Helen Skiba, Owner
Farmette Flowers is owned and operated by Helen Skiba, a Colorado native, former English major, and returned Peace Corps Volunteer. She is a dedicated grower and tender of soil, and brings a background in soil science and poetry to her field work, as well as a passion for intricate color and texture in her designs. Helen developed her design style as an intern at the Lyons Farmette, and at Floret, one of the nation’s leading farmer-florist operations. She holds a Master’s of Agriculture from Colorado State University, where she completed her thesis in combination with her Peace Corps service in an indigenous community in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Farmette Flowers is a boutique flower farm and design studio.
We are a group of passionate young farmers with an exuberant love for the land we grow on. We grow unique and hard-to-find varieties for our wedding work, for our flower share members, and for local business customers. We are committed to organic techniques, reducing the waste so common in the floral industry, and to our stewardship of the land. We grow and design for over 60 weddings per year, and we offer custom bouquet subscriptions, as well as paper-wrapped bouquets at the St. Vrain Market in Lyons. This is a happy place.
As designers, we favor wild, loose, organic-looking bouquets and arrangements that arch and sweep out of their containers and call attention to the complex designs of nature herself. We like our flowers to look like they have just been picked - because they have! Because we grow our own material, we are intimately familiar with how the plant grows, and how it looks its best. We can go out to the field for that extra special something, and we can save that one perfect flower for exactly the right spot, and for the right person. We love crafting pieces that embody the spirit of the season.
Our Beautiful Farm
Farmette Flowers is located in Lyons, Colorado. It is nestled in a little pocket of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, which certainly presents its challenges - it's dry, the sun is hot, and the winters are cold. But we love this place deeply and we wouldn't trade it for any other. We make our own compost and compost tea, sow our flowers from seed starting in deep winter, and we plant, cultivate, and harvest everything by hand. It is our privilege and our pleasure to do so.