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Jill Colby grows all the flowers she sells in her Sicamous garden, except the ones she grows in her friend’s Sicamous garden.
But if you saw her “Petal Pod,” a trailer turned display case at 1214 Riverside Avenue, you’d think she had an international flower supplier.
Colby has been working in gardening and flower growing for about 10 years, the last four of which have been spent running his business, Heart and Soil Flower Farm and Design.
On August 20, she was selling flowers alongside her 13-year-old partner, Bevan Burke. Colby said his favorite flowers this time of year are dahlias.
“Dahlias are really getting stronger now and there are so many varieties of them,” Colby said.
“They are great for weddings and cut flowers, they are very special.”
She starts most of her flowers in February under the lights of her house. Later, she moves the flowers to her greenhouse and finally to the field.
Colby usually doesn’t start selling flowers until May or June. She said Sicamous’s long growing season and good climate allows her to grow tons of different flowers.
From a farming family, horticulture is in Colby’s blood. Still, she honed her skills in a variety of different jobs before branching out and starting her own business. In the past, she has worked as a landscaper, organic market gardener and floral designer.
“When I worked on the vegetable farm, I thought I would grow food forever,” Colby said.
“I just made the transition to flowers. I’ve always been an artist, so once I learned how to put flowers together and make art out of them, it evolved into that.
Colby said running his flower business merges many of his interests and skills.
She loves the idea of supporting locals and is trying to change the way people think about where and how people get their flowers.
“A lot of flowers bought in grocery stores are now imported, and there’s a huge carbon footprint that goes with it,” Colby said.
“There is also a lot of waste and unnecessary chemicals. “
Summer 2021 marks the second year of Colby flower sales at its current location, as part of the Bruhn Crossing Urban Market. Colby said she liked the “all together” atmosphere of the market and said it was a great way to grow her business without breaking the bank.