From grains and pods in the garden to fresh cut in the shop as floral arrangements.
Alison Lopakka Joy
Urban Flower Farmer
"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow."
Growing up I was lucky to spend time with both my grandmothers in their lovely gardens taking in the sweet smells of many flowers as well as the joy of gardening that filled their souls. These memories always leave me nostalgic for those carefree days of playing in the yard and watching the magic happen. My Finnish/Swedish grandmother, Irma, held her coastal garden with the highest regard. She was a workhorse, well into her late 80's- constantly redesigning her beds and moving plants around. I can say with confidence that she would be happy to know that I have followed her path in the garden. It is indeed my playground!
After working in public health for several years and staying home with my two young boys, I decided to turn my love for gardening into a "job". Late this past winter, 2018, Roots of Joy became a reality when I sowed over 500 seeds in garage. Spring came and along with my supportive husband and oldest son, we expanded our existing beds on our large urban lot and built 8 good sized raised beds..and with crossed fingers, planted the tiny plants. Today, my labor of love is blooming and my dream of doing something with flowers and floral design is coming true. Stepping out to my garden is like Christmas morning. I feel truly blessed to be surrounded by the beauty of flowers and nature, everyday. There’s nothing more peaceful for me than getting my hands in garden soil and arranging fresh blooms with intention and care.
“A Thriving Piece of Art"
“My mother was over the moon with the Mothers Day bouquet that Alison created - I could have never imagined the exotic choices Alison implemented. She has an amazing knowledge and knack for mixing exactly the right flowers, to the extent that you can tell this isn't some cookie cutter bouquet from the market, but a thriving piece of art.”
“Lovely and so Unique"
“Alison's flowers are lovely and so unique. The creativity and care put into each arrangement is matched only by the effort put into the cultivation of the flowers themselves.”
“A Tale of Summer Romance.”
“Alison's bouquets are home grown, and they truly reflect the roots of JOY! Sweet, happy and untamed - as if it's a tale of the summer romance.”
“Truly a Gift”
“Alison's enthusiasm and love for growing flowers is equally matched to the joy expressed in each unique arrangement she creates. She and her arrangements are truly a gift that will make anyone's day shine a little brighter.”
— Stefanie Milner Schamber, be|you|studio.pdx
“We have been enjoying regular bouquets from Alison since she opened for business. Each bouquet has been unique - not just the type of home-grown flowers, but with the artistic arrangements as well. Time and time again they light up the room. Her talent and vision for this field are truly special and we love having her floral art as part of our home decor.”