Meet Tom and Deni Peterson, proud owners of Blue Door Garden, Inc. From selecting seeds, to the heated hoop houses where seedlings flourish, to the sunny hillside fields, Deni and Tom tend their gardens year round to deliver the freshest organic flowers imaginable.
Their passion for the soil began in 1988 where they were both leading adventure programs and teaching environmental education at the W. Alton Jones Environmental Education Center in Rhode Island. Deni was caring for an historic herb and vegetable garden and Tom found himself entranced by this young gardener. So began a life-time together caring for each other and the land they tilled.
Believing strongly in a natural environment, Deni and Tom have been organic growers from the start. Together, they have tended farms and gardens in Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Illinois and sold produce at farmers markets. For 5 years, their crops were the primary source for vegetables at a renowned Chicago restaurant, Campagnola.
In 2001, Deni and Tom settled in Abingdon, VA to raise their twin boys. As true community farmers, they began Blue Door Garden, a flourishing two acre farm that grows flowers, vegetables, and herbs for the Abingdon Farmers Market, local restaurants, and C.S.A subscriptions. Over time, Blue Door Garden has grown into Southwest Virginia’s primary source for fresh, local, organically grown fresh and dried flowers, while Deni’s unbound creativity has developed a reputation for providing full-service floral arrangements that are stunning to behold and a treat for the eye.