Making room for more blooms
As Mother's Day approaches, Hidden Falls Garden is preparing for the initial opening weekend on May 1.
It is an annual tradition—Kristi Breese officially opens her greenhouses prior to Mother's Day weekend. Recently, Breese moved her business to Powell Butte on Riggs Road and expanded her inventory significantly. She has added two greenhouses, and now has a total of five greenhouses. Breese was previously located on Ochoco Highway, just past the Breese Ranch.
Upon driving up to the property where Breese has recently relocated her business, a panoramic view of the Cascade Mountains greets customers. In addition to the incredible view, a feast of colors awaits their eyes, as they take in the massive number of flowers in Breese's greenhouses.
Breese begins her season in January, when she takes online customer orders. As of now, online orders are no longer available. As Breese walks through Greenhouse One, she points to the variety of bedding plants, including six packs and gallon pots of annuals and perennials. She has 175 roses and a variety of peonies and hydrangeas.
"Every other year I do roses, and this is my year for roses," said Breese.
She has three of every variety in the greenhouse, and more stashed in her #Five greenhouse. She has 2,500 hanging baskets, 1,150 tomato starts, and a large amount of vegetable starts. She has more perennials and annuals than she has ever had in the past. Last year, she was sold out by May 31.
"My sales were through the roof," said Breese of her prior year sales. "I was open a little less than one month. I am hoping—since I have more of everything—so I am hoping I won't run out."
Breese has had to close her online orders early, due to a shipment of flowers that came in first part of February that froze in transit. 75% to 85% of her flower basket crop died and had to be replanted. She did not know at the time if she would get the same replacements when re-ordering. She wanted to be sure to fill the existing orders.
She did get the orders she placed again, but now they are behind in maturity from the other previous orders.
"It was kind of out of my control," she went on to say. "It was just too hard to know, and I had 800 baskets I had to go back through, and I made sure that those people who had ordered, that I got as close as possible to filling theirs and those plugs got replaced first."
In Greenhouse #2, the basket greenhouse, Breese has as many baskets as possible and decorative pots that she can get into the space, with more than 1,000 items in the greenhouse. Breese begins acclimating her flowerpots early in the year, so they are ready and beginning to bloom by Mother's Day. With the watchful eyes and help of her parents, friends and family, Breese has been successful in moving forward with her greenhouses and making the move to this beautiful location in Powell Butte.
Breese has plans to build a home on the property, and breaking ground for the home should begin in June.
Hidden Falls Garden
Owner: Kristi Breese
Address: 9902 SW Riggs Road
Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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