Our Farm's Story

 

Cool Hollow Flower Farm is a family farm located in Washington County, Maryland.  It sits at the edge of a historic area made up of stone homes and barns dating back to an early settlement from the late 1700's.  My husband and I both fell in love with this place as soon as we saw the setting, although the buildings were very run down.  The roof on the house was on the verge of falling in, windows had failed, pipes had burst and the farm had been out of use for a number of years. But when I saw that I could grow flowers freely on a totally blank canvas I looked past the broken buildings and saw what could be.  That was in 2004, and much work has been done. In the old fields we've been creating and expanding the perennial gardens and flower growing beds on an ever expanding basis.  Half of the land is wooded and protected and will never be used for farming, while the other half is open fields, with a creek winding around two sides of the land.

 

The farm is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains with Beaver Creek winding around on two sides supporting a variety of wildlife including brown trout, many deer, foxes, pheasant, mink, a wide variety of birds including wild turkeys, blue herons, egrets, also a coyote or two, the occasional black bear and, yes, very active beavers in the creek.  We strive to be good stewards of the Chesapeake Bay watershed which our creek flows into and are proud to be a part of the locally grown community. In partnership with the local Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance and other watershed groups our creek has undergone a large 

We have carefully selected specialty varieties of flowers and plants that can be grown using environmentally sustainable practices here in our climate, using intensive farming practices. Although we are not an organically certified farm, no chemicals are used on our flowers which are harmful to the environment or to you. Our flowers are never sprayed with anything except OMRI approved treatments (these are the treatments that organic farmers use), and only on a very limited basis.  We have a healthy community of bees, praying mantis and lady bugs which we are very careful to protect.

 

We are pleased to be able to offer our annual and perennial flowers and cut woody stems to all flower lovers from our weekly bouquet customers to floral designers, DIY brides/grooms and event planners to bulk flower buyers of all kinds.  Please contact us discuss your needs. We would love to provide you with high quality locally grown flowers.

 

In addition to cut flowers we offer a limited selection of native plants at select festivals and fairs. We offer a selection of unusual and in some cases, rare, native plants which are nursery grown and propagated. If you are interested in our native plant availability list send with a request for information about native plants to laura@coolhollowflowers.com and we can give you an updated list in the spring.

This land was worked continuously for over 200 years and still has tremendous potential due to its rich clay soil. Through careful farming practices we hope to leave it even better than we found it.  We are fortunate to live in an area surrounded by many successful and knowledgeable lifelong farmers. It is wonderful to be see fallow farm land once again providing for our local community.

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