Wild Child Flower Company: A feature, review, + Giveaway! {CLOSED}

Happy Summer Friends! I am just so pleased to introduce you all to Wild Child Flower Co. today! I first discovered this lovely little shop via social media because it is run by a couple of my high school classmates who I am still connected with there. I have been loving watching Sara’s gorgeous and inspiring Instagram account, it is a MUST follow for flower lovers.
 
I love to feature small businesses, handmade, crafty, DIY creative people and Sara’s company totally fits that demographic. Bonus that we know each other from school and she and all her products are local. Read through the interview below and feast your eyes on the pretty photos for more about them and how they got their start.

 

Where are you located + are you from there originally?

We are located west of Eugene, out in Crow and yes, we are from the Fern Ridge area originally. It has been really fun to start a business in our home town community, we feel really blessed to have so much support and excitement about our flowers from people we’ve known since we were young.

How did you come up with your shop name?

I started Wild Child when my youngest girl, Genevieve, started sleeping through the night (she was 2 years old) and I felt more like myself again. I had energy and dreams, literally (because I finally had a REM cycle) and figuratively, because I was allowing myself to dream about the future for me as a mother, farmer, and to act on my dream to create a home business where I could do both. Wild Child came from the term of endearment that I call my two girls as they adventure outside in our rural life, tutus and rain boots, gathering eggs from our chickens and making magic potions out of flower petals and mud…but also the wild child that lives inside me, the girl who always wants to be outside in nature, who would rather be digging in the soil and planting seeds than just about anything else.

How long have you had your shop?

We are going into our second growing season as Wild Child, so the business is a year old, but we have been farming and growing flowers for over ten years before that. I had been doing the flowers for friends and family weddings and events, as a passion project of mine and always dreamed of making the big step into a business.

What inspires you?

I am constantly inspired by nature. The rhythm of the seasons, the colors, the animals and plants. If I am ever feeling down, or uninspired, all I need to do is go out into nature and it gives me all the perspective an inspiration I need.

What is your favorite item in your shop?

I love the CSA. It has been so fun to share the different flowers I’m growing with our members every week. I like trying to make each week different and special, with fun new varieties I’m trialing, adding in unexpected elements that make the bouquets unique and different than your average flower bouquet you can pick up at a grocery store.

I also love to make a bridal bouquet. I take a lot of time to choose the best and the most beautiful blooms that I grow, to make something really special. It’s a form of art for me, and I love getting creative with the flowers, knowing that they will get to be a part of someone’s special day, it really is an honor for me.

Do you have any other jobs or hobbies?

 My most important job is raising my two girls. It has been the most rewarding and challenging job I’ve ever had. They continue to teach me so much about myself, and life, I strive to create a work/life balance where I can be with them, but also working towards building a business in something I feel passionate about, to teach them that you can really do anything you put your mind to at any time in your life….which leads me to my hobby, which is dance. When my daughter wanted to take a dance class I was worried about her entering into the dance environment and I wanted it to be a really body positive experience so I found a studio in Eugene (FLEX Studios) that seemed amazing and also had a class for moms. I decided to try it out and completely fell in love…so now we dance together and it’s awesome.  

Share an interesting fact about yourself.

I fell in love with agriculture when I was sixteen. My first summer job was at an organic vegetable farm and everyone would say, when I came back dirty and hot from a long day out in the field, ”Just remember, this is why you are going to college” and in the back of my mind I thought, “hmm…but I really love this”  But I did go to college, studied Spanish and Sociology and became a farmer anyway.

What do you hope your future holds?

That is a big question. For my family, I hope our future is healthy and happy, full of sweet memories together. I definitely pray for balance and grace in navigating a family business!  As far as the future of Wild Child, I really hope that people begin to see the value in supporting local flower farms and seasonal flowers, just like the local food movement has become so popular, local flowers are important too! I hope to build community around the business and continue to grow the CSA as well as offer floral design workshops and cut flower gardening workshops to other local flower lovers.

SO who will be signing up for those workshops with me? They sound so fun! I would love to learn more about floral design and creating a cut flower garden! I think Sara would be a fantastic teacher.  Follow Wild Child Flower Co. on social media to keep up with buying options as well as the possibility of her workshops!

Shandell’s Review

Sara has been a delight to communicate with when planning out this little feature. She is so sweet and down to earth, totally personable and easy to talk to. I find all these things super important in terms of customer service. 

Sara’s product is just absolutely breath taking. My husband and I were both wowed by the bouquet she brought by.  She did a lovely job of coordinating colors, textures and shapes. I want her arrangements in my house for all time! What a fantastic thing that she has CSA’s available! I have never come across this for flowers and think it’s a fantastic idea for making sure you have lovely seasonal and local flowers in your home or to gift all season long.

 

This bouquet would actually be large enough to split if you’d like to spread them throughout your home, or gift half. I couldn’t bear to change this arrangement because I just loved how full and spectactular it looks at this size .However, as some of the blooms started to droop (more than a week later with only one water refresh) I did pull out some that I thought would dry nicely and others that still had some life left to continue to shine on our dining room table. We have been enjoying just this one arrangement for nearly 2 weeks now!

You can find Wild Child Flower Company at their pop-up shop until the end of September on Wednesdaysfrom 2pm-6pm next to Wintergreen Farm’s stand on 18th and Polk.  You can also find Sara selling her lovely bouquets at Veneta Harvest Festival on September 9th. They are open to taking orders for flowers to be picked up at the pop-up on Wednesdays (or delivered in Eugene on those days for an extra fee) deliveries to Veneta on Fridays. 

GIVEAWAY! 

Sara is giving a $50 credit to Wild Child Flower Company to one lucky reader of Breaking New Ground. This credit is good towards bouquets from a Wednesday pop-up or toward a CSA share! This giveaway is open to readers who are local to Eugene and surrounding areas.

 

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  1. Kate Klein

    July 27, 2017 at 11:01 am

    We love Wild Child Flowers!!!
    Sara makes the most amazing, creative arrangements!
    I purchased a CSA share for my MIL who lives in the Veneta area, and I am totally floored by the arrangements she has delivered!!!

    1. Shandell

      July 30, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      so great to hear! Thank you for sharing your experience!

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