Join A New Gardening Co-Op!

With the spring season upon us, Virginia gardens are brimming with beautiful flowers! I’ve been gardening in my own Foxhill Garden for the past eight years and just last year started offering fresh floral arrangements for local pickup and both virtual and in-person garden consultations to help others create a backyard oasis of their own to enjoy. As I’ve become more involved in the local gardening world, you can bet that I was thrilled when invited to join a new gardening co-op: Old Dominion Flower Cooperative (ODFC). With Mother’s Day and other seasonal events right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to share about the co-op!



From the Old Dominion Flower Cooperative founders:

ODFC is an all-female-owned local flower farm collective that aggregates its flowers in one pick up location in Northern Virginia. Created in 2021 with a mission to make local flowers more accessible to the public and DMV floral designers, ODFC is determined to give its farmers fair pricing, education, and a voice in the local economy. ODFC has a total of 22 flower farmers from Maryland and Virginia, growing on a collective of 25 plus acres – 99 percent of these farmers are female. ODFC is the largest local flower cooperative in the country, in number of farms selling to the cooperative and total acreage being grown on. 



If you would like to support ODFC in its efforts, you can purchase their flowers through various avenues found via the ODFC website. Specifically, there are two exciting Mother’s Day gift ideas: a large local peony bouquet for Mom, or if you are looking for a fun, interactive activity together, ODFC is hosting a Mom & Me Bouquet Making Date Night complete with wine and snacks, held at the historic Birkby House in Leesburg, Virginia.



Other ways to support include:

  • Purchase their Flower Friends Membership that grants you access to their bi-weekly public Sunday floral markets from May to October, located in Reston, Virginia.
  • If you are a floral designer, you can sign up to be an official wholesale buyer, where you will gain access to their weekly wholesale website.
  • Check out their events, including workshops and farm tours, all accessible to the public!

If you are interested in any of these listed events or membership opportunities, please check out ODFC’s website: or email:



  • The latest from Laura & Alyssa
With more than 20 years of calligraphy experience, Laura Hooper, Owner and Creative Director, has produced scripts for hundreds of weddings, corporate clients, and even a celeb or two (yes, stars: they love calligraphy just like us!), handcrafting everything from addressed envelopes to custom signage, all from our Old Town Alexandria studio. At the holidays, we offer custom, handwritten décor items. Laura has trained under three amazing master penman to date; Michael Sull, Vivian Mungall, and Harvest Crittenden, and she is a certified instructor of American Cursive Handwriting. She resides in Mount Vernon, Alexandria. Alyssa, Laura’s sister, joined the company as Director of Operations in 2014, allowing the family business to go around the world with online video courses and in-person workshops. Alyssa runs the day-to-day logistics of Laura Hooper Calligraphy, allowing Laura to focus on the art. She resides in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.

Looking to learn the art of modern pointed-pen calligraphy? Laura Hooper Calligraphy has got you covered with both in-person workshops {right here in Old Town Alexandria!} as well as a starter kit plus video tutorial for at-home learning. Our online calligraphy shop is fully curated with the supplies we use daily that we know will work well together.


In addition to teaching and sharing calligraphy with students around the world, sisters Laura Hooper & Alyssa Law also serve wedding clients with custom stationery design and production as well as handwritten calligraphy services for envelopes, escort cards, place cards and more.


109 N Fairfax St.
Alexandria 22314

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