Dahlia Inspired

Erin Benzakein Sniffs Out Delicate Treasures

First in a series about the power of flowers and the memories they evoke… Ever wonder why those flowers you got at the grocery store the other day smell like the paper they were wrapped in? Yea, so did Erin Benzakein. She runs Floret Flower Farm in the Skagit Valley, a rural haven in the… Read more

Photo by Manuel

I Get My Freakebana On

Photo by Manuel It is getting pretty ugly in here. Or is it ugly-pretty? I refer, of course, to Freakebana (pronounced “free-ke-ba-na”), the ultra-trendy, a-mug-only-a-mother-could-love take on arranging whatever you like. Stella Bugbee, the brilliant editor in chief of The Cut, coined the term. Freakebana is the Instagram-strong, and sometimes gallery-featured, art created by mixing… Read more

Welcome to My Dahlia Bulb Moment

As is the case with many startups, an adventurous dose of passion ignited Bear Creek Farm. Quite simply I fell in love with my husband, I fell in love with dahlias, and soon we had a farm. This happened very quickly, after my florist friend informed me that the Hudson Valley was too far to… Read more

Photo by Lalla Essaydi

How We Broke the Mold

Photo-by-Lalla-Essaydi When it comes to conventional farming wisdom on ways to remove mold, the word “crazy” springs to mind. That is how I felt the first year that I grew dahlias, when a horrendous mold hit and I lost half my crop. I was completely devastated, and I frantically began searching for a solution within… Read more

Instagram tips

Instagram Tips from Bear Creek Farm for Better Homes & Gardens

Sometimes it's not easy to translate the beauty of your garden easily through photographs. That's why Bear Creek Farm, along with other fantastic contributors, shares Instagram tips with Better Homes & Gardens. Read more

NY Magazine Names Bear Creek Farm the Absolute Best Flowers

NY Magazine's annual "Best of NY" issue (March 2017) cites Bear Creek Farm's dahlias as the flowers to buy in New York for their outstanding beauty, color, and long-lasting capability in the vase. Read more

The Season Begins at Bear Creek Farm: Getting Ready to Plant

The last few weeks have been busy ones at Bear Creek Farm. The tractor has been a godsend, and has already been earning its rather exorbitant keep. In the past week or so, we’ve prepared the soil for the 2016 dahlia crop and removed the tubers we stored last fall from the root cellar. Most… Read more

Got Flowers?

I’ve been wondering about something. When we think about the Farm-to-Table movement, we usually think about the freshest food that travels quickly from garden or field ending up on your table in time for a good healthy meal. I think about food too, but I also think about flowers and where they end up in… Read more

My Beautiful Orange Tractor

The new tractor’s been pulling its weight here at Bear Creek Farm for a few weeks. What a difference added horsepower and the right implements make to a neophyte dahlia farmer! The soil preparation and the planting have been going smoothly thanks to my Kioti NX6010. But it didn’t start out that way. The Friday… Read more

Dahlias, The New Roses

I wonder… If orange is the new black, and navy was once said to be the new black, why can’t dahlias be the new roses? Who says everything has to come up roses? Who decided that roses are the ultimate expression of love? Frankly, love is the last thing anyone would think of when pricked… Read more


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