Exceptional. Realistic. Sustainable.
Barbara & Lindsey
Mother and daughter farmer-florists
Barbara Von Elm started Growing Wild in 1996 with our first wedding held on the side of a barn. At the time, she rode through fields of wild flowers on our horse, Cookie, picking flowers for the wedding. She placed them in baskets attached to the saddle and brought them back to the stable. Whatever Cookie didn’t eat was used for floral arrangements.
Almost 30 years later, we've followed our passion and now the family runs a sustainable floral farm about 60 minutes from Washington, DC. We grow as many flowers as we can throughout the year using traditional sustainable practices.
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Meet the Team
Meet the team that makes it happen. Say hi to Terry, Tina, Victoria, and Anne. Chances are you’ll meet one or more of us on your wedding day.
About Growing Wild Floral Co.
Today, Barbara and Lindsey work together with a team of floral designers and assistants out of the design studio located on their farm in Delaplane, Virginia.
Together, they have done over 2500 weddings since its inception ranging in size from 15 to 300.
Venues include large trendy downtown DC hotels and mansions to rustic barns and vineyards.
Over time the company has built up a large repertoire of hard goods including various styles of containers, arches and chuppahs for use by clients;
We grow a variety of trendy flowers and botanicals on our 65 acre farm which we love to incorporate into our wedding designs. Augmenting arrangements with locally sourced, high quality, organic flowers is not only a great way of going “green” but helps to keep flower prices down for couples and enables us to use more flower per arrangement than many other florists.
Flowers grown at the farm include luscious dahlias, dinner plate dahlias, peonies, lilac, sedum, artemesia, hydrangea, succulents and baptista, to name a few.
Flowers are fresh-cut shortly before the wedding, so they will look their prettiest in your bouquets and arrangements.
Photos by Laura Cotterman Photographer
Meet the Farm Crew
All self-respecting farms come equipped with animals. At Growing Wild, our critters are expected to pitch in and help.
Annie, Fergie, and Bacardi
Our horses are a time-honored source of organic manure used to make our flower gardens thrive.
Mini Manure Production
Dunkin & Donut
Our miniature donkeys assist in manure manufacturing as well as brighten up the fields with their cuteness.
Loki & Thor
Our Belgian Turvies, throw themselves into their duties as co-chairs of the Farm Welcome Committee.
Our Blacked-Mouthed Cur (aka mutt) mostly lays about in the sun, but her real job is keeping critters out of the garden!