About Speckled Hen Floral

Welcome! I'm Elizabeth, the owner/farmer/artist of Speckled Hen Floral established in 2023.  

Joyfully creative at heart, I taught K-8 art through Germany, Virginia and Maryland until settling down in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 2010.   

The land in Dickinson Township has a way of embracing you with nature, trails, creeks and farms.  The mountains and water call for appreciation of all their beauty.  As an artist, I want to share that beauty, creativity and a bit of whimsy with you.

I began planting my home gardens on an empty lot in 2011.   First trees, shrubs and bulbs adding more each year.  2019 was the year I discovered growing dahlias.  Little did I know they are highly addictive!  1 dahlia became 20, then 40, until this year, I'm growing 128 dahlias.  My favorites are pale pink but I really love them for their variety and prolific blooms July through October.  As a full-fledged flower addict, I joined Floret's Farmer Florist Workshop in 2023 and launched Speckled Hen Floral soon after.

My focus is sharing flowers, creativity and building community.  Speckled Hen Floral creates and shares that joy through the authentic beauty of seasonal, local blooms and gifts.  Fresh-cut flowers have an invigorating energy that uplifts and brightens our lives. When we pursue creativity like painting or flower arranging, we harness joyful energy!  Creation is incredibly powerful and flowers are a wonderful place to start.

Join me in creating by ordering flowers, planning an art workshop or flower bar event.  If you have an upcoming formal event or wedding, allow me to assist by making custom orders to make your event extra-special.

I invite you to invigorate your creative soul with Speckled Hen Florals this season.


What flowers do you grow?

My top producers are my 120 dahlias blooming from July to the first frost in late October.  I also grow sweetpeas, snapdragons, lsianthus, chrysanthemums, sunflowers, zinna and a bunch of filler flowers and perennials. Look for seasonal flower photos on the Events-Weddings tab.

Do you do weddings?

Absolutely!!  As a small farmer-florist, I love making custom arrangements on an a-la-cart basis.  I like to think of my services a a happy-medium between DIY and full-service florals.  Please see our Event-Weddings tab for more information.

How did you decide on the name Speckled Hen Floral?

Raising chickens was on my buck-list and my neighbor gifted me two chickens in 2022.  I was instantly smitten.  Hens are funny to watch (unless they're digging up my flowers).  Keeping living creatures in the garden adds a vibrant element to your life. Also, "speckled hen" conjures a whimsical, fun image ad that's exactly what I'm going for!

What's special about your Paint & Sip events?

I love seeing people's joy when they're trying something new while out of their comfort zone.  My lessons offer simple instruction with lots of individual choice so that finished works look like YOU painted it.  No cookie-cutter-copying in my classes.