Meet the former WFSB host who allows you to pick flowers from her City campus

Owning a flower garden has always been a dream come true for Julie Harrison, a lifelong resident and a small business owner in West Sufield.

Her farm, now known as the Willow View Farm, is 36 acres[1321 sq m]on 1321 Sheldon Street in West Suffield, one of the oldest houses in Suffield. A.D. Purchased by the Harrison family in 2008 and connected to Connecticut’s largest Pio (select your own) flower farm for more than a decade.

Choose your own flower garden Julie Harrison, owner of Willow Farm in West Sufffield, Connie.

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“I knew I wanted to grow flowers right after we bought the farm,” says a graduate of Connecticut University with a degree in horticulture and landscape design.

“I started growing some flowers, making arrangements, and placing them on a small table by the side of the road,” she said. They were sold almost immediately.

Within a few months, Harrison realized the potential for expansion of her farm and business. She and her husband now renovate their cottage to become a retail space and work room.

As Harrison grows in popularity with in-house productions, she says she wants to reach a wider audience. “I talked to the producer of the best Connecticut (at WFSB) and suggested that I teach people about gardening.

Her position is accepted. “They called me for an interview and I clicked,” Harrison recalls. I did the show for six years and was known as the “Gardener Friend” on a weekly basis.

She covered topics on how to properly plant a tree and how to grow vegetables in containers on the porch. “I really wanted to show people that gardening is accessible to everyone. You don’t have to have a big farm to grow beautiful flowers; She said.

Harrison continues to grow flowers and businesses. She also provides services such as full floral designs for weddings and workshops, in addition to a retail store and a flower garden for yoga classes.

Harrison and his daughter will also be posted on Saturday morning (2 High Street, Suffield) at the Suffield Farmers Market, where they host the Pio Flower Bar. “You can choose your own trunks and we will help you design your own trunk. It’s very popular, ”Harrison said.

Of the two daughters (Ele, 10, and Anna, 4), Ele was the most interested in my mother’s business. “She goes to the farmers’ market with me and prepares customers,” Harrison said. Even at a young age, she was clearly interested in flowers and floral design and everyone loved it.

Returning to the field, Harrison said she did not count how many flowers she had in her garden. “There are so many. There are currently more than 1,000 dahlias planted in color, ”she said at the end of August.

Cosmos, celosia, sunflowers, thin dragons, zenia, clomi, erectum, mahogany splendor, lemon balm, sage and basil are just a few more to name.

Harrison says she looks after a private garden where she can grow “special flowers” ​​or use them for custom arrangements. From time to time, she puts some “special beauties” in the store for her customers to buy.

Some of the most beautiful dahlias (called dinner plates) can grow up to 8 ዲያሜትር ዲያሜትር in diameter. They’re all cute, but my favorite is the Peach Ni Cream, ”Harrison said.

“Another big part of our farm is growing using organic methods. It is easy to grow flowers with pesticides and commercial fertilizers. It takes a lot more effort to grow the way we work, but it is better for our environment and for us. That’s why I do it. ”

Harrison said she has big plans for business and property in the future. Growing lots of flowers is always on her list and an old garage can be renovated to the airport.

The property is open from late April to Christmas Eve. In early spring she sells daffodils, then she sells Easter decorations and tulips. The “Pro” field will begin in late June and will be strong until the first snow. By the end of the harvest, Harrison will be making holiday arrangements. Her retail store is open until Christmas Eve.

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