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It’s that wonderful, confusing time of year in Denver, when colors start to pop and snow persists, and on sunny days you can walk down the street to your neighborhood flower garden — or mobile flower truck — and pick out a handful of blooms.
Starting in time for Mother’s Day and continuing throughout the spring and summer, I like to make morning or afternoon outings to these flower pick-ups, throwing in a walk and coffee and maybe brunch for good measure.
Here are three neighborhood flower growers and designers for all of your custom bouquet or daily bunch needs.
Pickletown Flower Co. has a permanent shop downtown as well as a mobile truck offering neighborhood pop-ups and street-side sales at coffee shops. Owner Jessica Sparzak creates bouquets with a mix of fresh and dried flowers and greenery, so you can fill your vase with everlasting art long after the blooms have faded. Sparzak also sells shower bundles with fragrant eucalyptus, and builds custom floral installations for homes and businesses. 1801 Blake St. plus regular truck pop-ups, pickle.town
Rowdy Poppy is the floral design business of Colorado master gardener Kim Zimmerman, who grows the stems she arranges on her own “micro-farm” in the heart of Denver. Zimmerman started hosting weekly sidewalk sales with seasonal bunches during the pandemic, and you can still find stems and starts outside her home on Saturday mornings. Or order special arrangements direct over the website. Saturday morning sales at 31st Avenue and Gaylord Street (check for dates at rowdypoppy.com)
Bombus Botanics is close to my heart as a neighbor in Capitol Hill, where I can walk over on nice evenings to find an honor-system sale and chat with owner and farmer Chris Saenz. She came to vegetable farming and flower growing by way of a career in environmental law. Now, visiting her flower stand regularly is a lesson in Colorado seasonality. Prior to this spring season, my last purchase from Saenz was a small dried floral wreath that I hung over the holidays and leave up year-round — at least until I replace it with another. Join Bombus’ summer flower CSA or watch for announcements of sales and new products at bombusbotanics.com.
For more local flower growers and their retail outlets, check out coloradoflowercollective.com.
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