flowers sow urban is an urban cutting garden in Southwest Seattle growing fragrant flowers, lush foliage, and textural elements that reflect our abundant PNW seasons
Owner Agnes P. Cwalina hand selects each seed and bulb planted in her 1/8 acre garden. As soon as flowering branches and narcissus begin blooming, buckets of flowers make their way to local design studios and makers markets. Tulips, dahlias, and mums are the main crops at Flowers sow urban While lesser known seedpods, foliages, and vines add whimsy and intrigue.
The design studio offers garden inspired creations that celebrate the botanical diversity of our region. Through hands on workshops and U-Pick flower sessions Agnes shares the beauty of her garden.
Originally from New York City Agnes was mesmerized by the lush greenery and maritime climate of the Pacific Northwest and quickly plunged into vegetable gardening. Over the years she's worked on city garden projects, farms, and her own balcony gardens. Moving from apartment to apartment her seed stash followed and seedlings were always growing in any available nook. Once convinced of rooting down in the PNW the search for her own garden began, first by growing in neighbors' front yards and currently in her White Center garden.
cultivating not only flowers, agnes considers the entire lifecycle in her garden; starting with compost made from last year’s plants feeding new seedlings, harvesting blooms for customers while drying and preserving pods stems and roots, and what doesn’t make it to market, feeds the compost bin for future garden beds. in addition agnes spends her time advocating for the regional floral industry, maintaining gardens around the city, and sharing the abundance from her small plot of land.
agnes originally named her business after the first gardening tool she was given, a hori hori, a Japanese hand tool that translates to ‘dig dig.’ the business name referenced agnes’ beginnings as a gardener and her commitment to growing the majority of the flowers she uses for design work. however, over time she realized she was appropriating a Japanese item and having no ties to that culture knew she had to take action on this mistake, hence the new business name: Flowers sow urban. This name reflects her commitment to growing in the city, respecting the land and soil she grows on, as well as the transparency portrayed in her words and actions every day.
If you are a designer, gardener, or just want to geek out about local flowers, get in touch!