Wollam Gardens at The Arlington Farmer’s Market
A couple of weekends ago I managed to head out across the way and visit our local Arlington Saturday Market I don’t visit as often as I wish and I certainly haven’t been over until this visit due to my current surgical recovery. It has been a long six weeks waiting to get back out to the flowers. Of course it didn’t occur to me that the great thing about the Arlington Market is that here the flowers come to us.
I could write about so many of the vendors and plan on it. But to start I wanted to focus on Wollam Gardens. Why? The flowers, the lovely flowers.
Each Saturday, Karen Wollam herself drives the van and sets up for a day at the Arlington Farmers Market. It is a treat for everyone.
Each time I come to the market I spend extra time loitering about the lovely florals.
Although they have numerous bouquets each week, this week the poppy’s that stole the show.
Wollam Gardens is located in Jeffersonton, Virginia. The Wollam’s website explains that,
In 1986, Bob Wollam moved to Washington DC. This was his first step of an old dream of being a flower grower. Two years later, he asked a realtor in Warrenton to show him real estate in Virginia. He said he wanted at least 10 acres and an old house. He purchased his historic Farm House and 11 acre farm in Jeffersonton, Va. and Wollam Gardens was born.
For three years, Bob grew perennials which he sold from the farm at the Alexandria Farmer’s market. After seeing a small “cut your own” garden during a trip to Central NY, he put all his energy into cut flowers. He began selling to florists in Washington DC and adding more farmers’ markets near, or in, the city.
It sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to see the fields myself. They must be a photographer’s paradise!
You can find Wollam Gardens at numerous locations around the city including Pen Quarter at the North end of 8th street in Northwest D.C. as well as at The White House Market at 810 Vermont Avenue, the Georgetown Market at 34th street and Wisconsin in D.C. in addition to the DuPont Circle market and the Bethesda, M.D. farmer’s market at Wisconsin and Elm street. For those of you closer to Warrenton, you can find them at the intersection of rt 229 and 211.
You’ll be seeing another post on Wollam Gardens as soon as I can get out to see where it all blooms. Until then, I recommend stopping by one of the markets and buying some lovely florals from them. They are hand picked to perfection.
For more information on Wollam Gardens visit www.wollamgardens.com
Well, the Dr. has added two more weeks to my recovery until I will be healed up enough to get back to my regularly scheduled life. Until then please feel free to help out with a guest blog post on The Bee or suggestions for gardens on the East Coast. I’ll be heading out on another Photo Garden Bee Tour before long and would love some suggestions!
Hope you all had a lovely weekend.
Britt : )
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