Virginia Dohm Coulter and I go back a long ways. When I was a kid, she and my sister Carol were best friends, Ginny’s sister Barb (now Wunsch) and I were best friends, and our dads were both cherry farmers. So I spent a lot of time at their house.
Ginny recently started a new business called Old Mission Flowers, a self-serve specialty cut flower garden where you can cut your own fresh bouquet. Carnations, coneflowers, daisies, gay feathers, iris, lilies, peonies, snapdragons, roses and zinnias are just a few of the flowers she’s growing, and they’re stunningly gorgeous.
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Stopping by Old Mission Flowers just makes you feel good – like all is right with the world when you see those colorful blooms spilling across the land like happy children at play.
In 1976, Ginny graduated with a B.S. in Horticulture Science from Michigan State University, where she held student jobs on campus in greenhouses and at the renowned W. J. Beal Botanical Gardens. She loves growing and sharing her flowers, and has the time now after spending years raising kids, helping her husband with their fruit farm, volunteering, and working for local government.
Each Monday from 12 noon to 4 p.m., you can find Ginny selling flowers at the Farmer’s Market at the The Village at Grand Traverse Commons (old State Hospital grounds). The Farmer’s Market is on the green in front of Higher Grounds, Left Foot Charley, and Spanglish (around back of the Commons).
Or if you prefer, pick your own bouquet at Old Mission Flowers, 16550 Center Road on the Old Mission Peninsula, 14.4 miles north of Traverse City at the corner of Ladd Road and Center Road (M-37) (the entrance is on Ladd Road).
The garden is open from dawn to dusk from May through October. Containers, vases, scissors and flower preservative are available. Flowers are sold by container size or by stem. As an example, a quart jar filled with flowers costs $15.
Ginny suggests bringing:
– Sensible shoes, a hat, and a jacket
– A camera – everyone takes pictures in this garden
– Packing – so your flowers don’t tip over in the car
Children, the elderly, and artists are especially welcome!