Emma Strandell has always enjoyed flowers and you can thank her grandmas on both sides of the family for that. Strandell has been bringing her business “Emma’s Cottage Garden” down to the Chewelah Farmers Market for seven years – showcasing her collection of cold-hardy and drought-tolerant perennials.
“My grandmothers let me realize how great flowers are with their variety and beauty,” Strandell said. “I’ve always had a garden and enjoyed growing.”
Emma’s Cottage Garden consists of an acre of active garden, as Emma begins her process at the beginning of April, beginning with 300 plants in the spring. Along with taking care of those plants, she takes seeds and roots from those plants and propagates them to make even more stock.
“It’s a lot of time to really take care of all that volume,” Strandell said.
Emma has enjoyed the Chewelah Farmers Market as it gives her an outlet in front of the community.
“It’s a local way to market our plants and it’s a fun way to meet people and talk to them about what we love,” Strandell said.
Located in Valley, Strandell can also take calls at 937-4075 for plants, and she also sometimes tries to bring down bouquets to the Farmers Market on Friday.
“I enjoy the ability to be creative and like to create flower beds,” Strandell said.
By Brandon Hansen/The Independent Staff