A Visit to Dragonfly Dreams Flower Farm in Lamar, MO

I finally got to visit Dragonfly Dreams Flower Farm in Lamar, Missouri this week.  The fact that I got to visit during Amercian Flowers Week made it even more special.

When I first pulled up to the farm it looked straight out of a magazine with picturesque blooming fields, a quaint cabin, and a roadside flower stand that operates on the honor system.  Diana Hopkins and her husband have been farming the land for about 5 years. She takes pride in the fact that all her flowers are grown from seed and that she has devised a unique irrigation system to an area of the fields that do not have water access.

My tour included the sun drenched fields of sunflowers, zinnias, laceflowers, daisies, and roses.  Further back on the property included the hosta garden, a taste of the tropicals, and beautifully scented lilies. With all the beauty this farm has Diana has big plans for the future and continues to learn the industry and incorporate new practices. She is a member of http://www.slowflowers.com and has written for local publications to promote American Flowers Week and how people can support their local cut flower farmer. Enjoy these beautiful images I took at the farm and Happy American Flowers Week!!

Andrea K. Grist

http://www.dragonflydreamsff.webs.com, http://www.slowflowers.com, http://www.americanflowersweek.com, http://www.andreakgristfloralart.com




Some dishes I picked up from a thrift store after my visit to the farm provided some great place settings.


Beautiful Missouri grown flowers from Dragonfly Dreams Flower Farm.



A view out onto the property from the flower fields. So pretty!



Look closely and you will see the dragonfly everywhere on this lovely farm.



Some florals created with the beautiful flowers from Dragonfly Dreams Flower Farm.



Diana from Dragonfly Dreams visiting the fields.


My visit during American Flowers Week could not have happened at a better time.


This darling cabin is the first thing I spotted when pulling into the farm.


The Beauty of Green

This blog comes to you on St. Patrick’s Day so the color of the day is green. Green is often around us so much that it becomes the background and not the star. For today, we celebrate green. Enjoy!

When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy, And the dimpling stream runs laughing by; When the air does laugh with our merry wit, And the green hill laughs with the noise of it.
-William Blake
Andrea K. Grist


All Photography Copyright 2017- Andrea K. Grist

Andrea K. Grist Flower Adventures-Myriad Botanical Gardens

When traveling one of the things I enjoy the most is coming across a place that I had no idea existed.  On a recent road trip from Kansas City to Amarillo I hopped on my phone at a rest stop and started searching for something I could do about half way through the trip just to get out of the car,rest, and recharge. The result was the beautiful Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City.

I knew that I was visiting off season and that particular day it was pouring rain but the conservatory looked like a fun adventure. I was so glad I stopped to see this beautiful place. I am including some of the photos I took there, along with some visitor information at the bottom of the post.  Enjoy!!

Andrea K. Grist    http://www.andreakgristfloralart.com

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The centerpiece of the 15-acre Myriad Botanical Gardens is the Crystal Bridge Conservatory, home to thousands of beautifully displayed tropical and desert plantings. Within the 13,000 square feet, you will discover 750 varieties of plants, a cascading waterfall and a sky bridge to experience stunning views into the tropical forest.

Its unique design has earned attention and praise in the architectural community. It is 224 feet long, 70 feet in diameter, and is covered by 3,028 sections of translucent, double-layered acrylic panels. The Conservatory includes 13,000 square feet of plant display area in two distinct climates: the Tropical Wet Zone, which is at the south end and is watered daily; and the Tropical Dry Zone at the north end which receives water from April through September, followed by drought from November through March. Some 750 varieties of plants and multiply waterfalls cascading from a total of 35 feet round out the spectacular features of the Conservatory.

-Description courtesy of http://www.oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com

All Photography Copyright 2016-Andrea K. Grist

Morning Walks on Nantucket

My flower adventures recently took me to the island of Nantucket. I was on the floral design team for Soiree Floral owned by Dawn Kelly.  This amazing floral team creates beautiful seaside weddings in some of the most amazing locations I have seen.

The days are spent working hard and almost always into the night as well but I found a bit of time to walk the beautiful historic downtown areas early in the morning before the rush of the ferries and tourists.  Textured cobblestones and bursts of color from the window boxes are amazing.  Everywhere I looked was history and remnants of time gone by. Enjoy!

Andrea K. Grist



Andrea K. Grist Flower Adventures-Texas

On a recent adventure to Texas I was able to be part of a design team at Parie Designs in Amarillo, Texas to help create beautiful florals for two amazing weddings.  Along with this amazing opportunity I was able to visit Bear Creek Farms in Stillwater, OK and see the amazing flowers they grow for their local Oklahoma floral designers.

One of the surprises on this trip was to be able to visit Palo Duro Canyon and help set up a beautiful wedding at the base of this amazing place.  In all my adventures I had never had the chance to visit and it was a beautiful place for a wedding and also just to gaze. In pure Andrea fashion I was also able to visit to quirky roadside attraction of Cadillac Ranch.  Enjoy!!

Andrea K. Grist

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Andrea K. Grist Flower Adventures-St.Louis

I was recently invited to speak and do a floral art demonstration for the St. Louis Art Museum at their annual Art in Bloom.  This events brings the talents of floral designers and pairs them with works of art, then pairing are on display throughout the weekend.  Workshops, dinners, hand-on, lectures, and children’s activities are all included.

Our visit began with a visit to a local farm, Urban Buds:City Grown Flowers.  Mimo and Miranda are friends and I truly enjoy getting to visit with them and venture through the greenhouses when I am in town.

Other speakers included Debra Prinzing and Carolyne Roehm. Debra is the author of The 50 Mile Bouquet and Slow Flowers, along with a weekly podcast that focuses on American grown flowers. Carolyne is the author of several home and lifestyle books, including her recent At Home in the Garden.

My focus included my inspirations for my recent book Gatherings in Bloom and how friends, family, and the intimate personal moments in our lives can be enriched with flowers. Thank you to the staff and volunteers at the St. Louis Art Museum.  You were all a pleasure and I truly enjoyed my time with you.

Andrea K. Grist



Images courtesy of Tiffany Marie Photography

Spring Tea and Treats

Thank you to Lee’s Summit Lifestyle, Leawood Lifestyle, and Northland Lifestyle magazines for enjoying and sharing our Tea and Treats feature this month.

Often times March is the time when people look forward to the coming of Spring.  However, in this part of the Midwest winter can still pack a punch even in March.  So for the little girls who are eager to get back in those sundresses and play… what is the best solution? Have a party!!

Go ahead and put on those sundresses and head for a fun table filled with tea and treats.  Antique candy dishes hold a mix of sweet and sour yummies. Candied apples and mini cupcakes will do wonders to help chase away the dull days of winter, and help young ladies look forward to sun-filled days ahead.

Spring isn’t very far away and what better way to welcome it than with some both old and new. The table is filled with awesome finds from Henry’s Antiques and As Time Goes By Antiques. Colorful glass candy bowls, vintage hankies, and a ceramic tea set are among them.  Lovely treats from Baked Expressions including a new twist on candied apples by coloring them blue.  Jaime Lyon Art prints of happy owls provide a burst of color. Our girls enjoyed Jelly the Pug fashions and accessories from Hazel and Ollie. Amy Johnson with The Noticed Network shared her amazing space in historic downtown Lee’s Summit for our tea party.  Beautiful images courtesy of Tiffany Marie Photography.  Happy Spring!!

Andrea K. Grist


Andrea K. Grist Floral Designs www.andreakgristfloralart.com

As Time Goes By Antiques www.astimegoesbyantiques.com

Baked Expressions www.bakedexpressions.com

Hazel and Ollie www.hazelandollie.com

Henrys Antiques www.henrysantiques.com

Jaime Lyon Art  www.inflatedjoy.com

Jelly the Pug www.jellythepug.com

Amy Johnson, Certified Life Coach of The Noticed Network www.thenoticednetwork.com

Tiffany Marie Photography www.tiffanymariephotography.com

Lee’s Summit Lifestyle March 2016

Leawood Lifestyle March 2016

Northland Lifestyle March 2016