Jenny Elliott on Best Cut Flowers and Dahlias – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 6, 2020

Yes, yes, I know; you plan to grow the usual rows of zinnias, but what other among organic flower farmer Jenny Elliott’s must-grow list of cutting varieties do you have lined up and ready to sow, or have a source of starts for? I asked Jenny for her list of flowers you shouldn’t garden without.

Copake, New York-based Jenny is a farmer-florist with partner Luke Franco and their crew. They’re my beloved neighbors and friends, growing flowers organically both for the wholesale market, for subscribers to her weekly flower CSA, and also for events including weddings.

Because of the prospect of forced shop closures throughout spring 2020, Jenny and Luke will sell their favorite dahlia tubers by mail-order (or for local curbside pickup by pre-order behind her Hillsdale, New York, shop)—and Jenny will give an online class in how to succeed with dahlias, too, via Zoom. More on all that at 


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