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PHOTOS: Festivities at the flower farm

Mary Solbreken of Rustic Designs Flower Farm held her final field-to-vase workshop of the summer Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.

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Lexi Nygaard tours rows and rows of vibrant flowers while taking part in a field-to-vase workshop at Rustic Designs Flower Farm near Belgrade on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.
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BELGRADE — Late afternoon sunlight reflected off of a vibrant field of flowers — both big and small — at Rustic Designs Flower Farm near Belgrade on Wednesday evening as owner Mary Solbreken held her final field-to-vase workshop of the summer season.

Solbreken, who opened the flower farm in 2011, said the workshop has been a staple event for most of the time she has been operating her business.

"People like the experience of going out and doing something new with their friends," she said. "Flowers bring happiness and it's a fun event."

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Val Jensen searches for the perfect flower to cut for her vase during a field-to-vase workshop at Rustic Designs Flower Farm near Belgrade on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.
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Attendees first take an in-depth tour led by Solbreken, who shows which flowers are ripe for cutting. For this final workshop, however, she explained that anything on the expansive flower farm was available for attendees' vases.

Inside, she showed her students, a group of 15 enthusiastic women, the ins-and-outs of flower placement and how to properly build a vase full of flowers to have proper texture and dimension from eye level.

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Rustic Designs Flower Farm owner Mary Solbreken explains various flowers on her farm that are ready to be cut. She led the final session of her field-to-vase workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.
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After nearly 30 minutes of instruction, Solbreken cut the flower fanatics loose on her farm so they could go out and cut the flowers of their choosing to construct their very own vase.

Although Wednesday marked the final class of the summer, Solbreken said she holds a number of other fun events, such as Harvest Fest on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information on classes and events can be found on her website, www.rusticdesignsflowerfarm.com .

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Melissa Williams arranges her vase after perusing and cutting flowers of her choosing during a workshop at Rustic Designs Flower Farm near Belgrade on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.
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Rustic Designs Flower Farm owner Mary Solbreken collects flowers at her farm for demonstration purposes during workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.
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Participants learn about all of the flowers ready to be cut during a field-to-vase workshop at Rustic Designs Flower Farm near Belgrade on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.
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Ashley Roelofs cuts flowers for her vase during a workshop at Rustic Designs Flower Farm near Belgrade on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.
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Flowers shine in the afternoon light at Rustic Designs Flower Farm near Belgrade on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.
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Rustic Designs Flower Farm owner Mary Solbreken teaches attendees the basics of constructing a flower vase during a workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.
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Mary Solbreken instructs how to construct a vase of flowers during a field-to-vase workshop at Rustic Designs Flower Farm near Belgrade on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.
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Dahlia flowers soak up some last-minute sunlight as the sun sets over Rustic Designs Flower Farm near Belgrade on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.
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Workshop attendees take a tour to learn of all of the flowers growing at Rustic Designs Flower Farm near Belgrade on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.
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LeeAnn Hjelle walks through rows of flowers during a field-to-vase workshop at Rustic Designs Flower Farm near Belgrade on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.
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Rustic Designs Flower Farm owner Mary Solbreken cuts flowers during a workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.
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Macy Moore is an award-winning photojournalist at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota.
She can be reached via email: mmoore@wctrib.com or phone: 320.214.4338.
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