Illinois Willows is a specialty cut flower grower . We are located in east central Illinois, tucked away in the corn and soy bean fields of the Illinois prairie. Located just a short drive from Champaign - Urbana, Illinois.
Illinois Willows services :
We have product to offer 12 months of the year. Our product is available to the consumer and the wholesale trade.Contact us for your fresh cut flowers and woody ornamental needs.
In the fall of 1999 a corn field was purchased and the dream of growing fresh cut flowers and woody ornamentals for the consumer and the wholesale floral trade was started.
The first step was to clear the land from the corn stubble that was left after the corn harvest. I contacted my neighbor and he brought in a stalk-chopper to knock down the remainder of the stalks . Spring of 2000, the first beds were laid out for the annuals and perennials . That first year Celosia, Ageratum, Yarrow, Sunflowers, Liatris and Gomphrenna were the start of our mix. Today, some of these are still being grown here. As a grower with a floral design background , I wanted to grow flowers I, as a grower would want to design with in my arrangements.
I knew that flowers like Roses , Carnations and Chrysanthemums would not be all that feasible to grow here in central Illinois, because of our growing conditions.I wanted to grow some of the different or unusal flowers that were uncommon in the local flower shops. That summer I discovered the ASCFG ( Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers ) and went to the Mid-West conference in Wisconsin. I meet with fellow growers from the Mid-West and discovered that they had so much knowledge and information to pass on to newbies like myself. At this conference I was able to view the fields of cut flowers and woody ornamentals ie.. Winterberry, Bittersweet, Curly Willow, Dogwood to mention a few. After visiting, touring and chatting with fellow growers, I started to see my vision into becoming a reality.
New Addition :
Illinois Willows has become associated with Floral Cotton , our affiliation is Floral Cotton Illinois.
Cotton is Soft, Natural ,Beautiful
If you are interested Floral Cotton Illinois is an affiliate , we cover downstate Illinois and parts of Indiana .
Illinois zip codes 309 ,217, and 618
Indiana zip codes 765, 317 and 812
Floral Cotton provides cotton in the raw form to floral shops, craft stores,designers, general public for weddings ,events and indoor decorating . If you are interested , please take a look at http://www.floralcotton.com
* Please use our affliate code number FCA01021 in the Affiliate Code or Special Instructions area at time of check out.
Everything from Cotton Stalks, Cotton Bolls,Cotton Burrs, Handpicked Floral Cotton with Seeds. The website has several different options for your needs.
You can see some pictures of the Floral Cotton in our Gallery that we purchased in February . We also have pictures on our Facebook page - Floral Cotton Illinois , www.facebook.com/FloralCottonIllinois