Shady Grove Gardens
Contact: Susan Wright & Brent Cochran
Address: P.O. Box 8 Vilas, NC, 28692
Email Address:
Phone: 828-297-4098
About Us
ABOUT OUR FLOWER FARM: Most of our farm is in Ashe Co. NC. Our flower studio, house plus nursery are in Zionville, NC (Watauga Co.) Brent and Susan farm 5ac. with 3 High Tunnels and one propagation and one seedling house.

WEDDINGS and cut flowers are our only business. We grow all our own flowers, giving your wedding a unique sense of place and style you will get nowhere else. We describe our floral style as seasonal, vintage, rustic, abundant, natural, organic.

As a part of the 'Slow Flowers' movement we are members of the Specialty Cut Flower Growers Association, Field to Vase and Farmer Florist groups. Only 20% of flowers used in the USA, are grown in this country, we are working very hard to change that. We hope you will support us.

We recycle and reuse wherever possible.
We start our own transplants, cut flower seedlings and most perennials. All without a heated greenhouse.
There are no factory hothouse flowers here. We choose flowers that fit into this environment.
We own and care for 100 acres. Farming on only 5 acres, and live on less than 2. The rest of our 100 acres are in woodland, some are in old fields, used to attract beneficial insects and birds. All are lightly managed for non-game wildlife, especially birds. We spend time every year removing invasive non-native plants, along with habitat management for a few rare species.
We hope you will support our farm, for our conservation mission, as well as our great flowers and plants.
Looking for Locally and Sustainably grown flowers?
Our growing practices have changed very little since we started in 1986. So we don't get too excited over buzzwords like 'sustainable'. However, that is how we grow everything! We were green before there was another meaning to 'Green'.
We grow all our own flowers using organic methods, although we've never filled out the paperwork to get certified. Our vegetables are self- certified organic.
If you are looking for local flowers, we are it. Don't be fooled by 'local florist' or websites that claim to be farms. Regardless, of their claims their flowers are not grown right here in the High Country mountains. 'We are your Local Flower Farmers.'
Our flowers are pesticide free. We use biological controls for pest and diseases.