SILVER LAKE FARMS
Silver Lake Farms is a unique kind of company in Los Angeles. Rooted in horticulture and urban agriculture, we're a flower farm, a full service garden design and maintenance company, and a floral design studio.
Our story began in 2001, when we transformed our half-acre property into an urban farm. Our ultimate goal? We wanted to live off our land. We removed all the existing lawns and created a productive space consisting of a cut flower farm, a vegetable garden, an orchard, a drought tolerant front yard, a compost production area and a magical secret garden.
As news traveled, we soon found ourselves transforming lawns and gardens all over Los Angeles, Pasadena, Malibu, the Valley and the Westside, turning them into drought tolerant and productive gardens. This gave birth to our garden design and maintenance service.
Our flower farm was made official in 2003, when we became a Certified Producer with the Department of Agriculture, and we began selling our organic cut flowers, bouquets and arrangements at farmers' markets on-the-spot as farmer florists.
Our floral creations blossomed into Silver Lake Farms Floral Design Studio. As farmer and gardener florists, we are connected to our seasonal blooms on the farm as well as to the annuals and perennials we have in the gardens we manage. Everything we do is about keeping it local.
Silver Lake Farms has more than a decade of experience and commitment to sustainability and the Slow Flower movement. As organic growers, our approach begins with soil. As designers, our focus is style and substance. At the core of our company is a sense of community.
Tara Kolla and Silver Lake Farms have been featured in numerous books and publications, including The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local, and Sustainable Flowers by Debra Prinzing; and Tomorrow's Garden: Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening by Stephen Orr. Tara's work has been covered by Rodale's Organic Life Magazine, Good Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Martha Stewart Living, Bon Appetit, Sunset Magazine, Anthropologie, Rip + Tan and Dwell.