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Virginia Coulter Opens Old Mission Flowers – Pick a Fresh Bouquet!

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Virginia Coulter, Owner of Old Mission Flowers | Jane Boursaw Photo
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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.

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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.

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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).

Ginny picked out this beautiful bouquet for me when I stopped by the Farmer's Market. Looks great on my desk, doesn't it? | Jane Boursaw Photo, 2015
Ginny picked out this beautiful bouquet for me when I stopped by the Farmer’s Market. Looks great on my desk, doesn’t it? | Jane Boursaw Photo, 2015

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!

Email Ginny at [email protected], call (231) 499-5474, and check out her website and Facebook page. Because they’re just so pretty and I couldn’t resist, here are some more photos of Ginny’s flowers:

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A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper.

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  1. […] Meet in the parking lot of the Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church, 16426 Center Road, at 4:30 p.m. From there, they’ll go a half-block north to Old Mission Flowers, 16550 Center Road, where owner Ginny Coulter welcomes the club to take photos of her U-Pick garden (which is gorgeous – check out some of my photos here). […]


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