Your name: Michelle VandenBosch
Your Business name: Michelle VandenBosch
Your Location: Ottawa Ontario Canada
How did you start your business?
I have been in the floral industry for 25 years working for other flower shops. It was time for me to create the business I wanted for myself.
How many years have you been in business?
This is my third year.
What is your design aesthetic?
I believe that paying attention to your floral material will show you how your flowers should be used. Maybe it is the curve of the stem of the orchid, the lazy leaf on a tulip or the face of the rose….notice the form of your material and allow them to speak to you.
What inspires you?
Nature…moss, rocks, branches, a pretty day
What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
I try to stay away from trends. Beautiful flowers and great design is timeless. I prefer to listen to what my clients want and create something beautiful. I am not the Style Police. Not all of my clients desires are my style but as long as I make them happy, I am happy.
Today I was actually picking a truck load of red Ilex berries for Christmas Urns. They grow in the marshes and this has been a great year for this pretty red berry. There is also alot of Winter Foliage around to pick in Canada. Our winters are cold and snowy but all spring, summer and fall we enjoy flowering plants such as lily of the valley, peonies, delphinium, tulips, hydrangea, bittersweet and sunflowers.
Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
I am a home based business. I travel around to my clients and see what there needs are in their environment or on site at the venue where the event is taking place. I bought a cooler 2 years ago which is perfect for weddings and events.
Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
I also take care of display and decor for clients. Creating exciting booths for Food Shows is one of my favorite jobs. Working without the restrictions of a retail flower shop has a lot of flexibility and alot of fun!
What does your toolbox look like?
I like my tool box neat with specific items loaded in for the job I am working on.
What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
This is going to sound crazy but it is lip balm! I find when I am working on an event, if I have lip balm, then I feel more comfortable and do not feel as thirsty.
What’s your favorite flower?
Every week I love something because of the colour or quality but without fail, my constant favorite is a White Phaleonopsis Orchid Plant. I love the subtle shimmer of the petals and the grace of this elegant plant.
Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
I love my job!!!! I have had some amazing experiences in my career. Standing on the main stage of Parliament Hill for Canada Day when our Queen was visiting as the sun rose for the day. Watching The Prince and Princess of Wales walk into an event that I was a part of. Hearing that Nelson Mandela smiled a huge smile when he saw an arrangement I had made full of proteas. Sending my brides down the aisle still brings me to tears every time. I can not imagine doing anything else for my career that brings me so much joy!