KERSEY — For Sally Azzato of Kersey, bringing fresh, local flowers to the community is a growing passion.
Operating Woodland Creations from her home for four years, Azzato says she currently offers products and services based on what she grows.
“It provided a creative outlet for me, as well as opportunities for other members of the community to take workshops and flower classes with me,” she said.
This year, Azzato started a garden, where she grows specialized cut flowers to share with community members.
In a unique twist, she also has a flower cart, which she uses to team up with area businesses and attend events to offer “pop-up style” flower purchases. Customers can “create their own bouquets”.
The cost of an antique truck just wasn’t in the cards, so Azzato says she bought an old cart and got some help building what she imagined.
She recently visited places like the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce in St. Marys.
“I’ve always been drawn to an ‘open-air market’ type setting, where farmers and artisans can share their crafts and harvests,” she said.
Woodland Creations also offers a bud vase rental service, an affordable way to decorate tables for an event.
“I’m especially proud to offer 100% of the stems grown in our Pennsylvania region. As I continue to expand my grow space and production each year, I will provide our community with exceptional, seasonal, homegrown specialty flowers through bouquet bars, workshops, rentals events and possibly a subscription service, so you can easily get your flower fix in a variety of ways,” Azzato explained.
It is important to note his company’s “turn” towards natural and locally grown flowers, rather than using some imported ones, such as plastics and foams which are not good for the environment and unhealthy to handle.
“Growing them myself is the best way for me to know exactly what I’m handling,” Azzato said.
Along with appreciating the relationships she’s made over the years through this venture, Azzato says she’s also taken time this year to do things on her own, like learning more about the different types. flowers and how to prepare, care for and harvest them.
“I spent more time outdoors and connecting with nature. I hope that by sharing my fresh flowers, I will encourage others to do the same,” she said.
Woodland Creations products are also part of a bigger picture for Azzato and the overall health of the community.
“Having flowers at home can improve your mood and reduce stress,” she said. “I think the ‘back to basics’ movement includes celebrating community, fresh, healthy food, and locally grown flowers to enjoy.”
Woodland Creations is also a juror of the PA Wilds Center.
Visit “Woodland Creations” on Facebook and Instagram. The website can be found at www.wcblooms.com.