Flower it Forward

As you drive by Del Rio, you may notice something new growing out in front of the winery.  Years ago, when this property was still an orchard, peaches and filberts grew out in this open area.  Since becoming a vineyard, it has laid fallow for 18 years cialis 20mg suisse.  I was inspired last year when I saw a farmer in Yolo, California (Mark Mezger) who had planted various zinnia flowers in one of his fields.  I got so excited when I saw his flower field that I wanted do this here in Oregon.  The only problem was, there wasn’t any water.  So lucky for me, my husband was willing to drill a well, trench in pipes, and help set up the whole drip system.  I have had a lot of help from our vineyard employees with planting, weeding, and thinning  these pretty little things.  We have a few flowers peeking out now, and I’m getting so excited!

The idea behind this flower farm it to let people come out and pick for free, on the condition that they pick an extra bouquet and give it to someone who can’t make it out, or a for a special friend  to put a smile on their face.  We are shooting for August 1st to open the garden to the public.  We encourage people to bring their own vases, clippers and buckets.  Water is available and vases for those who don’t remember to bring them out.  We ask that people don’t pick and resale them.  This is our “flower it forward” movement!

I would like to thank all who have helped, including Mark Mezger who inspired me to do this and gave us lots of tips. But especially, thanks to my husband Rob for doing all the heavy lifting.

  • Diane
    Posted at 02:11h, 20 July Reply


  • Joe Wallace
    Posted at 03:56h, 20 July Reply

    You rock…

  • Buds & Baskets
    Posted at 19:34h, 29 July Reply

    My 5th time driving by and I had to finally google Del Rio, in hopes, maybe you had something posted about what flowers you planted.
    I have been trying to figure it out for days. I live in Gold Hill too and I believe this is a wonderful idea! Thank you

  • Lee Finney
    Posted at 15:32h, 08 August Reply

    Thank you for this beauty.
    I set a Monarch butterfly free in the milkweed patch just up the street from you on the river side. I picked some zinnias for Her to enjoy.
    Gold Hill Is now a Bee City USA.
    I am acknowkedging 100 ‘Pollinator Friendly’ gardens. I would like to include your garden.
    I want to protect that patch of milkweed from herbicides and mowing. Need to talk to the Owner.

  • Bill Larimore
    Posted at 22:56h, 11 August Reply

    Very pretty, will get to see it on the 19th. Looking forward to being back over there.

  • Lee Finney
    Posted at 03:34h, 14 August Reply


    Did you receive my email?

  • Lacey Silva
    Posted at 01:41h, 19 August Reply

    I seen the flowers a few days ago. Im so excited to come pick some for my mother! Thank you for such a wonderful idea!!!

  • Mikalah wilson
    Posted at 17:12h, 20 August Reply

    I stopped by the other day and picked a few flowers for my boyfriends grandma, She loved them and said she wishes she could come to the vineyard to see all the beautiful flowers herself!! Thank you Del Rio Vineyards for creating such a beautiful and giving experience in our community!!

    • Lindsey Zagar
      Posted at 18:06h, 22 August Reply

      Thank you so much for sharing and we love that you are enjoying the farm!

  • Buds & Baskets
    Posted at 21:20h, 24 August Reply

    What are you going to do if they don’t all get picked before the cold season?
    A bunch of us should get together and pick them and take them to a retirement center/ect to cheer people up<3

  • Cliff Vandagrift
    Posted at 14:27h, 26 September Reply

    Del Rio and Zinnias…the gift that keeps on giving…people, save some seeds from those bouquets and plant your own little flower patch next year…the gift that keeps on giving…Beautiful…

  • Kristin Kinsey
    Posted at 20:16h, 09 July Reply

    What a beautiful gift you’ve given our community. Thank you so much!

  • Chelsey Burkhalter
    Posted at 17:06h, 03 August Reply

    Brought my kids here this morning and loved being able to teach them about “flower it forward”and watch them talk and get excited about who to pick flowers for. Awesome chance to let them learn and a wonderful addition to our “summer fun list”. Thank you for the beautiful memories we made!

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