Toronto's urban cut flower farm



Photo By Kristin Sjaarda

Photo By Kristin Sjaarda

Toronto's Micro Urban Flower Farm

My name is Sarah Nixon and in 2002 I started My Luscious Backyard, an urban flower farm and floral design company. We sustainably grow specialty cut flowers on a micro-farm comprised of many residential yards in Toronto's Parkdale / Roncesvalles neighbourhoods. Throughout the growing season we create florals for weddings and events, arrangements for flower subscribers across the city and provide flowers to several amazing Toronto florists.

Originally from Vancouver Island, I studied Fine Arts at Concordia University with a BFA in Fimmaking and spent summers tree planting and working in an organic farm in Nanoose Bay, BC. In 2002 As my flower fever grew I began to reach beyond the confines of our small yard and my flowers started to spread throughout the neighbourhood to other people's underused lawns. In my search for precious land to grow on in downtown Toronto I accidentally became an urban flower farmer. 

My Luscious Backyard has one foot the world of gardening and the other in the world of farming. It is also part art project, part community beautification project and a great excuse to get my hands dirty and spend as much time in the natural world as possible while living in this big city.  I get great joy out of sharing what I grow with others, and one of my goals is to help other urban dwellers to connect to the plant world, the wildlife that depend on flowers, the seasons and the role we all play as stewards of our environment, whether it is through caring for a small yard, the park down the street or the urban tree canopy. 

The flowers are completely seasonal and field grown, so each bouquet is unique to the day's blooms. These are the freshest flowers available, having been harvested and conditioned only hours before they are delivered. The varieties grown are chosen specifically for their beauty, fragrance and long vase life. We grow the traditional beauties as well as unusual varieties previously impossible to find at a conventional florist due to the arduous travel requirements of imported flowers.

Organic farming principles are followed in growing so no environmentally damaging pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers are used. 

These are flowers grown and shared with love.