Our Story

Our story is one of land, community, culture, and love. Urban Buds: City Grown Flowers are proud farmer-florists supplying the highest quality flowers in the St. Louis area.  We also handcraft and stage gorgeous floral arrangements for life's most important events.

Urban Buds: City Grown Flowers is located in the Dutchtown neighborhood of St, Louis, Missouri, on a historic farmstead with a rich flower history that dates to the 1870s.  Together, we (Karen “Mimo” Davis and Miranda Duschack) have transformed an overgrown lot and property  left fallow for years into a productive flower farm.  Surrounded by a sea of concrete, we tend our oasis of green....and pink and yellow and orange and red.  Our flowers not only bring color and vibrancy to our community, but also great joy to those that receive them.

We grow more than 70 different kinds of flowers on our farm - from ruffly ranunculus and daffodils in the spring to colorful kale and dinnerplate dahlias in the fall, we specialize in growing flowers that are "locally grown, not flown." Environmental sustainability is paramount, so our flowers are grown with the use of Integrated Pest Management techniques, cover crops, compost, minimal tillage, and drip irrigation rather than harmful chemicals. The flowers are grown in our field, in a high tunnel, and in a heated glass greenhouse. It's pretty impressive for two ladies in the middle of the city. Our flowers are lush, fragrant, unusual and beautiful; there's nothing quite like them anywhere in St. Louis.

Tucked within our field of flowers are beehives that hum with activity. Our bees produce a rich, fragrant honey that carries with it the many flavors harvested from Urban Buds' flowers.  Miranda is a fourth generation bee keeper, so the connection to this trade runs deep in her connection to the farm.  As consumers and farmers in an urban environment, we are committed to helping bee populations rebound. Save the bees!

Our greatest joy is growing and arranging flowers for weddings.  We know just how meaningful it is to incorporate seasonal, locally-grown flowers in your special day. In June 2014, we were one of the first four same sex couples who successfully challenged Missouri's gay marriage ban. "From this day forward," we pledged to bring beauty, joy, and love through flowers to all couples choosing to celebrate their love with friends and family.

You can find us with our flowers at Tower Grove Farmers’ Market, selling to area florists, and designing arrangements for weddings and events.  We have a dog Rossi, a cat Hunter and four laying hens collectively called Tina. Pretty soon, our kidlet will be running amok amongst the farm. We can't wait to see what kind of havoc he creates in the garden!

Meet Mimo and Miranda: Mimo came to Urban Buds after years of growing native plants at the Missouri Wildflowers Nursery and successfully running WildThang Farms in Ashland, Missouri for a decade. Miranda brings over fifteen years of farming vegetables, livestock, and fruit to the farm.

Meet Mimo and Miranda: Mimo came to Urban Buds after years of growing native plants at the Missouri Wildflowers Nursery and successfully running WildThang Farms in Ashland, Missouri for a decade. Miranda brings over fifteen years of farming vegetables, livestock, and fruit to the farm.

Honey bees and laying hens are kept on the farm. Urban Buzz honey is unique blend seasonal nectar and pollen and is available for sale.

The farm's footprint started out as a flower farm, and it has returned to its roots through Urban Buds.  In this undated historical photo, you can see the origins of the property.

The farm's footprint started out as a flower farm, and it has returned to its roots through Urban Buds.  In this undated historical photo, you can see the origins of the property.

About Us

Karen “Mimo” Davis Mimo’s gift of growing great tuberose, ranunculus and lisianthus is matched only by her talents and as a teacher. Through her work with Extension and as a Regional Director of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Farmers, Mimo shares her vast horticultural knowledge with other growers and new flower farmers from across the country.  Prior to founding Urban Buds with Miranda, Mimo operated Wild Thang Farms for more than a decade. Located in Ashland, Missouri, her farm was considered the largest cut flower farm in the state at that time.  She also worked at the Missouri Wildflowers Nursery where she specialized in native plants.  Before finding her true calling as a flower farmer, Mimo’s first career was as a social worker in New York City.  While her life in the Big Apple is far behind her, Mimo still knows and appreciates the emotional healing power of flowers. Mimo holds a Master’s Degree in Horticulture from North Carolina A & T University in Greensboro, North Carolina (2008).  

Karen “Mimo” Davis

Mimo’s gift of growing great tuberose, ranunculus and lisianthus is matched only by her talents and as a teacher. Through her work with Extension and as a Regional Director of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Farmers, Mimo shares her vast horticultural knowledge with other growers and new flower farmers from across the country.  Prior to founding Urban Buds with Miranda, Mimo operated Wild Thang Farms for more than a decade. Located in Ashland, Missouri, her farm was considered the largest cut flower farm in the state at that time.  She also worked at the Missouri Wildflowers Nursery where she specialized in native plants.  Before finding her true calling as a flower farmer, Mimo’s first career was as a social worker in New York City.  While her life in the Big Apple is far behind her, Mimo still knows and appreciates the emotional healing power of flowers. Mimo holds a Master’s Degree in Horticulture from North Carolina A & T University in Greensboro, North Carolina (2008).

 

Miranda Duschack Miranda brings over 15 years of farming experience working in production agriculture to her work with Urban Buds. In addition to her experience working on farms, in gardens and with livestock, Miranda has served as the program area coordinator for the innovative Small Farmers’ Outreach and St. Louis County Farm Outreach Worker programs through Extension. Originally from the rural township of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and a fourth generation beekeeper, Miranda’s connection to the farm and the trade runs deep. Miranda has a dual emphasis Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Sociology from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington (2003).

Miranda Duschack

Miranda brings over 15 years of farming experience working in production agriculture to her work with Urban Buds. In addition to her experience working on farms, in gardens and with livestock, Miranda has served as the program area coordinator for the innovative Small Farmers’ Outreach and St. Louis County Farm Outreach Worker programs through Extension. Originally from the rural township of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and a fourth generation beekeeper, Miranda’s connection to the farm and the trade runs deep. Miranda has a dual emphasis Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Sociology from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington (2003).

Our Farm The South St. Louis City farmstead is located seven miles south of the St. Louis Gateway Arch and dates to 1870. The Held family purchased the farm in 1905.  For three generations, the Helds farmed the land, growing vegetables and flowers to sell in St Louis. In 1925 they opened a retail florist shop, and by the 1950’s were operating several glass greenhouses, one of which still stands. The property diminished over the years as pieces were sold off for development and the family eventually sold the farm in the mid 1990’s. The property changed hands several times until Urban Buds purchased it in 2012 in order to revitalize the property and in a nod to its rich history, to continue the farming tradition. The land totals about an acre, one glass greenhouse remains as does the former florist shop. The rehab on these distressed structures continues. 


Our Farm

The South St. Louis City farmstead is located seven miles south of the St. Louis Gateway Arch and dates to 1870. The Held family purchased the farm in 1905.  For three generations, the Helds farmed the land, growing vegetables and flowers to sell in St Louis. In 1925 they opened a retail florist shop, and by the 1950’s were operating several glass greenhouses, one of which still stands. The property diminished over the years as pieces were sold off for development and the family eventually sold the farm in the mid 1990’s. The property changed hands several times until Urban Buds purchased it in 2012 in order to revitalize the property and in a nod to its rich history, to continue the farming tradition. The land totals about an acre, one glass greenhouse remains as does the former florist shop. The rehab on these distressed structures continues.