Farmette Flowers is a boutique flower farm and design studio in Lyons, Colorado.
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 People
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.
Kim Watters, Lead Designer
After working as a Farmette intern, Kim grew into her role as design partner quickly and effortlessly. She uses a background in beadwork to find the perfect color combinations for her fascinating, lively bouquets, her large-scale ceremony arrangements, and her favorites - boutonnières, wristlets, and crowns - the "tiny things" that make every wedding special. She is someone who understands how a certain color can make two people feel entirely different things. If you hear a squeal, it's probably Kim with a tiny, tiny flower in her hand. Someday, she'll have her own flower farm, with all the tiniest flowers, and a field full of only baby animals.
Our interns are an integral part of our farm, and we love sharing our life with them each summer. Learn more about our internship program here.
Our Beautiful Farm
Farmette Flowers is located at the Lyons Farmette, where we are lucky to be part of the great wedding venues run by Betsy Burton and Mike Whipp. 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.