CCD Member Profile: Modern West Floral Company

Carbondale Creative District member profile: Modern West Floral Company

Modern West Floral Company is a floral design and [beginning!] flower farm in Carbondale, Colorado. Founded in 2015 by Tara Abbaticchio and Vanessa Gilbert, the duo seeks to create a floral design studio that uses only Colorado grown flora [and other American grown when necessary] to help decorate local special occasions while highlighting our unique and seasonal landscape aesthetic here in the Roaring Fork Valley. From weddings and business events to baby showers and birthdays, Modern West Floral creates divine natural, native and unique florals that focus on sustainability as well as the simple beauty of the architecture and form of each botanical. 

Throughout our first year, we decided that the best way to provide the most fresh and sustainably sourced materials is to grow and harvest our own. MWFC has a small farm plot just outside of town where we tested out various flowers this year in preparation for a farm expansion that began this fall. We also have a partnership with RFTA to maintain a garden within the Rio Grande right of way in Carbondale. You might have seen subtle changes in the space behind the Carbondale Clay Center this summer - that's us! We just finished sheet mulching a larger area and adding a path through the garden in preparation for planting a public garden space next year. We plan to plant more bulbs, perennials, and shrubs in the spring of 2017 for the public to enjoy! The RFTA partnership and other small garden design projects allow us to use our design backgrounds [both Tara and Vanessa have a college education in Landscape Architecture] and have another testing ground for growing and designing with our local landscape. With a successful season of weddings, home deliveries, and business clients under our belt, we are super excited for our farm expansion and for another year [and hopefully many more] of creating beauty with the materials our landscape provides! We're proud to offer a local source for floral design - flowers are a simple way to make all of us smile, and we strongly believe that shipping them from around the world to your table is not the way!

While our cut flower season here in Carbondale is seasonally limited, we are working with a Montrose farm to offer locally grown holiday decor  - check out for our winter offerings!