Are you planning a destination wedding? Be sure to consider the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and get in touch with Dorothy at Bells & Whistles @ The Flower Field to enhance your wedding experience. Helen Yoest Click to Tweet!
Growing up surrounded by fields of daffodils might seem like a fantasy, but for Dorothy Heath-Morris, it was just a way of life.
With three generations of flower growers preceding her, it’s no surprise Dorothy, the daughter of Brent Heath of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs in Gloucester, Virginia, would follow in her father’s footsteps. Yet it wasn’t Dorothy’s first choice. “I spent my summers on the back of a bulb digger.” she says with a laugh. “For most of my summers, I was covered in dirt, head to toe, listening to my brothers do things like dare each to eat lizard eggs” Instead, Dorothy pursued a college degree in fine arts.
But in 2004 that changed when Dorothy and her husband, Ben, were visiting a pick-your-own strawberry field on the Outer Banks, where they live. As Dorothy was chatting with the owner, she noticed a barren field; it was then she had the vision of a growing field. “Originally I thought I would do a CSA,” she says, referring to Community Supported Agriculture. But at about the same time Dorothy was starting her business, the Outer Banks of North Carolina was becoming better known as a destination spot for beach weddings. “People kept asking me to do weddings,” she says. So after enough requests, Dorothy agreed and opened Bells & Whistles @ The Flower Field, in Kill Devil Hills, NC, providing eco-friendly, field grown flowers for wedding designs. Click to Tweet!
Dorothy recently purchased her own eight acres, where she continues to grow organically, and has even opened an second retail location (3701 N. Croatan Hwy, The Dunes Shops), Kitty Hawk) just for flowers!
Using what’s available fresh from the field has proven to be the natural choice; and it seems a natural fit for brides to want Dorothy’s designs as couples say their vowels surrounded with so much natural beauty.
Time spent in her daddy’s fields obviously taught Dorothy well. When designing her own fields, Dorothy was able to maximize her yields with an amazing succession of flowers, providing enough for the growing demand for her wedding designs as well as providing fresh-flower arrangements for local and seasonal residents. When helping brides with their arrangements, flower choices and colors are based on what’s in season and what can be cut fresh from the field. Dorothy says she allows her designs to, “Follow the natural lines of the flower letting the flowers themselves dictate the design.” Her results are stunning, and each arrangement unique.
This fourth-generation flower grower spends her days covered with petals and pollen in the flower field with daughters, Tululah and Zoe. Although her girls don’t spend their summers on the back of a bulb digger, they do spend cherished time in the field with mom, cutting flowers, chasing butterflies, and creating their own memories for, perhaps, futures as fifth generation flower growers.