” we have on the farm. I think it looks like it kinda belongs on the old woodshed.

SOLD OUT – Centerpiece Workshop Sat. Dec 12, 1-3:30 p.m. $55

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We’ll have lots of cedar, fir, pine, berries, feathers, nuts, grasses, pine cones, dried flowers and whatever else might look festive joining your Christmas table at our second Christmas workshop.  Pepperminty refreshments, gentle guidance, and all materials complete with candles will be provided, but if you have something special you’d like to add please bring along. As time and materials permit participants can make a second festive something-or-other for wall or table.  Cost of the workshop is $55 that must be prepaid. Workshop limited to 12 participants and must have 5 to run.

E-mail Linda at auntwillies@gmail.com to check availability. For registration info click here

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Un-Wreath Workshop, Mon Dec 7th 1-4ish p.m. $45

 

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Come join us and create 2-3 non-traditional Christmas pieces as time allows. Katie and I began by foraging the farm and then settled in to make mobiles, swags, and wreaths with attitudes (pictured below). Weather permitting, we’ll begin foraging at 1 p.m. then after several demos the fun will begin. $45 fee include all supplies and pepperminty refreshments. No experience necessary. Fee must be prepaid. Class limited to 10 participants. Minimum of 5 for workshop to run.

E-mail Linda at auntwillies@gmail.com to check availability. For registration info click here

We will also have a centerpiece workshop Sat., Dec 12 that I will hopefully post later today.

 

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Last Fall Weddings

“just like you picked them from the garden” for Breanna

Wedding season is over for us so thought I’d share the fun we had in October. Our brides this season were delightful young women (all 43 of them :) and it was an honor to be a part of their special days. Enjoy these pics!

And so many thanks to Katie Cachiaras, Casey Ross, Kristin Waite, and Beth Hill for being a part of our wedding team when they were able! Many hands make a bit lighter brighter work!

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lots of suns for Lydia

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cool blues for Victoria

bright and bold for Kelley

bright and bold for Kelley

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Amanda’s wild and free

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blue thistle and flax for Meredith's Scottish wedding

blue thistle and flax for Meredith’s Scottish wedding

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cafe au lait dahlias for Chelsea, our last October bride

Many blessings sent to our young couples beginning married life together!

One workshop note. We had to cancel our pumpkin workshop as half of our attendees were coming from North Carolina the same day as hurricane Joaquin :) Weren’t able to reschedule because of weddings. We may add a holiday workshop, not sure yet.

Pumpkin Workshop, Friday, Oct 2, 2-5 p.m. and Daytime TriCities

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Well, here’s the link to the Daytime segment Monday.  This one was really fun for me. They’re good folk over there. Click on the link to view – I know there’s a better way to do this but couldn’t figure it out :)

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The segment explained the workshop but here’s a few more pics of pumpkin workshops of the past. There are just 3 spots remaining, so e-mail auntwillies@gmail.com to check availability if you’re interested. You can also go to the website events page if you click here

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another version

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Aunt Willie’s Cream Cheese Pumpkin Cookies

And finally, I never posted Teapot pictures so here’s one from our August workshop!

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Fun creative ladies and a fun workshop!

 

September Weddings and Daytime TriCities this morning, Monday

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Prairie bouquet for Kiki modeled by our own Erin Dalton

As usual, I haven’t done well posting weddings so thought I’d play a bit of catch up by posting just the September brides’ bouquets.  Busy month with very sweet brides!!  Also, I’m on Daytime TriCities this morning, Monday,  at 10:00 a.m.

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Mindy’s Jewel tones

 

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Sunflowers for Alayna

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Cool purples for Jillian

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soft pinks for Leigh Ann

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and finally, wild whites for Kelly

Teapots and a Hand Tied Bouquet – Sunday, Aug 23, 4-7 p.m.

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Believe it or not, we’ve been to England this summer and so it’s only right that we host another tea party! Participants will choose from a collection of tea pots then create a centerpiece suitable for royalty. I’ll create a demo teapot arrangement from start to finish and then guide you as you create your own with plenty of beautiful blooms and foliage to choose from. With the flower leftovers from the teapots, we’ll create hand tied bouquets and then we’ll dine on a light supper that will very much resemble High Tea.  After enjoying working one-on-one with two well known British designers, The GardenGate Flower Co. and Blue Carrot,  we’re trying a smaller workshop size with more opportunity for individualized teaching and interaction so teapots is limited to 3-5 participants.  I’m excited to pass along some of the things I learned from these great designers. Fee is $150 and includes instruction in compote design (teapot) and hand tied bouquet making, all materials and flowers, and refreshments. Email Linda at auntwillies@gmail.com or text or call 423-367-0361 to check availability. Workshop must be prepaid. Come join us for a jolly good time!!

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And 28 weddings down – 12 to go!

Dahlias by the Dozens, this Thurs evening, Aug 13, 6:30 p.m. $50

We have soooo many dahlias and no wedding this weekend so time for a cutting party. Meet at the Homeplace at 6:30 p.m. and choose your favorites (we have 700 dahlias to choose from). We’ll meet at the dahlia bed and talk a bit about dahlias then get started cutting. Anyone not in a hurry is welcome to stick around for a mini farm tour and even cut a little bit more of whatever is blooming. Bring nippers if you have them, but we’ll have plenty. Please text or call 423-367-0361 to check availability or e-mail auntwillies@gmail.com. Limit 8 participants. Enjoy these pics from last year.
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We’re featured in “Field to Vase” !!

Field to Vase is a national organization doing its best to spread the good word about local flower growers and the importance of choosing local sustainable products. We were honored and pleased to be featured in their “grower spotlight” yesterday. Here’s the article. Thanks to Erin Dalton for taking some of these pictures! Please click in to some of the bullets at the end of the article and see some of what Field to Vase and others have to offer.  Thank you, thank you Field to Vase!!

GROWER SPOTLIGHT | AUNT WILLIE’S WILDFLOWERS

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015 | Linda and Roy Doan of Aunt Willie’s Wildflowers grow on beautiful Tennessee farm land gently handed down through six generations. They began growing and selling flowers for the Kingsport Farmer’s Market then added design workshops on the farm taking advantage of their old farm houses/buildings. The Homeplace was built in 1870 and Aunt Willie’s brick bungalow in 1939 and both are wonderful houses to share with flower folk. When it comes to wedding flowers, “getting to be a part of such a special day in a young life is a responsibility and privilege I take very seriously. I think what we’ve learned through it all is that life is still about relationships and flowers have happily allowed us to foster lifelong relationships with folk we might not otherwise have known whether whether that be customers or farm kids working with us. And I still marvel at each perfect and imperfect flower after all the hard work is done!” Be sure to check out our other Grower Spotlight stories and find a flower farmer near you in our Grower Directory!

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Grower Spotlight | Aunt Willie’s Wildflowers

What flowers do you specialize in?
This is the first year we have not sold at market but rather just weddings and events and that has slightly altered our plantings. Instead of buckets of market-hardy dianthus and sunflowers, we now grow many bouquet feature flowers such as peonies, lisianthus, hydrangea, and dahlias, fillers of bupleurum, gooseneck, sweet peas, and ammi, and accents and trailers such as clematis, apple mint, tiny zinnias, and feverfew. We still grow over 70 varieties but many in smaller quantities. 

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How long have you been a flower farmer?
About ten years ago, after my husband Roy mowed the hay on our 200 acre family farm I would cut field flowers and put them in tupperware pitchers in the shade before I ran the tedder. I arranged them and took them to church and friends. Our neighbor suggested we try selling them. Sooo, we put a little stand out along the roadside at Aunt Willie’s house with a sign and a money tin. No one bought any of our flowers but someone stole our wooden stand! We decided it might be safer to try a farmers’ market and that was the beginning. We made $38 the first day and we were hooked! We then joined ASCFG and learned all we could about what and how to grow.

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What is your favorite flower or plant to grow? Why?
I’m afraid I’m usually in love with whatever’s bloomin’ now, but dahlias are such proud and sassy girls they’re hard not to love the most. On the smaller side, sweet peas kinda steal my heart with the first very first scented bloom every spring.

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AUNT WILLIE’S WILDFLOWERS
Linda Doan
Retail Grower
farm address: 385 Bruce Doan Road // Blountville, Tennessee 37617
website: www.auntwillieswildflowers.com
email: auntwillies@gmail.com
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