For business owner April Lemly, farmer and florist go hand-in-hand.
Lemly’s business Kamama Flowers (pronounced Ka-mama) started in 2014 with a few urban gardens in Portland, Ore., where Lemly ran a flower CSA delivering arrangements to local homes and businesses.
When she and partner Sean O’Neill, who owns Peninsula Taproom, moved the farm to Agnew in 2017, she also planted the seeds for her business.
Kamama flowers is an organic flower farm with a full service studio and also operates a flower bar in Peninsula Taproom, 210 W. Washington St. In the Taproom, the flower bar is on the left side of the building with two wooden shelves holding a variety of flower arrangements, plants and candles for sale.
The business also offers services for special events, such as weddings and corporate gatherings, special orders, flower deliveries and monthly workshops.
Lemly said she is part of a network of flower farmers throughout the Pacific Northwest and strives to be as local and seasonal as possible with her products.
For Lemly, flowers are more than just a display piece.
“Flowers are an extension of your table,” she said.
Lemly said the name of her business “Kamama” is the Cherokee word for butterfly, paying homage to her mother and grandmother, the women in her life who influenced her love for gardening.
Lemly said she has always been a gardener and when she needed an outlet from working behind a computer at her day job as a graphic designer, she started doing floral arrangements. It was then that O’Neill suggested she look into starting a business.
When it comes to creating her mixed bouquets, Lemly describes her florist style as garden-based, whimsical and energetic. She said her bouquets are seasonal and different every week.
In the summer, she expects to have sunflowers, in the fall pumpkin succulents and in the winter everything from roses to poinsettias, to name a few seasonal products.
Lemly said any of the flowers on display in the Taproom are for sale and can be paid for at the cash register or money can be left in a tin can on one of the flower bar shelves. She said she usually is at the flower bar from 12-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
She hopes to offer vocational opportunities to high school students who are interested in volunteering on a farm as well as field trips for children.
“It’s important to me to give back,” Lemly said.
For more information about Kamama Flowers, visit the business website at www.kamamaflowers.com.
To contact Lemly, call 360-775-8810 or email email@example.com.