American Grown Flowers & Foliage Month: What it is & how to participate

July marks our annual celebration of American Grown Flowers and Foliage Month, historically recognized by Congress with a special resolution celebrating the industry  for the economic and cultural impact of America’s cut flower and foliage farmers provide. 

What is American Grown Flowers Month?

American Grown Flowers Month is a dedicated month to celebrate the importance of American flower farms and it falls right at the height of flower season! Over the years, flowers and foliage sold in the U.S. have slowly shifted from being grown domestically to being imported from other countries. Did you know that only about 22 percent of the flowers and foliage sold in the United States are actually grown here? 

Graph of imports vs domestic market for cut flowers and foliage

This is why the celebration, recognition and education of American Grown Flowers Month is so important. By supporting American grown flowers and foliage, you are supporting local farmers and their teams who work hard every day investing their time, energy and passion into producing the most beautiful stems for you, your home, your offices and life’s special occasions.

Certified American Grown is here to ensure our farmers’ sustainability now and in the future so American Grown flowers and foliage can always be there to lift your mood and brighten any room. 

Remember, supporting our domestic flower and foliage farmers is not just for July. You can celebrate and support this vital American industry all year long! 

How you can participate in American Grown Flowers Month

1. Look for the Certified American Grown seal at your local retailers.

When shopping for flowers at your local grocery stores, retailers, and  markets, look for the Certified American Grown seal! This ensures that the flowers and foliage were grown on certified domestic farms. When you see the Certified American Grown seal you can be sure that your dollars are supporting American farmers, families and communities.

Spartan Nash display with AGFM Button

Not seeing the Certified American Grown seal at your favorite market, florist or store?  Ask them for their support and to buy Certified American Grown cut flowers, foliage and bouquets.  When you share your passion and ask for their support you become an active part of the movement to support American Grown!

2. Purchase directly from Certified American Grown farms.

Did you know you can purchase directly from many Certified American Grown farms? Whether you shop for bouquets online for your home, send USA grown flowers to a friend, order wholesale foliage for an event or a specialty box of blooms for a DIY activity from a local farm, every option supports our American Grown flower and foliage farms. Search our community of floral farms in our directory here.

American Grown Flowers Month is celebrated across the country and across all channels. Certified American Grown Wholesaler, DVFlora is running specials from participating grower direct certified farms and Florabundance has over 231 Certified American Grown products to choose from! 

A group of people in front of a wood wall with buckets of flowers.

Team from DVFlora poses with their featured American Grown flowers!

Certified American Grown farms have also been busy shipping out floral boxes directly to consumers in partnership with The Floral Source. Right now there are several DIY homegrown blooms available from all over the country!

A grid of products from The Floral Source -Summer Red, White & Blue Mix

The Floral Source -Summer Red, White & Blue Mix

 

3. Attend a workshop or visit a local American Grown flower and foliage farm.
Support the American Grown flower and foliage industry with a unique experience on a farm near you! Many Certified American Grown member farms are on farm trails, host special events, or offer DIY workshops for flower fans to enjoy. 

Harmony Harvest Farm in Weyers Cave, VA hosts an Open Farm event in July to give the public an in-person glimpse of the flower fields and all the fun things they do at Harmony Harvest. There’s a build-your-own bouquet bar, guided farm tours, children’s activities, food, a retail shop and more! There will also be flower arranging demonstrations and an exclusive workshop.

The Blue Barn at the Arnosky Family Farm is open everyday and is the perfect stop in Texas Hill Country for a picnic.

Not local to any of these options? Explore what’s available near you with a few quick Google searches or search our directory for Certified American Grown farms near you!

 

4. Follow and share on social media. 

Want to stay up-to-date on all the ways you can buy from and support the Certified American Grown flowers and foliage movement? Follow us on social media and join our email list! You’ll be the first to know about special events (virtual and in-person), ways to buy beautiful blooms, floral design inspiration and more!

While we love celebrating American Grown Flowers and Foliage Month every July, it’s also important to remember that the American Grown flower and foliage industry is worthy of your support all year long. You can always head to the Certified American Grown directory to find a farm to support. 

 

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