The Inaugural Flower Festival was a Hit!

Held on August 24, 2019, the BFM event showcased the region’s rich, floral abundance.

Although customers may typically think of “flower season” being in spring, there are still many local flowers blooming toward the end of summer and into fall. In fact, late August and early September is peak dahlia season. Other flowers in bloom are sunflower, goldenrod, daisy, rudbeckia, lilies, aster, bee balm, and hyssop.

Edible nasturtiums from Pollen Folly Farm.

In Bloom-

Vendors displayed the “In Bloom Featured Vendor” cards, identifying them as vendors who use local flowers in their products. In addition, vendors highlighted edible flowers in items such as baked goods, teas, and drinks. Flowers were also featured on crafts such as ceramic cups, hats, note cards, paintings and more.

One of the Festival’s highlights was a flower bouquet contest. Entries were submitted by farmers market customers. Bouquets could only use Whatcom or Skagit-grown flowers and plants. The six submissions were on display by the prepared food vendor row for all to be enjoyed. Over 300 people voted!

Edible flowers and baked goods from the vendor, “Gathered Confections.”


The Washington Flowers Project, a Washington State Department of Agriculture funded grant was also present. The project’s aim is to help bolster the local cut flower industry. They utilized the hashtag #WashingtonFlowersProject and #WashingtonFlowers on Instagram to engage flower buyers and sellers.

Lastly, Tatum Brown of Olio Flowers and Kristin Dungan of Forage Floral Studio both put on demonstrations that utilized locally grown flowers. Tatum put on a bouquet making demo. Kristin created an eye catching art installation which used flowers and plants.

Tatum Brown of Olio Flowers.

See you next year!

The Flower Festival is sure to be another hit among market patrons and gardeners alike, when it returns in 2020. The event will again be held at our Saturday Market, located at Depot Market Square – 1100 Railroad Ave, Bellingham.

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