abilify weight gain side effects xenical weight loss stories xenical success medicstar reviews for fifty mavidol sl 30mg adderall order alli online noroxine posologie maxilase cialis generico dove comprare viagra seller reviews hoodia weight loss patches disgrasil pills why does it take for my cialis to work geriforte syrup reviews canada pharmicy with no procription duloxetine side effects haldol dosage for agitation suprax cefixime side effects cialis soft tab review viagra for men price viagra cost per pill walgreens where to buy cheap brand viagra kamagrashop nlrb caffeine pills vs coffee authentic drug store long term effects of prednisone yasminelle online to buy diflukin without a rx order witout prescription perlutex information literacy kemadrin 5mg cialis fluconazole 100mg tablet safe way to byi viagra online rxdiler store fixtures erection pills elimite permethrin over the counter doxycap 100mg diphenhydramine buy ondansetron online order gabapentin online uk abilify patient assistance programs insulin injection sites evista side effects medomycin doxycycline 100mg viramune medication tabletten oynanan oyunlar 3 furosemide 20 mg en espanol auscap side effects ear ringing amiloride hctz name brand rapidtabs reviews for fifty levaquin 500mg levofloxacin antibiotics contraindications overnight celexa delivery seroquel side effects in the elderly indian pharmacies online wellbutrin xl side effects reviews buy viagra in ontario viagra no prescription needed levitra ordering pletal side effects cilostazol clomid donde puedo comprar promethazine tablets 25 mg phenergan dosage for children dose chlamydia pneumoniae symptoms prevacid vs prilosec for babies dr reddy finasteride buy sureway henderson ky coupons aurochem sildenafil citrate 100mg canada ampicillin citrate test e coli klebsiella generic viagra sale cheap lasuna other namens differin cream no prescription white blood cell count bystolic 10 mg for sale online indinavir contraindications for nitroglycerin bactrim side effects in children los algodones purple pharmacy prices dapoxetine hcl 60 mg zopiclone side effects where is the safest plac us based online pharmacy for zofran walgreens vs walmart on viagra stromectol ivermectin scabies infestation buy ventolin inhalers without script normopresan side effects colchicine for sale at usa elavil information for migraines permethrin insecticide concentrate cvs pharmacy online lisinopril 20mg with out perscription keflex 500 mg used for cialis viagra online from canada ritalin weight loss adults tadalafil megalis 20 anxiety disorders association of america clindamicina ovulos indicaciones fluoxetine 20 mg prozac claravis user reviews fosamax 70mg cost retirides 0 025 in fractions form bystolic 5 mg tablets sumycin syrup bottles canadian medicines online phexin capsules ssri online cymbalta over the counter nexium side effects weight gain clenbuterol side effects drug phenergan dosage yasmin birth control magnesium chloride flakes viagra online package procalisx reviews on fifty free lasaoren removal what is mexitil medication synthyroid no rx free shipping best prices on cialis in toronto prozac free sample diroton 5mg indomethacin 25mg gout gun control issues in mexico seroxat 20mg prospect cheapest ivermectin for horses mexitil mexiletine hydrochloride 100mg viagra meijer pharmacy prednisolone for dogs no prescription aristocort cream 0.5 best depression medication levothyroxine in the uk quetiapine accord 25 mg viagra probe kostenlos torsemide vs furosemide generic viagra using mastercard seroquel and weight gain dose where to buy misoprostol in malaysia bactrim ds dosage mrsa phenergan overnight delivery viramune 200mg zoloft order lasix 40 mg without prescription progesterone side effects ivf optimmune ophthalmic ointment for dogs side effects buy albenza buy bactroban uk blue mountain pharmacy celecoxib 200mg cost lisinopril hctz side effects cough doxycycline for acne free female viagra samples bystolic 5 mg cost order ambien from canada tantalum capacitors surface mount atepros generic name viagra 3 day shipping cheap propecia online viagra rezeptfrei aus deutschland fluconazole diflucan and alcohol awc discount purchase levitra and viagra viagra tablets price in india what is amitriptylinehcl vidalta carbimazole treatment comprar viagra pfizer 50 mg buy qsymia online no prescription furolin medication for anxiety list pills get you high tinidazole treatment doctors prescribe antabuse cheap viagra master card payment tylenol with codeine vs vicodin entocort maximum dosage forum propecia review doxycycline hyclate price increase obetrol tablet comparison lantus without rx sotalol et viagra most reliable site to buy cialis implicane sertralina efectos orlistat 60 for sale lasix online uk vicodin vs percocet vs oxycodone buy cialis south africa champix smoking cessation side effects cheapest prozac online finpecia free shipping cialis generic levitra viagra tadarise pro 20 reviews feldene flash indications avodart generic equivalent trental medication for stroke xeloda chemo pills side effects valium money pak how long viagra last voltaren gel for arthritis biaxin clarithromycin viagra ajanta phenergan no rx primox plus size amerimedrx fake id joint pain birth control pills buy cipmox advantage real estate laramie cheap viagra online cheapest clozapine cyclidox capsules for nespresso flonase side effects in adults albenza 200 mg dose rimadyl for dogs medication pilex from himalaya losartan potassium 100 mg side effects viagra getpharma the real pharmacy topamax and alcohol cravings vosteran search provider asthma action plan for children proventil hfa inhaler dosage buy paxil online from usa vistaril dosage for allergies abilify canadian mail away generic testosterone how can i buy levitra no prescription zyban online canada amerimedrx reviews of 50 danazol for bodybuilding buspar medication drug class nimesulide tablets use cialis dosage daily vs 36 hour zoloft side effects first week gabapentin without a prescription needles for novolog flexpen coupons valtrex herpes cure injectable toradol for migraines buy nonpersciption peractin cicloferon aciclovir tabletas sertraline medication suprax online in united states seller viagra proventil inhaler medication price haldol dosage range octreotide injection sites indian generic cialis bentyl dosage in children obetrol tablet cases clomid side effects clomid success rate tiotropium bromide inhalation powder generic drugs actos diabetes drug premarin 1 25 amerimedrx cialis side levitra online meds buy levitra usa fluoxetine for sale www onlinepharmacywww com best over the counter erection pills insurance company ratings comparison arthritis in the knee natural remedies erectalis tadalafil 10mg exclusive viagra coupon where to buy prevacid 30 mg overnight brand viagra cialis over the counter in france buy nolvadex online advantage flea control cats avelox generic substitute sibutramine diet pills tamoxifen side effects weight gain primatene mist sale canada amoxicillin dosage for sinus infection price tadalafil bulk when will viagra be generic in the us nitrazepam 5mg tablets luvox medication treatment rimadyl 25mg generic lidocaine ointment usp 5 for back pain buy inderal with mastercard buy prozac in uk online pharmacies legal drugs in canada fucidin ointment treatment wounds zyloprim contraindications for tpa provigil online pharmacy review generic cialis online reviews list of all pills that get you high side effects of careprost for lashescarprofen provigil coupons offers buy thailand xenical zofran pregnancy side effects cialis street value citrate magnesium prep for colonoscopy zyvoxid priceline esquina singapore review progynova 1mg kamagra without prescription vytorin cholesterol drug 10/20 viagra online mexico erexin capsules yohimbe root brand viagra online premarin cream side effects risk pulmicort side effects in toddlers amitriptyline no rx needed buy liquid prednisone for cats best buy canada drugs colchicine amsa fast reviews 10 mg finasteride tesco pharmacy viagra adderall medication pictures accutane buy pharma viagra liquid crestor generic brand pharmacy europe rx ventolin asthma inhaler verapamil er 180mg progesterone cream for fertility medomycin antibiotics for sinus unicure conditioner hair & skin xatral 10 mg tablet viagra andorra prozac and weight gain side effects lose weight cenveo envelope scottdale pa lexapro generic 2012 ezetimibe simvastatin 10 40 prevacid vs prilosec doctor amantadina paracetamol amiloride diuretics for high blood pilexil capsulas de moringa india online pharmacy medications canadian neighborhood pharmacy review fungsi provera where do ibuy clomid online with viagra viagra gel para hombres buy imigran recovery cheap thyroxine dapoxetine and sildenafil buy zopiclone online uk pergotime gravidanza generic stendra for sale drug stores that carry esomeprazole septra antibiotic for acne treatment captopril 50 mg what is it for venlafaxine side effects weight gain lasixs water pill ingredients pinamox 250mg to ml lesofat pills price cialis softgel yasminelle pill diabecon himalaya products online gerneric 150 viraga ospamox 500mg amoxicillin oxazepam side effects drugstore cowboy full movie cholesterol medications list inderal and weight gain meclizine 25 mg no prescription amermycin capsule hotel nuvigil vs provigil for ms fatigue robaxin dosages effexor and weight gain effexor side effects terbutaline for dogs dosage buying cytotec online potassium chloride water softener prednisolone acetate ophthalmic side effects cialis o levitra yahoo ramipril 5mg octreotide drip treatment pulmicort respules side effects in adults how long do elavil withdrawal symptoms last cialis for women reviews where to buy thyroid meds hoodia weight loss patch free trial glucophage 500mg tablet benemid medication information lisinopril no script meds donepezil side effects nuvigil treatment fosamax side effects geriforte ingredients in meth metoprolol succ er 25 mg tab side effects trileptal medication oxcarbazepine naprosyn 500 mg tabsnaproxen how to order amlodipine on line viagra gel sachets furosemide online uk cenveo corporation chicago availabilty elavil canada obetrol drug olanzapine tablets side effects finasteride tablets for sale motrin 800 ibuprofen cost canadian pharmacy no presc cephalexin monohydrate side effects brand name synthroid no prescription adipex reviews medication buy cialis without doctor prescription cheap viagra next day delivery premarin side effects in men antivert 25mg buylowdrugs coupon code duitse levitra and viagra asthma treatment hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg online cuckold creek hollywood md real estate what is fertomid clomid cheap medicines online arthritis of the spine treatment increasing sperm count with diet lotrel side effects weight gain buy novolog insulin online catafast powder game indinavir crystals in ears what is eprostol used for doxepin side effects for dogs sunsuria avenue badminton court in manila cheap arimidex no rx terramycin ophthalmic ointment for newborn babies tantalum price per pound amphetamine side effects rocket lawyer complaints medicine to buy in india buy cheap viagra online usa hyzaar side effects candan viagr latisse coupons buy one get one free mirapex restless leg syndrome side effects rui liquidex dosage metformin hydrochloride 500 mg pentrexyl 500mg side effects keftab medication administration prednisone without prescription mebendazole side effects in dogs canesoral duong moduretic amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide neurocet availability of train order paroxetine without prescription imagenes de futbol femenino con frases doxinyl succinate definition buy nolvadex online no prescription walmart pharmacy online pharmacy trental medication for dogs levofloxacin 750 mg dose lamisil cream ringworm nolvadex shipped to canada viagra online contrassegno cipla seroflo viagra extreme buy fincar online review united states percocet canadian pharmacy zoloft for anxiety disorder xenical roche buy isoface online prozac dosages medication dilantin levels ornidazole dispersible tablets formulations clomiphene side effects in men plavix generic equivalent canada online pharmacy viagra cialis marcumar drug parrocchiamodigliana it flonase otc equivalent namibia university lantus insulin pen diabetes nizagara pills healthy man viagra review finpecia from india online diovan hct side effects sun sensitivity tretinoin cream 0.025 acne zenegra reviews of fifty carafate medication cancer buspirone recreational use topamax weight loss topamax bipolar voltaren gel 1 uses viagra generic rezeptfrei paypal viagra in canada zoloft and pregnancy studies depakote er vs depakote dr prandin generic form comprar viagra tarjeta debito buy dihydrocodeine online mirapex dosage dose betacin 25mg ephedrine wholesale viagra pills viagra for sale in the uk pink pill for women viagra does medicare cover cialis for bhp healthy man viagra ad abilify coupons printable optimmune ointment for dogs eyes viagra in tanzania renova cream order xm where to buy cialis duvadilan indications pregnancy hace falta receta para comprar viagra magnesium supplements for leg cramps rx pills direct propecia paypal unisom overdose amount how to buy clomiphene citrate norfloxacin medication doctor rabeprazole side effects doctor pravachol generic or brand buy levothyroxine online for cheap acyclovir 200 mg pfizer news 2015 finasteride 5mg cost nebivolol hcl buy lasix overnight no rx buy generic viagra fast delivery
Share this page on facebook
Good Living
The garden is their pallette PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 00:00

Artists Jamie Bertsch (left in photo) and Courtney Joy Stevens create artworks of dazzling color and texture from the cornucopia of flowers they grow on a Waubeka farm.

    Courtney Joy Stevens and Jamie Bertsch are trained artists whose palette is the colorful field of flowers they lovingly tend at a Waubeka farm throughout the year.

    It’s a palette they use to create stunning arrangements for their business, which is appropriately named flower & bee.

    Their arrangements, created in a barn turned studio, are composed with an eye toward nature — more rustic and bohemian than formal — but still reflect their art background.

    “You’re still playing with color and texture and depth and scale,” said Stevens. “I really enjoy painting, and I feel like I’m still doing something very artistic but with the garden as a huge palette.”

    Bertsch added, “This is a great creative outlet.”

    To understand how they got to this point, you have to understand where they came from.

    Bertsch, 29, is a native of Campbellsport whose family had a hobby farm, while Stevens, 30, is a Waukesha native. They met when they were art students at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

    Bertsch, who today lives in Port Washington, went on to earn her master of fine arts degree in fiber arts at UW-Milwaukee. She teaches in the fiber arts program at UWM’s Peck School of the Arts.

    After earning her degree, Stevens, who lives on the Waubeka farm, went to work on an organic farm in Osceola through the Americorps program.

    “I didn’t know anything about farming, but it was so nice to be outside working,” she said. “After that, I would go from one farm to the next, going to farms that had something interesting that I wanted to learn.”

    She spent time at an organic flower and vegetable farm in Maine and then went to Italy, where she worked on a farm, complete with olive trees, grapes and livestock, that also operated a bed-and-breakfast inn.

    “It was pretty dreamy,” Stevens said. “I feel like they really appreciated the aesthetics of farming.”

    When she returned to Wisconsin in 2013, she and Bertsch reconnected and the inevitable question of “What are you doing?” led to the idea of starting a flower farm and creating beautiful arrangements that reflect nature and satisfy their creative talent.

    “This is a new, energizing concept for us to work with,” Bertsch said. “As artists, you’re always hungry for the next process, the next thing to do.

    “Flower & bee became that next collaborative piece for us.”

    The women distributed fliers in Milwaukee advertising their search for a half-acre to rent so they could grow flowers, and eventually found themselves with an old cornfield in West Bend.

    “We were determined,” Stevens said.

    They picked rocks from the field and started their flowers in the kitchen of the Cedarburg house where Bertsch lived at the time. As they grew, the flowers made their way into a greenhouse in her back yard before being transplanted into the West Bend field.

    It was hard work — Bertsch’s husband Joe bought a backpack for watering, and they would tend to each plant by hand — but the women had a successful season, selling their floral arrangements at the West Bend farmers market.

    “We always wanted floral design to be our main way of getting flowers to people,” Stevens said. “We took them to the West Bend market and would sell them at a very generous price. It was a good first-year learning experience.”

    “If that first year hadn’t been so good, it wouldn’t have been as easy to continue,” Bertsch added.

    At the West Bend market, Bertsch and Stevens met Anna Metscher of Wild Ridge farm, who, in turn, introduced them to Paul and Linda Thomas. The Thomas’ own the roughly 85-acre Waubeka organic farm where Wild Ridge grows its crops and where flower & bee now grows thousands of flowers on about a half acre of land, starting them in a greenhouse on the property.

    “We were open to a new situation,” Stevens said, adding that they’ve become more efficient in their new home, using fabric barriers to help eliminate weeds and an irrigation system.

    They now grow about 200 varieties of flowers, most of them annuals, although they are trying to build up their perennial offerings.    

    “We just grow what we like,” Stevens said. “There are so many varieties of flowers.”

    Their favorites include dahlias, poppies, sunflowers, cosmos,  zinnias and snapdragons.

    They grow foxglove — it’s the flower featured in their logo — strawflowers, scabiosa, hyacinth beans, feverfew, jewels of Opar, nicotiana and nigella.

    The varieties they grow include not only traditional ones in colors typically seen but others that are more unusual, such as small, pink poppies.

    Grasses, such as bunny tail with its soft fuzzy ends, and grains such as amaranth and quinoa are used to fill in arrangements.

    In spring, a friend of theirs offers them peonies from her 100-year-old plants, and they also are working with a community supported agriculture farm in Cecil to obtain flowers past the local growing season.

    The first year, the women did arrangements for four weddings, including one for a close friend.

    “We brought every flower from our field,” Stevens said. Among the showpieces was an archway fashioned with quinoa flowers, which vary from peach to deep purple.

    Last year, they did 20 weddings, and this year they expect to do 28.

    In addition to weddings, they also do arrangements for parties and gatherings. They have also partnered with a CSA to offer flower shares.

     The women said they try not to overthink their arrangements but to let nature direct it.

    “It’s best not to think too much,” Bertsch said. “You go with the flow and evolve with it.”

    But as much as they enjoy making the arrangements, it’s Wednesdays when they cut their flowers that bring the women their greatest joy as they watch the wildlife nurtured by their garden — monarchs, hummingbirds, goldfinches and bees that flit throughout the field and cranes and herons that fly overhead.

    “Sometimes I feel that’s the real reason for doing it,” Stevens said. “I get a lot of joy from just that.”

    Nature is their inspiration, Bertsch said.

    “To see everything bloom and show its color, the way the colors mix and blend — we get a lot of inspiration here,” she said.         And through their arrangements, they help bring that inspiration and appreciation for nature to others.

    “It heightens people’s awareness of how interesting and interconnected the natural world is,” Stevens said. “I think that’s what art is, something to make people appreciate their surroundings.”

    Bertsch added,” There’s an interconnectedness to it all. The world makes sense when you see these things all connected together.”

<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next > End >>

Page 8 of 314