Liisa sets up in front of Black Bear Cafe.
Liisa sets up in front of Black Bear Cafe.

Liisa Allen, owner of Pollenation Cutflowers & Botanicals has just about wrapped up her first season in business on St. Joseph Island.

Liisa, her husband, and their two young boys recently moved to the island, after her husband retired from a career in the military. Although the family enjoyed the travel and living in different countries for work, they are thoroughly enjoying their new life and careers locally.

Lissa who previously had a career as a freelance journalist, is trying her hand at something new. After completing horticultural training with the University of Guelph, she has started a flower farm here on the island, which she uses to create beautiful bouquets.  She was inspired to follow this new path, after living for a year in Estonia and learning to love fresh flowers as they were available there. "I soon realized that treating oneself to flowers wasn’t an indulgence but rather a necessary balm for the soul."

Pollenation Cutflowers & Botanicals started the 2020 season with tulips. Liisa grew thousands of tulips and relied mostly on her subscription clients to purchase those. She spent a great deal of time in June doing contact-less drop offs and deliveries.

The tulips were so popular, Liisa plans to increase her bulb order for next year. Liisa orders thousands of bulbs and seeds at a time. Planning in this business probably takes more time than the planting. She has to make sure she has flowers and foliage in bloom all season long. And not just one variety, but the perfect combination of shapes and colours to compliment each other in the bouquets she creates.

As businesses began to open up later this summer, Liisa could be found selling her bouquets from outside the Black Bear Cafe. Bouquets start around $15 and go up from there, depending on the number of stems you'd like. She also takes orders and offers local delivery. Her cut flower bouquet subscriptions sold out for 2020.

Some of the bulbs, like dahlias and gladiolus, cannot over winter. Liisa is thinking she might dig them up, divide them, and sell some off, as another source of revenue for the business this fall.

All of Liisa's crops are grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides or harmful fertilizers.

Pollenation also offers a line of skincare products, that Liisa has been working on over the last 6 or 7 years. These are available at www.pollenation.ca and also on Etsy.com

You can check out what is currently happening at the farm on the Pollenation FB page or email Liisa at info@pollenation.ca for more information.