2007 started with a trip to New Zealand to visit flower growers in the Southern Hemisphere. It was a great educational trip for Patrick to be able to see leaders in the floral industry.
We have started to diversify the farm, planting peonies and gloriosa lilies. We are the only commercial flower farm in the US to grow a sizeable crop of gloriosa lilies. We quit the farmer’s markets in 2007, in order to focus on our wholesale markets. The grind of going to the farmer’s markets each Saturday became old and it was keeping us from working on more lucrative avenues to sell our flowers. We additionally quit the retail flowers shows. We found our time was more profitably spent working on our wholesale markets.
Patrick made another trip to the equator, this time to Cartegena, Colombia for a world class flower show. Cartegena was amazing, right on the Caribbean Sea with the old city surrounded by a wall. There was a castle on the top of the hill in the middle of the city where there was a big party the last night.