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Fresh bouquets keep
business blooming in Clarence
time she delivers a bouquet, she takes the used container
back home to recycle for someone else's order. " Due to the
generosity of friends, I have an entire building full of great
nherited objects are wonderful keepsakes. Pam Stenger
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inherited a shared appreciation of something from her
are ever alike, and that goes for containers, too. "
grandmother decades ago. Today she shares that pasShe began this business with the idea of making it a
sion with others in a beautiful way.
full-time livelihood upon her retirement. That day arrived
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day to devote to the subscription bouquet business
ers from her garden together, " Pam says. " She
Clarence
and possibly expanding the delivery area.
would share big bouquets of daffodils with me
" Right now if someone outside the delivery
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named Rolling Acres. I still have heirloom dafpickup option, " Pam says. " That seems to work
fodil bulbs and perennials from my grandmother
well for those who aren't local but still want a
planted on our farm today. "
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MA Bank in Macon, Pam began to bring fresh bouquets to
Pam grows at Rolling Acres Flower Farm. Bachelor butwork, setting them in the lobby for customers and staff to
tons, bells of Ireland, foxglove, gladiolas, larkspur, tulips,
enjoy. As a fan of the fresh-cut beauties, a co-worker soon
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ing on when it's ordered during the growing season.
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Pam says she and George, her husband of 43 years and
MA Bank, says she's always enjoyed Pam's arrangements.
behind-the-scenes garden assistant, worked together to
" This will be the third year I've asked my husband to
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give me a subscription for my birthday, " Carrie says. " I
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let Pam do whatever she wants and the arrangements are
Master Gardener through the University of Missouri Exalways a beautiful surprise. "
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Kay Lucas, president of the Horizon Credit Union in
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Macon, leaves the beautiful bouquets at work for everyone
ing point for Rolling Acres Flower Farm.
to enjoy. " Pam puts her heart into her arrangements. We
" My father called the farm where he grew up 'Rolling
enjoyed her deliveries so much that I doubled our deliverAcres,' so the name seemed like another legacy to me, "
ies this year, " she says.
Pam says.
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ding commissions but prefers people plan ahead and give
ers, cutting them as needed and creating unique longher plenty of time to make their requests.
lasting arrangements for subscribers to enjoy, " the Macon
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Electric Cooperative member says.
ing classes at the farm on gardening topics such as how
Winter may still be lingering, but Pam keeps busy by
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sowing seeds and preparing
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for the upcoming six-month
how to use essential oils as
subscription season which
natural deterrents to pests.
runs from mid to late April
She and George also planted
to the end of September.
900 Christmas trees a few
Bouquets are delivyears ago and plan to add a
ered on a weekly, biweekly
pumpkin patch this year.
or monthly basis. Prices
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include the popular $175
something for everyone in
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the family to enjoy nearly all
quets, $300 for 10 bouquets
year long, " Pam says.
delivered biweekly or a full
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