Earth Within Flowers was born out of a need for more local and natural floral options in the Missoula, Montana community. In the mainstream floral industry, a little of 80% of the flowers used in the United States are farmed in Colombia and Ecuador with pesticides and herbicides illegal in the U.S. and under unethical working conditions. We push back against these practices by embracing Slow Flowers and leaning into the magic and beauty of flowers.
For six years, we’ve pioneered a local movement alongside other florists and farmers across the state. We follow the seasons, sourcing many of our flowers locally and relying on Northwestern growers in warmer climates to supplement our floral stock in the spring and fall. In the winter, we use the flowers we dried during the peak growing seasons. Melissa’s background in herbalism, flower farming, and native plant studies influences our design and teaching.
In all of our business practices–from ethical foraging to our commitment to low-waste–we privilege sustainability over “the easy way,” choosing to support both our local and global communities with all of our creations.