Hey there! I'm Melissa, the founder and lead designer (aka: the heart and soul) of Passiflora Farm. My love affair with farming and flowers started with the stories my father shared with me about my Grandpa Vinny. He was the son of German immigrants and an American farmer. He had an excellent green thumb and he loved growing huge Dinnerplate Dahlias that were quite the talk of his small town. Although we lost him when I was a young girl, his love of farming the land and growing flowers runs in my veins and now I am following in his footsteps.
A passionate gardener and lover of natural beauty, I completed my education with a BS in Plant and Soil Science and an MS in Agriculture and Natural Resources. I was fortunate to study small- scale, intensive cut- flower production and floral design under Erin Benzakein, the owner and visionary of Floret, the nations leading farmer/florist in 2016 and 2018.
Some fun facts: I am a nature nut! Give me a fire and a blanket under the stars and I am good as golden. I love crisp autumn mornings, secluded walks, and cozy flannel shirts. Given the choice I would take tea over coffee! Crazy I know!!