Your Local Micro Flower Farm
You could say that Aimee Thornhill was destined at birth to become a farmer.
With grandparents who have farmed in Brentwood since the 1940s and a childhood spent running around orchards and fruit and nut farms, it was no surprise that Aimee would eventually go back to her roots. “I kind of had an idyllic childhood,” said Aimee. “Every time I look back, I have very fond memories of farming and my grandfather’s life. I got to see what it was like to be a farmer and watch my grandfather provide for his family.”
With about half an acre of space and 40 different flower varieties, Aimee started Brentwood Blooms in 2019. “My first year I would say about 75 percent of what I planted thrived,” said Aimee. “A good amount I had picked solely because they looked pretty in pictures, not based on what would survive the extreme heat we get in Brentwood. I’ve sine really narrowed it down to what is going to flourish in this climate.” Now entering her third season, Aimee has 84 different flowers, her favorite of which is zinnias.
What’s in season always dictates what items Aimee can provide to the public. However, customers can always count on farm bouquets and mason jar arrangements. If Aimee has a surplus of one plant any given week, she also offers bunches of whichever flowers are available. Towards the end of her season Aimee also offers dried flowers, which last beautifully for months. “Last year I also made dried flower wreaths, dried flower Christmas ornaments, and pumpkin floral arrangements which were a huge hit,” said Aimee. Aimee typically opens up shop for Mother’s Day. Her flowers can be purchased online beginning Sunday evenings and ready for pickup on Wednesdays at Bacchini’s Fruit Stand. If you don’t mind a drive, Brentwood Blooms can also be found at the Livermore, San Ramon and Orinda farmer’s markets.
Brentwood Blooms offers beautiful arrangements from May until November. Aimee’s ultimate goal is for Brentwood Blooms to be the go-to farm in the area for flowers. “I would love to have more of a local presence and to provide flowers year-round. I have agricultural roots in Brentwood, and when I think about farming it always comes back home. Maybe one day I’ll even have some fruit trees of my own.”
Photos by: Ron Essex Photography