Here at the farm, we’re all breathing a lovely sigh – the kind that comes following months of hectic, hard work that abruptly comes to an end. The last packages have been loaded onto trucks. The conveyor belts have been silenced. Members of the Shipping Department have all gone home for the holidays, and the rest of us are soon to follow.
A festive mood prevails (a “hangover” from our somewhat raucous annual staff breakfast), and our hearts rejoice each time we hear employees warmly wishing one another “Merry Christmas!” and “Happy New Year!” as they depart for a few days, their arms laden with blooming azaleas, Christmas roses, and cyclamen.
In the stillness that settles over the farm and the warehouse, we count our blessings. We’ve just wrapped up our 66th year in business on a high note. We work diligently at something we love, and we’re lucky to enjoy the enthusiastic support of loyal customers, many of whom first introduced themselves years ago as beginner gardeners and who have since become experts. Their holiday cards and letters hang in our Customer Service department. We’re also privileged to work with a growing number of new customers, many of whom are novice gardeners. They seek out White Flower Farm not just for plants and garden gear but also for advice, inspiration and horticultural information. Our greatest joy is in helping them succeed, thereby nurturing a next generation of gardeners.
The next “blessing” we count may sound a bit silly, but we’re grateful, quite simply, for plants – their beauty, their endless variety, and their resilience. In our greenhouses and garden beds, they astonish, delight and revitalize us each day. They ask remarkably little – water, soil, and varying amounts of sun – and they give a tremendous amount in return. Against a backdrop of tumultuous world events, the plants we grow in our gardens and in our homes provide tranquility. Each is a literal green oasis that reminds us of all the beauty there is to be found and cultivated in the world.
From all of us at White Flower Farm, we wish you and yours a season of peace and joy, and a new year full of blossoms, beauty and possibilities.
Please note: To give our hard-working staff some well-deserved time off, we’ll be closed from Dec. 24th through Dec. 26th. We reopen Dec. 27th and look forward to hearing from you.