Designer dahlias at Jello Mold Farm in Mt. Vernon

160 varieties of cut flowers grow in the Skagit Valley.

Mt. Vernon, WA. -- At Jello Mold Farm you can hear Dennis Westphall sing to his dahlias. He shares his special serenade with an audience of flowers on a farm he owns with his wife Diane Szukovathy.

She's also known as the Jello Mold Lady. Szukovathy is the artist who covered a building in downtown Seattle with 500 Jello molds during the early nineties.

The building is long gone, but a few souvenirs survived. Leftover Jello molds now decorate the driveway of the couple's latest artistic endeavor, Jello Mold Farm.

"So we decided since we are creative people, we wanted to make a difference, and we wanted to make a living from the land," said Szukovathy.

On their seven acre palette of color, Szukovathy and Westphall grow 160 varieties of cut flowers for bouquets and special events.

"I'm pretty sure it's two to three-hundred weddings a week that something from our farm has ended up in", said Szukovathy.

High in demand by brides right now is a designer dahlia known for its size and color.

"This is called the Cafe Au Lait," said Westphall as he showed off one of his designer dahlias.

After 14 years of growth, Jello Mold Farm is now the largest producer of cultivated cut greens in the state of Washington.

It's success that sings to the souls of Westphall and Szukovathy and they sing back.

September is the most abundant time of year at Jello Mold Farm and they are celebrating with a Field to Vase Dinner. It's part of a tour that's been written up in Food & Wine Magazine. You dine outside in the middle of the flower field while enjoying 100 percent local wine and food prepared by a guest chef.

The dinner in Mt. Vernon is Saturday, September 12. If you would like to purchase tickets, click here.


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