Bluegreen Gardens is a quaint flower farm and floral design studio just outside of downtown Lancaster operated by husband and wife team, Mike Zawislak and Elizabeth Fox. Elizabeth and Mike are entrepreneurs and expert gardeners who grow and forage beautiful and unique botanicals and design fresh, elegant, garden-style florals.
Elizabeth and Mike met in the Philadelphia area where they were both working in public gardens. After a couple years, with an upcoming wedding, they decided to move to Elizabeth's hometown of Columbus. It took a couple more years for them to realize their dream of being flower farmers. They started out growing on Elizabeth's parents property in Lancaster and recently acquired their own farm in Lancaster so that they can live the dream. Their backgrounds and interests have really guided them to this point in their lives.
Mike grew up in the area known as the "Garden Capital of the World." His formal education was in business and sports turf management and he worked in grounds at one of the best gardens in the world, where he and Elizabeth met. Mike simultaneously worked as a groundskeeper for the Philadelphia Phillies and was lucky enough to be the first person on the field after they won the World Series in 2008. His expertise in irrigation and equipment operation, and his amazing work ethic and desire to learn have been instrumental in growing the farm.
Elizabeth grew up in central Ohio, splitting her time between Columbus and weekends on her grandparents property in Lancaster. Those weekends roaming the woods and puttering around in the garden inspired her for the rest of her life. She thought her calling was in studio art and art history until she discovered horticulture and landscape design. After receiving her degree in horticulture from The Ohio State University, Elizabeth traveled in Europe and then headed on to Longwood Gardens where she was immersed in the amazing world of display gardens and public horticulture. Her passions are design, history, old buildings, animals, art, anything green (or bluegreen) and traveling. All of these things come together nicely in the pursuit of horticultural excellence and the creation of beautiful things.
As our friend, Andrea, of LynnVale Studios said "couples who bouquet together stay together," and we agree!
We are proud members of Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers and Slow Flowers.