Sonnenblume is the German word for sunflower, and is the name of my flower farm and floral design studio, located in the heart of Minnesota.

Sonnenblume Flower Farm and Design is a full-service floral design studio and flower farm in Brainerd, Minnesota. The flower farm provides almost all of the flowers used in Sonnenblume’s weddings, events, retail floral designs, farmers markets, and more.

I am committed to customer satisfaction, delight, and education. I strive to use only the highest-quality local flowers, the most interesting and delightful varieties, and to educate customers about the joy of flowers through community outreach.

About the designs

Sonnenblume floral designs are a celebration of color and texture. The flowers grown here on the farm come in a wide range of hues, allowing for beautiful tonal color combinations in each arrangement. I also love using a variety of textural elements, which are what make my designs so interesting and pleasing to the eye.

I choose flowers that are unique and unusual, so I can surprise my customers with flowers they might never have seen before.

My designs have been described as romantic, natural, organic and different. People love how many different kinds of flowers there are in each arrangement, and how no two arrangements are ever the same.

My brides also love the variety of flowers used in their bouquets and decor, and how unique their wedding feels because of the fresh, local flowers. Click here for more information about wedding design.

About the farm

The flower farm is nestled in the old hay field behind our family home. Surrounded by forest and meadow, it’s the perfect place to grow over 40 different types of flowers in hundreds of varietals.

Nothing beats a flower that’s cut fresh in the morning, in its perfect stage of bloom, and that only travels a few miles to you without ever leaving water or being put in a box.

It’s a stark contrast to conventional flowers which are bred for standardization, cut before they bloom, dipped in chemicals, wrapped in plastic and then shipped dry in a box for thousands of miles to a florist, after which they go to you.

That’s why I grow my own flowers–I know that my flowers are higher quality, longer-lasting, more fragrant, and more vibrant than conventional flowers.

About Mary Schaefbauer

I started my first floral business in 2016, at the age of 14. It wasn’t much then, but I kept building it through high school and a college program. Now at 18, with a fresh high school diploma and an AAS Degree in Business Management, I am working full time as a farmer-florist and loving it.

I have always loved flowers, as well as design and color, and agriculture, and business… so my current line of work is a perfect fit for me. I have been working in professional floral design for over 4 years and I’ve trained with some of the best designers in the area.

I farm, design, and live in my family home during the growing season, and this year will be freelancing in other states during the winter months. I’m forever grateful to my parents for helping me grow my business, and letting me tear up the hayfield and scatter leaves and flowers all over the basement.

About sustainability

I am committed to sustainability, so I use locally grown flowers almost exclusively. Sourcing chemical-free flowers ensures that my designs do not cause harm to the soil, to our vital pollinators, or to myself or my customers.

Importing flowers creates a huge carbon footprint, so I always source from nearby growers first (plus, that stimulates our local economy). I reduce waste by avoiding single-use plastics like flower sleeves and floral foam, and I compost all floral waste and leftovers.

I always to my best to take care of the earth, since it is such a vital element of my business and my life.

July 2019 farm tour


  • Celeste

    So proud of you! Wishes for your business to double as your flowers ? you are growing did. Do what you love and enjoy life you are an amazing young woman and I am proud of your passion, spirit, work ethic and your love of life and pursuing it,

  • Kathy Bruhjell

    I found the beautiful bouquet that you left at the Nisswa turtle races on Wednesday. I live in Dassel which is about 35 miles south of St. Cloud. The flowers still look great and I’m using them as a center piece on my kitchen countertop. It made our trip to Nisswa extra special.

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