THE CUTTING GARDEN
Land Acknowledgement: Botanique acknowledges that we are on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish people, specifically the Duwamish Tribe, the first people of Seattle. As a business whose focus is growing, arranging, and teaching about flowers, our ties to the land are immense, obvious and meaningful. Everything we do is based on a relationship with the land, each flower is a gift from the earth. With this gift comes the responsibility to steward well both our Cutting Garden and this region’s land, to learn about it’s history and people, and to stand with the Duwamish Tribe who have been here since time immemorial. We honor the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe for the innumerable gifts we receive daily from this beautiful place we call home.
The Botanique Cutting garden lies at the center of our work and philosophy. In this 800 square foot, backyard, urban garden, just steps outside of our South Seattle studio, we grow many of the flowers we use in our designs. The Cutting Garden gives us an intimate connection with the seasons, and allows us to work with unusual and specialty flowers that are often unavailable in a conventional marketplace, or too delicate to transport. The most fragrant, life-filled, glowing blooms come out of the garden!
The Cutting Garden is also a place of experimentation where we try out new growing techniques and flower varieties. Using organic gardening methods, each year we learn more about small-space and intensive flower growing- and we are passionate about sharing this information so that more people can experience the joys of growing flowers in their own backyards. We open up our Cutting Garden to students during our workshops, both to learn how to grow flowers and to harvest and design with these special blooms. Please sign up for our mailing list to be notified when workshops are announced!
Photo by Mary Pastuh