July 1st Marks the Start of American Grown Flowers and Foliage Month

Washington, DC – July 1st marks the first day of American Grown Flowers and Foliage Month (AGFM), a month-long celebration of cut flower and foliage farms throughout the country. In its fifth year, the month celebrates the contributions of cut flower and foliage farmers, their families, and their teams that work hard to bring high-quality, domestically grown products to consumers and to recognize the economic and cultural impacts provided to communities and the country, alike.

Annually sponsored by Certified American Grown (CAG) and its members, the celebration of American Grown Flowers and Foliage Month has been recognized through a Congressional resolution marking the month as a U.S. celebration. Additionally, retailers around the country are celebrating with special promotions and activities. Farms are hosting special events and workshops, selling unique and celebratory bouquets, and consumers are encouraged to support homegrown farms by looking for the Certified American Grown seal when purchasing flowers and foliage for their homes, offices, events and celebrations, throughout the month, and all year long.

Rita Jo Shoultz, Certified American Grown Board Chair and Alaska peony farmer notes, “Our American cut flower and foliage farms provide not only beauty and bounty for people to enjoy, but we are providing jobs in our communities – on our farms, for our distributors and retailers. This month celebrates and recognizes the importance of buying flowers and foliage grown right here at home, in the United States.  We grow flowers and foliage in every state in the country and we hope when people are making their purchases they truly make the important decision of buying homegrown.”

Information about American Grown Flower and Foliage Month events, activities and promotions can be found on the web at www.americangrownflowers.org and will be shared on social media channels, @americangrownflowers, or using the hashtag, #americangrownflowermonth. Anyone celebrating the month with events, promotions, activities, or with gorgeous American grown flowers and foliage are encouraged to share on their social channels as well.

Some of the select activities from throughout the month include:

  • Retailers are offering special promotions – SpartanNash (Midwest) markets will be celebrating AGFM with special bouquets, signage, patriotic displays and more. 
  • Many wholesalers are offering special direct arrangements and bouquets – DVFlora (East Coast) and Florabundance (West Coast) are offering special wholesale promotions of Certified American Grown flowers and foliage. 
  • Farms are celebrating with direct shipping promotions and activities:
    • Albin Hagstrom & Son (Florida) is launching new garlands available for purchase directly from the farm. 
    • Harmony Harvest Farm (Virginia) is hosting farm tours, DIY floral workshops and more. 
    • The Alaska Peony Celebration will be held from July 9-24 in Homer, Alaska. 
    • And much, much more!

Everyone is encouraged to celebrate American Grown Flower and Foliage Month by ensuring that purchases made support homegrown farms and communities. Look for the Certified American Grown seal during the month-long celebration and all year long!

About Certified American Grown. Certified American Grown represents a unified and diverse coalition of U.S. cut flower and foliage farms, including small to large entities in all seven districts of the country. Certified American Grown flower and foliage farms participate in an independent, third-party supply-chain audit to verify both origin and assembly of the flowers and foliage they grow. When it appears on bouquets, bunches and other packaging or store signage, the Certified American Grown logo gives consumers confidence in the source of their cut flowers and foliage and assures them their purchases come from a domestic American flower or foliage farm. For more information about Certified American Grown, visit americangrownflowers.org.