As far back as I can remember, my mother always grew flowers. Growing up our landscaping was always filled with bright blooms and praised for their beauty by neighbors and strangers alike. It was through my mother and grandfather that I gained a love for the outdoors and gardening.
In 2017, my mother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. Every day, I try to live my life the way she taught me: with compassion, empathy, and kindness to others. Barbara's Garden is my attempt to carry on her legacy and love of flowers and to bring beauty and happiness to other people. Working in the garden brings me peace, much in the way it did for her.
We encourage everyone who buys our flowers to take a minute and think of a way they can do something kind for others. You never know how much a small gesture of kindness can mean to someone you love.
My name is Ryan and I began growing flowers in the summer of 2018. I am a father of two young garden helpers and you may see my wife Sarah working the flower booth from time to time. When I'm not growing flowers in the summer, I teach middle school in JCPS. My goal in growing flowers is two-fold: to help bees and wildlife by providing food and to connect people to the natural world by bringing a bit of nature indoors with our bouquets.
We are committed to growing flowers in a way that protects the health of the land and the creatures that depend upon it. That's why we only use natural products on our flowers. We feed our plants using fish and kelp emulsion and protect against bugs with neem oil and insecticidal soap. This makes our garden a haven for bees and pollinators and makes it a safe place for little helpers to explore.