Illinois Willows is a specialty cut flower grower . We are located in east central Illinois, tucked away in the corn and soy bean fields of the Illinois prairie. Located just a short drive from Champaign - Urbana, Illinois.
Illinois Willows services :
We have product to offer 12 months of the year. Our product is available to the consumer and the wholesale trade.Contact us for your fresh cut flowers and woody ornamental needs.
In the fall of 1999 a corn field was purchased and the dream of growing fresh cut flowers and woody ornamentals for the consumer and the wholesale floral trade was started.
The first step was to clear the land from the corn stubble that was left after the corn harvest. I contacted my neighbor and he brought in a stalk-chopper to knock down the remainder of the stalks . Spring of 2000, the first beds were laid out for the annuals and perennials . That first year Celosia, Ageratum, Yarrow, Sunflowers, Liatris and Gomphrenna were the start of our mix. Today, some of these are still being grown here. As a grower with a floral design background , I wanted to grow flowers I, as a grower would want to design with in my arrangements.
I knew that flowers like Roses , Carnations and Chrysanthemums would not be all that feasible to grow here in central Illinois, because of our growing conditions.I wanted to grow some of the different or unusal flowers that were uncommon in the local flower shops. That summer I discovered the ASCFG ( Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers ) and went to the Mid-West conference in Wisconsin. I meet with fellow growers from the Mid-West and discovered that they had so much knowledge and information to pass on to newbies like myself. At this conference I was able to view the fields of cut flowers and woody ornamentals ie.. Winterberry, Bittersweet, Curly Willow, Dogwood to mention a few. After visiting, touring and chatting with fellow growers, I started to see my vision into becoming a reality.
Winter 2018 January - March:
We are offering Red Curly Willow Wreaths in three sizes
Small 24" - 34" diameter $ 50.00
Medium 38" - 48" diameter $ 100.00
Large 52" - 68" diameter $ 150.00
These are fresh cut willows artistically designed for your wreath. In speaking with us your wreath size can be designed to accommodate your display space . Whether you choose indoor or outdoor use.
We ship your wreaths via FedEx ground for the best rates in freight . Box charges added to wreath cost plus shipping. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Addition :
We are currently taking applications to our Flower CSA and Buyers Club for the 2018 season.
We would like to extend to you an invitation to be part of our local farm fresh cut flower Community Supported Agriculture ( CSA ) for the 2018 growing season.
CSA: The idea that a family or individual become a " member " of our farm for that growing season.A share of the farm is purchased at the start of the season to help Mr.Willows purchase supplies like seeds,plugs ( starter plants ), pre-season labor,plant material,etc.
Our selection will vary from week to week as the season progresses,each bouquet will have a variety of flowers. The bouquets will already be arranged in a vase so you will have no need to arrange them yourself. Let us do the work for you. Just bring back the previous empty vase when you pick up your new bouquet. If forgotten , a small fee will be required. An email newsletter will give the varieties of flowers and any special additional information related to the care and handling for that weeks bouquet. Every other week a bouquet will be delivered to a pick up location near you.
You will receive a large, farm fresh bouquet every other week from June 2 - October 20 which is 11 weeks of beautiful flowers arranged in a vase just for you.
Dates are 2018 season :
June 2, 16 and 30
July 14 and 28
August 11 and 25
September 8 and 22
October 6 and 20
Payment for shares are due prior to May 26 2018.
This year you will get a $ 30.00 bouquet delivered every CSA drop off date for $ 300.00 for the whole season ( 11 ) , regular $ 330.00
Sign up applications will be available at Market in the Square ( Lincoln Square) indoor market, hours 8 am - 1 pm ( second and fourth Saturdays in the months of January - April ).
Buyers Club - if you enjoy arranging flowers , this option maybe for you. Member sign up sheets will be available at Market in the Square. Contact us for details.