Last week I introduced you to three creative women in our neighbourhood and today I'm happy to tell you about another phenomenal woman hard at work in the community of Parkdale. Sarah Nixon has been getting her hands dirty in backyards and front yards throughout our neighbourhood for about three years now (prior to her move to this side of the city she toiled in the gardens of Leslieville). Her organic flower farm business known as My Luscious Backyard uses local gardens to produce the most beautiful and rare flowers Toronto has to offer and has been written up in The Globe and Mail, Treehugger and The Toronto Star.
About ten years ago Sarah had the idea to turn her own backyard into an organic flower farm and sell the flowers for profit. As the demand for locally grown, organic flowers grew so did her need for more backyards. Sarah decided to approach her neighbours and eventually strangers and offered up a free, well tended garden in exchange for a place to harvest her flowers all pesticide and chemically free.
This summer Sarah will be cultivating seven different gardens in Parkdale. She will need that many gardens to fulfill all of the opportunities that have arisen. This year Sarah's flowers will be available in the following locations:
- you can order a weekly or bi-weekly bouquet directly from My Luscious Backyard to your home or work. In the spring, you will get flowers like peonies, scented garden roses and foxgloves and come summer you will receive many rare or uncommon varieties of flowers that you would be hard pressed to find at a conventional florist. Weekly deliveries start at $40 a week.
- Starting in July you will be able to buy ready-made bouquets of Sarah's flowers at select Rowe Farm locations.
- You will also see some of Sarah's flowers popping up at Alison Westlake's store Coriander Girl in Parkdale.
- Finally, if you have a wedding or event planned for the fall you can contact My Luscious Backyard directly and set up an appointment to speak to Sarah.
I'm hoping that one day in the not too far future that I can convince Sarah to share a few of her gardening and flower arranging tips with us on this blog. She is so passionate about what she does - I know we could learn a lot from her!
Image credits: 1- Aaron Harris 2-5 - Sarah Nixon