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Melissa Lafontaine, owner of Earth Within Flowers
MEET MELISSA

Melissa is a floral designer, flora-gardener and educator living in Missoula, Montana. She combines her background in herbalism, flower-farming and MSc. in Environmental Education in her designs and teaching. Melissa's work is seasonally expressed and has been described as detail oriented, delicate and natural. She believes in supporting the local environment and farmers by sourcing blooms and foliage from local and regional farmers and ethically harvesting from wild and natural areas. We have a bountiful selection of flowers in our Northwest climate that compliments the aesthetic of the surrounding environment.

Dog wearing a floral neck wreath
MEET YARROW

Yarrow is the newest addition to the our team. He was rescued from a meat market in South Korea and brought to a shelter in Thompson Falls, Montana where we snatched him up. Yarrow, a native Montana wildflower, means warrior of courage and protection. Yarrow is super gentle, full of personality and loves to chew on pine cones and woody flowers in the studio.

Our Mission

WHY CHOOSE LOCAL?

We believe in supporting local Montana as well as organic floriculture by sourcing blooms from Northwest farmers, our cutting garden and wild-foraging from surrounding natural areas.

Our Commitment

• THE ENVIRONMENT

*Source seasonal blooms from local Montana and domestic farmers
*Compost flower waster during the design process
*Offer re-usable vase options for rental if desired
*Ethically harvest foliage from the natural environment
*Express the Language of Flowers, sharing the symbolism and healing benefits of the blooms
*Source supplies from local resources

• FLOWER JUSTICE

Seasonal, local Montana flowers represent the beauty of the present environment and they also tackle issues of social and environmental justice, one bud at a time.

Please visit the Fairness in Flowers Toolkit by the International Labor Rights Forum to learn more about the mainstream floral industry. SlowFlowers.com offers a wonderful directory of local florists and farmers across the USA!

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