Flower gardener makes food for the eyes

Molly Nakahara keeps a pair of garden shears in her back pocket. “I under no circumstances know when I’ll find inspiration for a bouquet. I’m a massive fan of cutting as I stroll about.,” she said. “Then I’ll put issues in a vase of water and…

Flower gardener makes food for the eyes

Molly Nakahara keeps a pair of garden shears in her back pocket.

“I under no circumstances know when I’ll find inspiration for a bouquet. I’m a massive fan of cutting as I stroll about.,” she said. “Then I’ll put issues in a vase of water and see what occurs. The more you understand a plant, the more you discover how to use them in bouquets.”

Nakahara and partner Paul Glowaski own Dinner Bell Farm. Situated just off Highway 174 in tiny Chicago Park, it is a 30-acre farm specializing in cut flowers all seasons of the year, as well as specialty peppers, salad greens, and pasture-raised chickens and pigs.

Nakahara sells most of her bouquets at the Auburn and Tahoe City farmers markets, but also does arrangements for weddings and events. At the two,300-foot elevation, Nakahara is able to develop numerous bulbs, shrubs and trees that need cold winter temperatures. She’s been planting hardy bulbs – daffodils, allium – for winter and spring arrangements. Various ponds on the house and nearby let her harvest riparian flowers, foliage and seedpods for arrangements, including mint, willow, red twig dogwood, cattails and volunteer figs. Zinnias, strawflowers, amaranth, cosmos, ornamental grasses and far more develop in rows close to the home. She’s in a position to go outside at any time of the year and gather bouquets of unusual and beautiful flowers, foliage, seedpods or fruit.

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