State farmer-florists give special reason to celebrate Kentucky grown flower month

Nothing says summer like fresh flowers. This July, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Horticulture Council (KHC) are celebrating that fact with the second annual Kentucky Grown Cut Flower Month.

“Nothing brightens a room more than the addition of beautiful flowers,” Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles said. “Flowers grown in Kentucky offer just a small piece of what makes Kentucky beautiful. Bringing that beauty inside your home, your business, or adding it to your summer wedding celebrates what Kentucky’s farmer-florists provide for consumers.”

With the number of farmer-florists increasing by more than 30 percent in the last five years, Kentucky is now home to more than 90 cut flower operations with a market value of about $0.5 million. To celebrate the special beauty these farmer-florists produce, each day in July, the Kentucky Horticulture Council will feature cut flower growers across KHC’s social media channels.

This event is the second annual Kentucky Grown Cut Flower Month co-hosted by KHC and University of Kentucky Horticulture Extension Agents. Each day will feature snippets on how Kentucky’s farmer-florists make their products available to customers through farmers' markets, on-farm sales, pop-up shops, CSA deliveries, and more.

While about 80 percent of cut flowers in the United States are imported from countries such as Colombia, Ecuador, and the Netherlands, Kentucky conditions are well-suited for commercial production.

“Cut flowers are a rapidly expanding industry segment in Kentucky horticulture and can be quite profitable for growers,” said Cindy Finneseth, KHC Executive Director. “Most of our growers sell directly to consumers, with an increasing number of farms selling through retail sites and wholesale markets.”

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