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Flower Farming School Online:

Bulbs, Perennials, Woodies, and More!

Online School with Dave Dowling

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to grow and sell bulbs, perennials, and woody flowers while building a thriving flower farming business.


Dave Dowling
(52 customer reviews)

Who is This School For?


Flower Farmers

Aspiring Farmers

Aspiring Flower Farmers

Passionate Home Gardners

Passionate Home Gardeners

Why Grow Bulbs, Perennials, & Woodies?

Market differentiator from competitors

Stable income for years

Long-lived plants

Long-lived plants

Low maintenance

What are Bulbs, Perennials, & Woodies?


Plants that store the energy needed for their complete life cycle in an underground structure


Plants that live more than two years, growing back from their roots each season 


Perennials that form hard stems and survive above ground year round 

1,951 Students Enrolled

Your Instructor, Dave Dowling

Commercial Flower Farmer For 20+ Years

National Speaker

Past President of the ASCFG

Cut Flower Specialist with Ball Seed

Meet Dave Dowling

Dave Dowling grew cut flowers in Montgomery County, MD for 20 years. With field, high tunnel, and greenhouse production, Farmhouse Flowers & Plants produced cut flowers year round.

Most of the flowers raised were sold at area farmers markets, including two year round markets in the Washington, DC area. Direct sales to retail florists and Whole Foods rounded out the marketing channels used selling hundreds of thousands of cut flowers each year. Flowers were sold direct to florists from Baltimore to Washington, DC through Capital Flower Growers, LLC, a cooperative formed with two other flower growers in 2013.

Dave has experience building and maintaining high tunnels and greenhouses for cut flower production.

Early in 2014, Dave closed his cut flower business and began working for Ednie Flower Bulb, which became a division of Fred C Gloeckner & Co. Late in 2020, the Ball Seed Company purchased Gloeckner. He keeps busy as Ball ColorLink sales rep and advisor to cut flower growers across North America with small to medium sized farms. Dave also works on marketing & promotions, cut flower training, and sourcing new cut flower products at Ball Seed.

Dave served as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG) from 2002 through 2004, and served as President from 2006 to 2009, and again from 2016 to 2018. He was the ASCFG Industry Liaison from 2014-2015, Dave was the chairperson of the ASCFG National Conference held in Lancaster, PA in 2005.

Dave’s Speaking Engagements

What Past Students Are Saying

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Online Learning at Your Own Pace

Study from anywhere, at any time, on any device for life. Purchase this school today & get full access to all the content immediately at your fingertips!

Dave’s comprehensive curriculum is designed to take you flower by flower with OVER 9 HOURS of presentations and how-to videos spread out over 6 bite-sized modules. PLUS, 1,907 easily accessible & searchable past Frequently Asked Questions with Dave.

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School Content

Video Sessions

Flowers Covered

Printable Handouts

Class 1 – Bulbs

Session 1 – Lilies
Session 2 – Tulips
Session 3 – Narcissus/Daffodils
Session 4A – Allium
Session 4B – Liatris
Session 5A – Hyacinth
Session 5B – Iris
Session 6A – Tuberose
Session 6B – Gladiolus
Session 6C – Acidanthera
Session 6D – Crocosmia

Class 2 - Bulbs Continued

Session 1A – Freesia
Session 1B – Ornithogalum
Session 2A – Anemone
Session 2B – Ranunculus
Session 3A – Fritillaria
Session 3B – Muscari
Session 4A – Amaryllis
Session 4B – Paperwhites
Session 5 – Dahlias
Session 6 – Callas
Session 7 – Minor Bulbs

Class 3 - Perennials

Session 1 – Peony
Session 2 – Baptisia
Session 3A – Monarda
Session 3B – Agastache
Session 4A – Astilbe
Session 4B – Helleborus
Session 4C – Convallaria – Lily of the Valley
Session 4D – Polygonatum – Solomon’s Seal
Session 5A – Mountain Mint
Session 5B – Lysimachia Clethroides
Session 6A – Phlox
Session 6B – Achillea – Yarrow
Session 7A – Echinops
Session 7B – Eryngium
Session 7C – Eupatorium
Session 8 – Digitalis

Class 4 - Perennials Continued

Session 1A – Campanula
Session 1B – Platycodon
Session 2A – Eremurus – Foxtail Lily
Session 2B – Helenium
Session 3A – Salvia
Session 3B – Rudbeckia
Session 4 – Echinacea
Session 5 – Sedum
Session 6A – Astrantia
Session 6B – Asclepias
Session 6C – Chocolate Cosmos
Session 6D – Tricyrtis
Session 7 – Delphinium
Session 8A – Alchemilla
Session 8B – Veronica
Session 9 –Chrysanthemum

Bonus – Fall Clean Up

Class 5 - Woody Plants

Session 1A – Hydrangea – Blooms on New Growth
Session 1B – Hydrangea – Blooms on Old Growth
Session 2 – Salix – Willows
Session 3A – Cronus – Dogwood
Session 3B – Ilex – Holly
Session 3C – Physocarpus – Nine Bark
Session 4A – Viburnum
Session 4B – Lilac
Session 4C – Magnolia
Session 4D – Quince
Session 4E – Weigela
Session 5A – Forsythia
Session 5B – Symphoricarpus – Snowberry – Coral Berry
Session 5C – Caryopteris
Session 6A – Cotinus
Session 6B – Nandina
Session 6C – Abelia
Session 6D – Other Misc. Woodies

Class 6 - Structures and More

Session 1 – Basic Building
Session 2 – Low and Temporary Tunnels
Session 3 – High Tunnels
Session 4 – Shade Structures
Session 5 – Greenhouses
Session 6 – Cool-Bot
Session 7 – Brokers Explained

PLUS, get these bonuses

BONUS 1: Exclusive 875+ Member Facebook Community

Connect with almost like-minded individuals: Being part of a community of students who share the same interest in flower farming can help you stay up-to-date on industry trends, get access to exclusive resources while receiving feedback and support from your peers.

Exclusive 875+ Member Facebook Community

BONUS 2: Webinar Replays

We’re dedicated to helping you become a flower farming master. That’s why we’ve added bonus webinar replay videos that cover everything from farmers markets to selling to florists, we’ve got all the tips and tricks you need to succeed.

  • Peony Planting, Harvesting, and Selling
  • Making Farmers Markets Fun and Profitable
  • Farm Hacks
  • Planting Perennial Plugs in Spring
  • Success with Succession Planting
  • Growing More- Expand Your Business
  • How Much Should I Plant
  • Selling to Florists this season with Ellen Frost
  • Spring-Planted Perennial Plugs
  • Grow These Top Perennial Cut Flowers
Farmers Market Fun & Profit

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between School courses and Workshops?

Workshops vary from sixty minutes to over four hours of instruction, see individual courses for details. Each of these courses offers lots of valuable information on a specific topic that you can digest in a short amount of time and put into action right away.

School course content is much more comprehensive and covers broad topics. School courses are meant to serve as a long-term reference tool that you will use all throughout the course of your flower farming journey. Each course includes 6 modules, which each contain multiple video training sessions, instructor worksheets, and handouts, and an FAQ archive. All of the course sessions (including the FAQs) are searchable by keyword, so you can always find and go directly to the information that you need at any given time.

May I watch more than once?

You have lifetime unlimited access to your purchased courses.

Do I have unlimited access?

You have lifetime unlimited access to your purchased courses.

Do I have to watch at a certain time?

You can watch the courses anytime at your convenience. Purchased On-Demand Courses will appear in your library immediately and will always be there for viewing. 

Do you offer course discounts?

Yes, once you are part of our course family (owning any online school or workshop) you will be eligible for $50 off additional school courses.

I live outside of the USA, may I purchase a course?

Yes, our online courses are available internationally.

Are the courses focused on growing in a specific region or area?

No, the courses are based on methods to apply to any growing area.


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What Past Students Are Saying

52 reviews for Flower Farming School Online: Bulbs, Perennials, Woodies, and More!

  1. Michele Hozer

    Dave’s courses are fabulous! And the best part is that I can refer to them every day! They are essential!!

  2. Lisa

    Sooooo valuable. Dave is so knowledgeable. I’m not sure how he manages to keep up to all of the questions that he continuously gets, but he answers everyone, in a concise, patient fashion. Very grateful to have taken the course. I need to review everything this month again. Thank you so much!

  3. Kim

    Best classes ever!

  4. Sophie Trouillet Ducharme

    I took this course in winter 2020, planning for my 2nd season of flower farming and I’m so glad I did. I gained such a huge amount of knowledge for expanding my offering ! It gave me the confidence to expand my bulbs, perennials, shrubs production efficiently, avoiding years of trials and errors and $$ loss. Dave is an awesome teacher (and a living flower farming encyclopedia;) and putted all on his knowledge in easy to understand way, and thouroughly and clearly answered all questions. It was really like having a very skilled perso/big brother in your office telling you “do more of this, stop messing with that” and that was exactely what I needed !

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