Happy Dahlia Farm in Petaluma has closed while the owners search for a potential new buyer

Happy Dahlia Farm in Petaluma has closed while the owners search for a potential new buyer

Local Petaluma flower farm Happy Dahlia Farm has closed due to financing issues and the owners’ desire to devote more time to spending with family.

Owners Megan and Tony Major announced the closure of Happy Dahlia Farm in a Facebook post last week.

“We were unable to find a suitable location to move the flowers to or secure funding to continue the farm,” the couple said in their post. “The decision was not made lightly and we want to express our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you who have been a part of our journey.”

Maintaining the farm has been a financial challenge for the couple along with requiring days to care for the flowers, Megan Major told The Press Democrat on Thursday.

“I was working 16 hours a day at least five days a week, and then I would worry at night that all of our assets were still alive,” Megan said. “It was also about family first and the well-being of our home.”

She and her husband are looking for potential buyers to take over the farm space, and have already received a number of inquiries, she said.

Megan, a former freelance makeup artist, and Tony, a former Audi mechanic, bought the farm, then known as Aztec Dahlias, outside Petaluma in 2020.

Megan had no gardening experience, and although Tony had grown up with fruit trees in his backyard, he had never taken care of anything larger than that before.

The Aztecs planted dahlias with different types of the dense, tuberous flower for occasions such as weddings. When the Majors bought the farm, they immediately turned it into a community space and safe haven.

Happy Dahlia Farm has grown over 100 varieties of dahlias and holds numerous events throughout the dahlia season to give visitors a chance to connect with nature, build their own bouquets, and participate in a full moon ceremony or sound bath. Sound bathing is an experience in which you immerse yourself in deep sound vibrations, which can be soothing to participants.

“I always wanted to create a space for people to have access to beauty,” Megan said.

The farm recently held a final sale where dahlia and farm enthusiasts can purchase tubers, garden supplies and furniture used at the flower farm. Megan hopes that because there is no longer a dahlia farm in Petaluma, people will be able to “keep the dahlia dream alive” by building their own sanctuaries or small gardens.

But the Majors won’t be leaving Sonoma County anytime soon.

Megan says she plans to take a break before starting some business coaching for other entrepreneurs who also want to make an impact with their business ventures.

She also wants to continue holding moon ceremonies and sound baths as she did at the farm, as well as launching other projects.

“I’m really proud of what we’ve built and the way we’ve built it.”

You can reach Staff Writer Sarah Edwards at 707-521-5487 or sara.edwards@pressdemocrat. com. On Twitter @sedwards380.

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