Urban flower farm expanding with calendar, events

By Helen Conzemius, for SiouxFalls.Business

A century-old house led Monica Pugh into a backyard business.

She and her husband, Glenn, did all the landscaping at the Sioux Falls home themselves, promoting Pugh to add flowers to her selection of jam sold at a farmers market.

It didn’t work out.

“The farmers market wasn’t taking off, so I went to Pomegranate Market and that was the same day their florist was pulling out. I learned that day to listen to my gut and just do it,” Pugh said.

Monica and Glenn Pugh

Her business, Floras and Bouquets, now delivers fresh bouquets every Thursday to Pomegranate Market, The Co-op Natural Foods and Keller’s Green Grocery. Floras and Bouquets grows its flowers organically using compost for the soil.

Most of the flowers are grown in the middle of town in what Pugh calls an urban flower farm at 1216 N. Main Ave. When the business required more land, she added a little plot 13 miles out of town.

The business offers a subscription for monthly flower arrangements. All customers need to do is call or send a Facebook message to set it up. Pugh works out custom arrangements and pricing. She does arrangements for birthdays, engagements, anniversaries and small events.

This fall, Floras and Bouquets will debut a calendar. “Buds and Beards” will be available for presale Aug. 1 for $14.99, and 25 percent of the proceeds will go to The Banquet. Bearded businessmen – including the Sioux Falls Santa – are photographed with bouquets.

On Oct. 6, the business is partnering on a farm-to-table dinner with local chef John Gilbertson, organized through Sioux Falls Community Education. It will feature live music, fine china and a flower chandelier. For more information, click here.

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Urban flower farm expanding with calendar, events

A century-old house led Monica Pugh into her backyard business, Floras and Bouquets.

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