Home Newsmakers Outside Interests Dahlias Take Up Nearly as Much Time Now as Dilations for Farming...

Dahlias Take Up Nearly as Much Time Now as Dilations for Farming OD

Dr. Chan

Siva Chan, OD, has been a partner in Oculus Eye Care and Optical in Vaughan, Ontario and Dr. Siva Chan and Associates in Markham – but several years ago, she began exploring her interest in flower farming more seriously. A little more than a decade ago, her family found a 1.8-acre farm property that would allow her to grow dahlias and other flowers by the thousands. Now, FairyPatch Flower Farm has been taking up more and more of her time. “The farm business is almost taking over as my full-time work,” she says.

From tulips and daffodils in the springtime to an explosion of lavender, poppies, ranunculus, dahlias and more throughout the summer to fall  and dried flower arrangements later in the year, as well as selling tubers (sorry, she cannot ship to the U.S.), the sustainable local garden keeps her busy all year long.

Tulips ready for pickup

The farm sells subscriptions to bouquets and dried arrangements for pickup and dahlia tubers can be shipped within Canada. It is not open to the public, but her Facebook and Instagram pages let viewers enjoy the sights and imagine the scents.

Dahlias of every variety

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Pretty With a Touch of Pink: Punto Focal

Rochelle Mota, OD, and her husband, Billy Hrncir, were entrepreneurs before they ventured into the business of optometry. They previously opened two businesses—a coffee...

Meet the Student Advisory Board: Ashlee Payne, NECO

By Ashlee Payne, WO Student Advisory Board Member and NECO Student Being a mother of two boys-- 3 and 7 years old--I often hear, “How...

Rewriting the Future

By Cindy Hui, OD, San Francisco Bay Area OD and writer I was drifting along in my professional life in a state of subacute contentment;...

Dr. Shira Kresch: A Specialty Lens Practice Start

Listen to this 20-minute WO Voices podcast with Shira Kresch, OD, MS, FAAO. Dr. Kresch, winner of the 2023 Theia Award of Excellence for...