Waterleaf Farm & Floral Design


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"Waterleaf Farm is the most beautiful place to pick flowers! Such a special little gem in Ashland! Melanie grows really happy and plentiful amounts of flowers like sunflowers, zinnia, Cosmo, dahlias , and so many more it's such a fun opportunity and creative way to craft a bouquet and connect with Beauty and Flowers." - L. Hembrock

  •  12/9/2023 01:00 PM - 12/9/2023 02:30 PM
  •   Elder Apothecary

Enjoy festive time crafting together with the lovely aromas of the evergreen needles as you're guided to make your own magical wreath. Bringing nature to your home adds light, beauty, and a reminder of the next green season to come. We will be using seasonal evergreens, with an array of wild berries, foliage and pinecones to adorn. Delicious drinks available for purchase. Book your ticket here: https://elderapothecary.love/products/everlasting-wreath-workshop

  •  11/30/2023 05:30 PM - 11/30/2023 07:00 PM
  •   Belle Fiore Winery

Enjoy festive time crafting together as you're guided to make your own evergreen wreath. Special plant materials will be available to adorn the evergreens- such as berries, unique greenery, and pinecones. Belle Fiore drinks and dining available for purchase.

  •  11/19/2023 03:00 PM - 11/19/2023 05:00 PM
  •   Lovejoy's Tea Room

Enjoy festive time crafting together as you're guided to make your own floral magical wreath that lasts for years. Bringing nature into your home adds light, beauty, and a reminder of the next green season to come. A wonderful gift idea too. All flowers and foliage organically grown at the farm. Savor cozy teatime at lovely Lovejoy's Tea Room. Price includes afternoon tea and light tea fare.

  •  11/4/2023 03:00 PM - 11/4/2023 05:00 PM
  •   Paschal Winery and Vineyard

Enjoy festive time crafting together as you're guided to make your own floral magical wreath that lasts for years. Bringing nature into your home adds light, beauty, and a reminder of the next green season to come. A wonderful gift idea too. All flowers and foliage organically grown at the farm. Enjoy Paschal wine and drink, and beautiful space while crafting. Price for wreath making only.

  •  10/22/2023 01:00 PM - 10/22/2023 03:00 PM
  •   100 Eagle Mill Road, Ashland, OR, USA

Enjoy festive time crafting together as you're guided to make your own dried flower/foliage wreath. They can last for years! Bringing nature into your home adds light, beauty, and a reminder of the next green season to come. And they are wonderful gifts.   Come play in joy and reverence.:)

  •  10/14/2023 12:00 PM - 10/14/2023 01:30 PM
  •   Ashland, OR, USA

Needing more peaceful, relaxing time to slow down in nature?  Commune with the flowers by tuning into their essence together. Through touching and smelling the flowers,  guided meditations and group mandala making, you will come away with more confidence in plant communication and a deeper connection to Nature and Yourself.  No experience necessary, just an open mind and curiosity.:)

  •  8/19/2023 11:00 AM - 8/19/2023 11:45 AM
  •   100 Eagle Mill Road, Ashland, OR, USA

Flower Tour Soak up the 20 + types of flowers as we enjoy their exquisite beauty in living form. Learn about their uses, healing qualities, and how to grow them. Led by your guide, Melanie, flower lover and whisperer. On a 20 acre land conservancy (Eagle Mill Farm).


April- November -(6 weeks minimum)

Unique Opportunity for Learning how to Small Scale Flower Farm and Deepening in Relationship with the Plants

Waterleaf Farm is part of a 20 acre land conservancy called Eagle Mill Farm, diverse in cultivation and wild areas.  We love community and open the farm to a flower U- Pick, events and workshops.

In the growing season, the farm is a buzz with natural and human community life and also one can immerse themself in the gardens in silence.

Currently, there are 6 farmers and a handful of gardeners.  The farmer's run small farm businesses including cultivation of veggies, medicinal herbs (@wildgardenmedicinals), cactuses (www.galactic-cactus.com), seeds (hardyseeds.com), 40 year old vineyard, and Waterleaf Flowers. 

Description of Work Offered

    1.  Flower Farm Operation—

     Required: At least 80% of the hours will be learning through Fieldwork, including Bed Prep, Planting, Weeding/Trellising, Harvesting, and Sorting.

     Potential: Floral Design, bouquet making, and flower deliveries, and hosting U- pick; depending on your interests and what you’d like to know more about.

    2.  Deepening in Relationship with the Flowers

         *Learn how to attune to the spirit of the Flowers and be a co-creative relationship with the                     plants.

     -Join Seasonal Workshops, Flower Essence Workshops, Experiential Flower Tours at no cost. 1-               2 available p/month

     -Plant spirit meditations with the living flowers and herbs (2 x p/wk 20 min)

     -One-on-One Flower Essence Making 1 p/month (3 hrs)

     -Receive flower healing and essence session (not required).

Expectation and Exchange

*12-20 hrs p/wk (opportunity for more work if needed with Waterleaf Farm or other farmers' projects)-depending on housing, etc.

*6 weeks minimum

*Staple foods provided (you can specify dietary preferences)

*Farm fresh veggies and cut flowers (for your own creative play, enjoyment and to experiment with your own floral designing.)

*Opportunity to participate in all of the workshops


April through June, apprentice 6 week available anytime April through November

Rustic camping with an outdoor kitchen, solar shower or on demand shower, and a compost toilet.  There is no power in the living area.  Power is available a  2 minute walk from camping area next to Waterleaf Flowers fields.   


The farm is 2.5 miles from Downtown Ashland.  This is a 6 minute drive, or a 10-12 minute bike ride mostly on bike/pedestrian path or 15 minute bus ride.  The bus comes every 20 minutes most days and it takes 10 minutes to walk to the bus stop from the farm.

There may also be times when you can get a ride from someone else who is leaving the farm. May-October there are several vehicles going to town many times a day.

Jackson Wellsprings healing spring waters are across the Street.


Call and let's chat! Or send an email expressing what you are hoping to gain from the apprentice position.  Also include a resume or description of work or experiences related to the position or otherwise to waterleaffarm@gmail.com.  Thank you! Look forward to seeing if you are a fit.



Year Round 2024

Would you like to be around high vibrational flower energy?  Interested in learning how to garden or small-scale farm?  Looking for community? We love helping hands! Please inquire if you’d like to come out once or regularly. 

We are easy to access on the North side of Ashland.  Leave the farm with a bouquet of flowers and a happy body and heart, fed by being in nature.

Text/call Melanie at 503.916.9576 or email waterleaffarm@gmail.com.

"Melanie designs the most stunning and unique bouquets. The flowers are all grown on her local Ashland farm so each arrangement reflects the beauty of the season. I have already gifted several bouquets from Waterleaf and everyone gushed over how beautiful they were. A perfect, memorable gift for anyone, even yourself!"- Laurianne B.

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Growing and Arranging flowers to uplift your lives.

We are a small flower farm and florist design studio specializing in an array of exquisite, breathtaking blooms fresh from Mother Earth. We delight in providing lush flowers for ceremonies, weddings, events, homes, and businesses. Our farm hosts U-pick and Workshops in the gardens to awaken a deeper relationship with Flowers, Ourselves and the Earth.

Our flowers nestle along Bear Creek in Ashland, Oregon where we are dedicated to sustainable agriculture, feeding pollinators and insects, loving the land and community.

~Flowers nourish the Soul.~

Our Story
My love of flowers began in childhood, with my mom’s arrangements filling every room of the house and for community events. She collected them from our backyard and neighbor’s, tuning me into the abundance and beauty of nature and community. My favorite childhood memories were playing barefoot in the summer amidst apple trees and bees and making daisy necklaces with friends in the open grassy yards and parks of the Pacific Northwest. Coming home to bountiful, healthy family meals with garden fresh produce, rose petals in salads, and my boisterous family around the table also brought great joy and comfort.

In my 20’s, my dedication to the environment, community, healthy food, and meaningful life work, led me to work in fresh food access starting farmers markets area in under-served neighborhoods in Los Angeles. I loved talking with the farmers about the land they cultivated and listening to cultural stories around crops they grew. I admired their earthiness and independent spirits. Several years later, after many travels around the world in Central America and Asia studying culture and agro-ecology and starting a MA in Leadership, Learning and Ecology, it was natural to drop out of the program and start an organic vegetable farming in Portland (sigh of relief as it felt like I arrived at my long sought after life purpose). I longed to live an integrated life in harmony with nature, serving people and the planet. Farming has brought so much to my life, as I attune to the seasons and cycles, witnessing and participating in growth and gifts of plants is truly magic. It brings me joy and gratitude to work with nature, and I am dedicated to growing healthy soil, feeding pollinators and insects and sharing this connection with other people.

My first farm venture was turning over multiple lawns for my CSA (community-supported agriculture) business (Backyard Bounty) in Portland, Oregon 2007. Many lawns consolidated into one special piece of land where we grew vegetables for 5 years (Rising Stone Farm). In 2014, flowers popped out at me, they seemed to say “grow more of me” and I happily took the call. The farm took a new name Waterleaf, as flowers began to share the stage with the veggies, not only being grown for pollintators, pest control and disease prevention but also for cut flower production.

A few years ago, Waterleaf Farm moved to Ashland, Oregon and lay fallow. After a few years deepening my relationship with myself and nature in the woods outside Ashland, making wreaths and herbal medicines from wild and garden plants, I am delighted to have found a new precious piece of land to focus on flower cultivation. My goal is to bring beauty to your lives and uplift your spirits by sharing the earth’s abundance through flowers. Beauty nourishes our soul and is a powerful way to show our gratitude and give back to the Earth.

Our Approach
Our intention is to farm with nature, working alongside her, growing flowers from the roots (well-nourished soil) up
~We practice a combination of permaculture, biodynamic, and bio-intensive techniques to cultivate healthy plants; maintaining a holistic perspective of the larger organism of the farm and the earth
~Build healthy soils through cover cropping, composting, natural fertilizers, and mulching.
~Share the abundance.

We see all life as sacred, and our intention is to listen to the plants and earth and respect their lives and what they can teach us.

I look forward to connecting with you and sharing in the delight, healing, and wisdom of the Flower Beings!

VOLUNTEERING/WORKTRADE - Interested in being in the flowers and  learning about farming/gardening? We need helping hands and take home a bouquet of flowers or herbs. Please email or call.:)

- April-October (2 month minimum, Fall Season Available 2023)
Unique Opportunity for Learning how to Small Scale Flower Farm and Plant Spirit Communication. Email for more details.

The bouquets from Waterleaf Farm are absolutely Divine! I get one each week, and family and friends will often comment on how they feel a such a sense of joy and delight emanating from the flowers in our home. -SA

  • 100 Eagle Mill Road, Ashland, OR, USA

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Ceremonial Photoshoot with the Flowers
Embody the Gorgeous Flower that you are in the flower gardens at a lush farm. 
With the help of the flowers, you’re invited to celebrate your Radiance by simply Being Yourself.
~You’ll be surrounded and at times adorned with flowers in the photography shots.
~Bring your intention of what you are wanting to embody in your life.
~With the invocation of the flowers, we will have a transformative experience and capture your beauty.

Further details:
Flowers express themselves unabashedly and radiate beauty fully , and we can learn from the to embody our full potential.

Surrounded by flowers in the garden on the lush earth, it’s easy to soften into yourself.

We start will sharing your intention (if you like) and I will invoke the flowers in a prayer to guide the photoshoot.

Then we play and have fun in the beauty of the 20 types of flowers and many trees on the land. I can guide the photoshoot and if you have ideas they are more than welcome too.

You’ll have one bouquet to hold and use for body adornment.

All feelings are welcome, if you are feeling sad or shy, the raw authentic moment if part of your beauty too!

It is an opportunity to capture hundreds of gorgeous photos and to have a transformational experience stepping more into your true Self!

2 Hrs ~ $120 (40% OFF $200 PROMO)
Contact Melanie to book a session or with questions 503.916.9576!