We're gardeners. We're farmer-florists. We're family.
Buckeye Blooms is a flower farm, cutting garden and floral design studio located on the farm that has been in our family for four generations. We're a mother-daughter team and we lovingly grow and design flowers for weddings and special events in the Lima area and throughout Western and parts of Central Ohio. Our specialty is growing and designing seasonal, sustainably-grown flowers, including many heirloom and classic cottage garden varieties such as fragrant sweet peas, zinnias, lisianthus and dahlias. We have trained with some of the nation's leading floral and event designers including Floret, Floral Verde, Passionflower and Love 'n Fresh Flowers and we are best known for our lush, non-traditional, organic, and garden-inspired wedding designs.
Flowers have always played a big part in Kay's life. An avid gardener and former Master Gardener Program Coordinator for Ohio State University Extension, Kay is happiest when digging in the dirt. Kay received national recognition and numerous awards for her leadership and programs at the Children's Garden in downtown Lima. Considered an expert in diagnosing garden pest problems, Kay is also an accomplished landscape designer and floral designer. Kay's first big farmer-florist design job: Susan and Jeremy's 2000 wedding. Buckeye Blooms is headquartered on the family farm she has lived on since childhood.
Susan Studer King
Susan's interest in nature started as a child when she spent long summer days playing in the woods and fields surrounding the farm. Susan worked on agriculture policy at Ohio Environmental Council for more than eight years before she and her husband, Jeremy, moved to Ecuador to serve in the Peace Corps. It was there that they witnessed the many impacts of the commercial rose industry and the idea for starting a sustainable cut flower operation on the family farm first took root. Susan now splits her time between "the farm" and Granville where she also works remotely for Floret and tries to steer her toddler out of trouble.
Located in northern Allen County, Dolau (a Welsh word meaning flat meadow) Farm features a meadow set aside for permanent conservation, dense woods, mature windbreaks, and an established perennial garden in addition to our flower field. The historic 1880's farm house is set back off of the road down a picturesque lane shaded by towering maple trees. Surrounding the house are many species of trees, woody ornamentals, grasses and greenery in addition to dozens of old fashioned and unusual flower varieties. We created our flower shop and design studio in what used to be the milking parlor of the "big barn." The shop is also used for farm flower parties and other special events.
We couldn't do what we do if it weren't for the help of our entire family, especially Jeremy, our "Director of Composting," J.B., our "Tractor Inspector and Bucket Washer," and Daisy, our Border Collie who serves as "Jr. Director of Digging." If Susan's brothers are around, we put them to work, too. (We always try to schedule manure hauling when they're around). We also have a handful of amazing friends and neighbors who graciously help us with big events. They also help to weed the garden, mow the barnyard, deliver flowers and help with other chores around the farm and studio. We couldn't function without the loyal support and tireless assistance of these fine folks. We reward them with armloads of fresh flowers and veggies from the garden and refreshing adult beverages at the end of long summer days.
Caring for our environment is important to us as a family, and it is at the core of our farm operations. We grow our flowers in tune with nature and with an eye towards sustainability. We have implemented recycling and energy conservation measures for every step of our flower production process and have also planted hundreds of hardwood trees to prevent soil erosion, provide wildlife habitat and combat climate change. Plus, we put our money where our mouth is: we are investing in renewable energy and donate a portion of our profits to charitable organizations that work on behalf of food security, green energy, community gardens and sustainable agriculture.