We had the good fortune of connecting with Madison Guy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Madison, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
I have always been obsessed with all things floral and plant related; I remember camping trips with my family as a little kid, and on every hike I would be picking wildflowers for our campsite. After high school I started working in flower shops, and realized that I loved designing but something was missing. 4 years go by and I meet my future husband, who helped me understand that only did I want to design florals, but I wanted to grow them too. We promptly got married and moved out here to Colorado, where we learned the ins and outs of farming for 3 years. We were in a place where it just made sense to start our own thing, offering Wedding Design, a Farm Stand, and a U-Pick Garden to the people of Chaffee County. And thus, Growing Wild was born!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think what sets Growing Wild’s designs apart from others is our willingness to use odd looking materials. Whether we grow them ourselves, or find them on a hike at 11,000 ft. I mean, that’s how we started: as a kid picking wildflowers. And I think to this day, that hasn’t changed much! We are so fortunate to be where we are, and the people behind us (our community in BV) truly are the most supportive I have ever come across. When people come to our farm, or visit our website, or place an order of flowers for delivery, or book their wedding with us, we want them to know that these flowers come from a place of love. We are so passionate about giving people a sense of connectivity with this Earth we live on, and we want them to understand what they can receive from the land while still being a good steward to it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
OOH GURL this is what we’d do: -Hike Browns Creek and Harvard Lake FOR SURE (do a 14er if you want too!) -Jeep up to Bald Mountain and Jones (talk about a view!) -Eat at the Surf Hotel’s restaurant Wesley & Rose (and also get some cocktails; the Wizard Trick is my fav) -Also eat at the Buena Viking, the best burger (or beyond burger) you will EVER have and get some good ol’ whiskey from Deerhammer next door (be careful, drinks lots of water, and remember that being at altitude will make you a light weight) -Raft the Arkansas, because DUH -Pick flowers at our U-Pick Garden -Visit the goats and Jumpin Good Goat Dairy (and definitely pick up some cheese) -Catch some live music, pretty much anywhere in town -Then on Sunday (if you’re so inclined), come to Valley Fellowship Church for an awesome sermon and worship set (also the building is so beautiful!)
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We wouldn’t be able to do any of this if it weren’t for the owners of Weathervane Farm, Seth and Cait. They taught us everything we know when it comes to growing, especially out here! We are so thankful for our small town, every one has been so supportive, so loving, and so loud when it comes to spreading the word about Growing Wild. The response has been overwhelming, and we are beaming with pride for our little mountain town, Buena Vista. We also wouldn’t be anywhere without the unconditional love and support from our families. My mom is the reason I have the skills, heart, and creativity that I have; and our parents have always been there for us, even when it just sounded like we were crazy dreamers without a plan (which we were, and maybe still are!).
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