Alicia’s 2013 Year In Review

laura ashley rain boots

1/6 – I’m back home in California! Headed out for a walk thru the vineyards with my new Laura Ashley boots on. I love winter in Northern California, the grass is green and the rain is refreshing.

1/6 - My Cocker Spaniel, Matisse, is a huge fan of running at full speed thru the vineyards. The light is magical the way it filters through a light fog.

1/6 – My Cocker Spaniel, Matisse, is a huge fan of running at full speed thru the vineyards. The light is magical the way it filters through a light fog.

pink and gold wedding reception

1/12 – Attended The Lab Event hosted by Yasmin of Floral Theory. Here I met Polly of Valley Flora and this is her table!

1/22 - Santa Barbara, California!

1/22 – Santa Barbara, California!

Chuck Graham floral designer

1/22 – Chuck takes in the scenery at Florabundance Inspirational Design Days

Laurie Garza

1/22 – Laurie of Fleurie at Florabundance Inspirational Design Days

Alicia Schwede and Chuck Graham

1/22 – Chuck & Alicia at Florabundance Inspirational Design Days – Santa Barbara, California

Francoise Weeks floral studio

1/28 – Francoise Weeks’ Floral Design studio in Portland, Oregon — I’m here to take a 3 day woodland design workshop with Janet from Floral Verde!

woodland floral design centerpiece

1/28 – Portland with Janet of Floral Verde, this is one of her killer designs from our Francoise Weeks’ workshop

Janet of Floral Verde

1/28 – Janet of Floral Verde at The Woodlands Workshop – Portland, Oregon

1/31 - Visited Peterkort Nursery while in Oregon and fell in love with this greenhouse filled with orchids and maiden hair ferns.

1/31 – Visited Peterkort Nursery while in Oregon and fell in love with this greenhouse filled with orchids and maiden hair ferns.

Camellia Flower Show

2/2 – A Camellia Show in Napa, California

2/26 - A little something for fun, wanted to play with California's bounty of flowers

2/26 – A little something for fun, wanted to play with California’s bounty of flowers

pink and white flower trees

3/4 – Spring is in full bloom! Healdsburg, California

field of daffodils and trees

3/10 – On a Daffodil hunt. Ukiah, California

3/10 - The Quince! unbelievable!! Ukiah, California

3/10 – The Quince! unbelievable!!
Ukiah, California

bridal bouquet of orange, yellow and succulents by Bella Fiori

3/16 – Bridal bouquet for a wedding in Palo Alto, California

3/19 - Joost of Florabundance & Francoise Weeks, New York City

3/19 – Joost of Florabundance & Francoise Weeks, New York City

3/19 - My bouquet in front of David Beahm's Studio in New York City

3/19 – My bouquet in front of David Beahm’s Studio in New York City

Alicia Schwede & Karen Tran

3/20 – Karen Tran & I, New York City

Natalie Bowen at SF Bouquets to Art

3/21 – Back to San Francisco and straight away to Bouquets to Art! This piece was designed by Natalie Bowen

Forsythia Branches

3/22 – Lupe & Forsythia Branches at San Francisco Flower Mart

Bella Fiori - dogwood, pieris japonica, pink roses

3/22 – back from NYC & SF, arm loads of flowers, I feel the need to create for the fun of it!

Bella Fiori - burgundy, pink and white opulent arrangement

3/23 – My dad claims this is the best one! Guess he likes the opulent colors.

succulents wall

3/24 – Wall of Succulents at San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

3/30 - Assist the lovely Nancy of The Oak & The Owl on a photoshoot, so much fun with this sweet lady! Palo Alto, California

3/30 – Assist the lovely Nancy of The Oak & The Owl on a photoshoot, so much fun with this sweet lady! Palo Alto, California

Skagit Tulip Festival Washington State

4/15 – To Washington we go! Visited the Tulip Festival in Skagit County. Crazy to think that at this point I had NO idea I’d be moving to Washington just a few months later.

Laurie Garza

4/28 – Excellent Flower Adventures with my BFF Laurie Garza! We visited Filoli, Flora Grubb, Berkeley Rose Garden, Oakland Rose Garden, Ron Morgan’s Shop! – Woodside, San Francisco & Berkeley, California

rose gardens

5/5 – Russian River Rose Company, lovely rose gardens in Healdsburg, California

orange and yellow garden roses with mint in copper vase

5/5 – I need a bouquet of garden roses and mint…

garden roses in buckets

5/9 – San Francisco Flower Mart – here to pick up arm loads of flowers for a Ladies Luncheon

spring flower arrangement

5/10 – Designing away for a Ladies Luncheon, the spring flowers were just amazing

bridal bouquet of blue hydrangeas, yellow roses and iris

5/11 – While at the church designing the Ladies Luncheon’s flowers in walks a lady with buckets of flowers out of her garden. She is getting married at the church the next day. I ask if I can make her bridal bouquet. #FlowerAddict

outdoor reception with long tables

6/1 – I had the pleasure of freelancing for Valley Flora in Napa a few times while in California. Polly & Brooke are so talented! This is one of their weddings.

Alena Jean Florist

6/4 – Half Moon Bay to visit Alena at her flower shop!

6/4 - Visited Louie Figone's flower farm with Nancy Liu Chin, fabulous day! Half Moon Bay, California

6/4 – Visited Louie Figone’s flower farm with Nancy Liu Chin, fabulous day! Half Moon Bay, California

blush and pink roses

6/9 – Blush Roses arrive from Harvest Roses for a Rose Study – Ukiah, California

6/21 - Purple and lavender roses arrive from Harvest Roses for a Rose Study - Seattle, Washington

6/21 – Purple and lavender roses arrive from Harvest Roses for a Rose Study – Seattle, Washington

International Rose Garden in Portland

6/24 – Stop by for a visit to Portland’s International Rose Gardens, Portland, Oregon

Green Valley Growers Flower Farm

7/1 – Visited the Hydrangeas at Green Valley Growers, Sebastopol, California

lavender bridal bouquet wrapped with burlap

7/6 – Lavender Bridal Bouquet for a wedding in Sebastopol, California

white and blush bridal bouquets by Bella Fiori

7/6 – Bridal Bouquets for a wedding in Healdsburg, California

Zinnia and Chocolate sunflower arrangement

7/11 – The Zinnias, Sunflowers and amaranths are starting to bloom in my flower garden!

Max Gill

7/18 – Spent the day with Max Gill – Berkeley, California

Holly Chapple

7/22 – Off to Virginia to Holly’s House for our workshop!

Chapel Designers in Virginia

7/23 – All the ladies and I at the Workshop we had at Holly’s House in Virginia!

7/23 - The one and only arrangement I made while at Holly's house, I raided her Persimmon tree! Virginia

7/23 – The one and only arrangement I made while at Holly’s house, I raided her Persimmon tree! Virginia

massachusetts woods

7/26 – Out for a walk in the woods with my niece & nephew – Massachusetts

Robyn of Bare Root Flora, Crystal, Amy of The Flower House and Alicia Schwede

8/5 – Hanging out with my girls! Love & miss these three so much; Robyn, Crystal & Amy. Denver, Colorado

LDS The Gardens at Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City

8/7 – visited The Gardens at Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.

8/12 - Field of Sunflowers - Hopland, California

8/12 – Field of Sunflowers – Hopland, California

Dahlia Gardens

8/13 – The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens to see the Dahlia Festival! Ft Bragg, California

Bella Fiori Fresh picked floral arrangement

8/16 – My garden is in full bloom!

Washington State

9/2 – Chad & I move to Washington State! It’s gorgeous here.

Flora Organica Arcata California

9/17 – Headed back to California as I have 3 fall weddings to design. Stopped in Arcata, California to visit Faye at Flora Organica – look at all her dahlias!

burlap and lace centerpieces with green and white hydrangea by Bella Fiori

9/21 – Centerpieces of hydrangeas and Patience garden roses for a wedding in Healdsburg, California

Aztec Dahlias Petaluma California

10/4 – Gathering fresh cut white Dahlias for a wedding – Petaluma, California

Chalk Hill Clematis Farm

10/8 – Visit Chalk Hill Clematis Farm in Healdsburg, California

all green flower arrangement

10/12 – The three weddings are completed and it’s time for me to return to Washington. I make one last arrangement for my mom prior to hitting the road.

Floral Designer flower masks

10/24 – Off to Portland, Oregon to spend time with these lovely ladies!
Creating for the sake of Creating.

10/26 - Listening to Debra Prinzing at a lecture at Intentional Table on Bainbridge Island, Washington

10/26 – Listening to Debra Prinzing at a lecture at Intentional Table on Bainbridge Island, Washington

pink and yellow orchid

11/9 – Orchid Show at Swansons Nursery – Washington

Riz Reyes

11/15 – Hanging out with Riz Reyes and designing for fun! Seattle, Washington

Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

12/12 – Seattle Wholesale Growers Market for their Holiday Open House!

What a year! I don’t think I realized how much ground I covered until I look back at these photographs. Looking at these photographs makes me happy, I see the faces of so many wonderful people!
To be honest with all of you, 2013 was one of the most tumultuous and hardest years of my life. Plans didn’t work out as planned. Most importantly, five people who meant the world to me, to my family and to my friends passed away this year. There were moments of grief that were so deep and painful, that brought me to my knees and I didn’t think I’d ever be able to stand up again.
I had one lesson this year that really sunk in; sometimes joy has to be found in moments – because at times there will only be moments of happiness to see through the difficult times. I am extremely thankful for this blog and the people I have met because of it, I love flowers and I love the floral industry – flowers and friends pulled me through the darkness this year.

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Comments

  1. I absolute this post!!!!!! I can’t wait and see what 2014 awaits in the flower world.

  2. I am so thankful that flowers and fate brought us together. What a year it has been, highs and lows. Here’s to a more settled, yet equally flowery new year! I can’t wait to plan our next flower adventure.

  3. Wow…what a year for you Alicia! Sending you lots of love, light and Colorado sunshine. Hoping to see you next year!

  4. What a year! I loved looking through this post and tracing your journey to arrive here in Washington by the end of the year 🙂 Glad you are here Alicia, and can’t wait to get to know you better!

  5. A beautiful post, Alicia! I love the lavender bouquet and the arrangement you made for your mom! Wow! Cheers to a joyful 2014.

  6. AMEN to that. Love the arrangement you made your mom.

  7. HEY! What fun it was to have you over at the UW Botanic Garden’s Center for Urban Horticulture to create some designs with me!

    Welcome to the Pacific Northwest and may your kindness, generosity and natural talents be on display for all to enjoy and learn from!

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