Ok, so I am Emily (over there in the blue) and I own and operate Wood Violet. I am a tree hugger and taco lover (I mean, who isn't?!) I started a flower farm quite a few years back, and then one thing led to another, and I opened up this flower shop sort of thing. That's right I grow my own flowers.... well, some of them. I used to grow more but now I do so many weddings that I don't have the time. So I buy most of them these days. Usually from other local growers but sometimes from the wholesale shop like a regular florist.

Most of the time we work on wedding stuff but we like to deliver birthday flowers and the like if our schedule permits. We also love doing flowers for baby showers and other events. And we've been know to do a photo shoot or two. So who is this 'we' that I keep talking about. As my business grew I hired some people to help me. Mostly friends and family, sometimes my husband but he doesn't usually get paid :) I know that people say it's a mistake but I don't know where I would be without these guys.

And I know most of you are getting bored but if you're not, read on. There is info down there on local growers, how I try to keep things earth friendly, and what type of seasonal services I offer.

 

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And here is the team.  From left to right:

Jenna: Does lots of delivery and set up on wedding days. Chances are pretty good that if you don't see me, you will see her. We do Art in Bloom together every year, sometimes our instrgram posts come from her, and she shows up after work to help me finish bridesmaid bouquets.

Anastasia: This girl is in charge of the boutonniere department. Oh boy, does she ever make some cute bouts! . She is getting her graduate degree in do-goodery so she is eventually going to phase herself out. But she is my second cousin in law, once removed so I know you will see her around on big wedding weekends for may years to come.

Emily: You already know who I am.

Emma: I am not even sure where to start with this one. She keeps me company, reminds me to eat lunch, makes corsages, ties up garlands, sticks around until the work is done. It's pretty great having a girl like this on your side. She is also skilled in the art of setting out centerpieces and lighting candles.

Jen: She is the reason the shop stays organized. She cleans up and puts things away (the right way) every week. She if also pretty great at packing up all of the flowers for delivery. Every week we are like "how did she get all of this in here?!" She is also about to graduate and move on to the real world. But she is my sister in law so I know she won't abandon me.

 

eco-friendly floral design

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flower sourcing

We like to keep it green around here. So what does that mean? We use tons of locally grown flowers every year. There are quite a few professional flower farms in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Some are smaller than an acre and some are 10 acres or more. Some are certified organic and some grow with sustainability in mind, using conventional methods on a limited basis. On any given week I might buy flowers from 2-10 different farms to fulfill my orders. We will supplement these lovely Wisconsin grown products with flowers and foliage from other parts of the country, usually the west coast or Florida. Sometimes Canada. Most of the flowers sold in this country come from overseas and the vast majority are from South America (even in the summer!!). Why is this a problem? Aside from the carbon footprint associated with the shipping (yeah, I know California is far away too) there are some serious environmental and human rights issues with many of the flower farms in that part of the world. They're not all bad but I would rather support US farmers and the local economy.

supplies we use

We try our darnedest to use products that are better for the environment. Anything from glass vases made in Ohio to natural silk ribbon that is hand-dyed in Washington. But most of those fancier containers are made over seas so we reuse them as many times as possible. It saves you money and it keeps stuff out of the landfill. One thing that we will never-ever use is that green flower foam. That stuff is not biodegradable and it contains formaldehyde. Gross!

compost

Compost. We compost all of our floral scraps and waste. You would be surprised by how much garbage a flower shop can generate. We throw it all in the compost. If we clean up your event at the end of the night, we will carefully sort through and make sure we compost what we can. It takes a little longer but I sleep better at night.

 
 

services and products

We do lots of stuff besides just weddings, though the weddings do account for about 80% of our business. Here is the thing, we love flowers and nature and people. So we do what we can to make people happy with flowers.

 
 
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Deliveries

We love to make bouquets for birthdays, anniversaries, or no reason at all. But we do not always have time for a same day delivery or weekend deliveries. If you give us a few days notice, that is great! Send us some details and we will get in touch about scheduling and payment. During flower holidays we'll have an online store to help make things easy for all of us.

We have a $50 minimum purchase for delivery, before delivery fees and sales tax. Delivery rates range by area, averaging $10-15. 

 
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workshops

We also love to teach workshops. usually in the fall and winter when there are less weddings. But sometimes in the spring and summer when flowers are abundant.

 
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flower csa

During the summer (june-september) we offer a flower subscription service. We call it a csa (community supported agriculture) because it is all locally grown flowers. You can pick it up or choose to have it delivered every other week. Perfect for you home or business. or maybe you like to drop off flowers for friends or family.