Looking to inject some vibrant, joyful colour into your feed? Follow Antonio Valente. As a third-generation grower, Valente followed—roughly—in his father and grandfather's footsteps, taking a sharp turn away from their trade of growing vegetables and grapevines to start a flower farm instead.
Valente is known amongst the florists he wholesales to for his specialty varieties of flowers and for his sustainable, organic growing practices. On his Instagram feed, Youtube channel, and website, Valente shares his knowledge for coaxing the brightest blooms out of any size of garden. (He also appears on CTV’s Your Morning as an on-air gardening expert.)
For those looking to hone their green thumb, he recently launched a seasonal online shop selling seeds and bulbs of heirloom or pollinator-friendly flowers such as ranunculus, gladiolus, dahlias, narcissus, peonies, and foxgloves.