In The Garden with Fleurie – Roses

Hello Flower Friends, I’m excited to launch a new column here on Flirty Fleurs – In The Garden with Fleurie. Fleurie is owned by Laurie Garza and located in Central California. Laurie has shared much gardening knowledge with me over the years and I feel she’ll offer Flirty Fleurs readers great information about cutting gardens.

Hello Flirty Fleurs readers! I’d like to introduce myself, I am Laurie Garza, chief flower slinger and flower grower at Fleurie | Flower Studio in Reedley, California, right near the hot center of the state. I am not only a floral designer, but have taught floral design and propagation at the junior college level, and a California Certified Nurserywoman. I have always loved gardening and the natural world, it just came naturally at a very young age.
One of my favorite type of flowers to enjoy, grow and design with is the rose.
Last year I added some David Austin roses and a few commercial cut flower type roses to my already overflowing collection of 70 + various cultivars of roses in the garden. This year, those new roses are really producing a lot of flowers! I like all sizes and shapes of flowers, from miniatures to antique to hybrid teas and floribundas.
I’d like to share a few of my current personal favorites. My favorites change all the time! How can a flower lover choose? These are not necessarily the perfect cut flower, but their beauty is worth it, even if fleeting.

Tranquility
A creamy white David Austin rose with the prettiest medium size very symmetrically shaped flower-

Tranquility - David Austin Garden Rose

Tranquility – David Austin Garden Rose


Tranquility - David Austin Garden Rose

Tranquility – David Austin Garden Rose

Port Sunlight
This was an elusive one for me to figure out! I first saw it at the Morcom Rose Garden in Oakland, and was in love! The color was perfect and the scent was divine. But thanks to a couple of helpful flower people, after nearly a year had passed, and a second visit, it was determined that this mystery rose was indeed Port Sunlight.

Port Sunlight Peach Garden Rose

Port Sunlight

Koko Loko
This is one gorgeous, unusually colored roses. Taupey, lavender, beige, mauve are all descriptions I’d use for the color of this rose. It’s second year in my garden and it has tripled in size!

Koko Loko Rose by Weeks Roses

Koko Loko Rose by Weeks Roses

Koko Loko Rose by Weeks Roses

Koko Loko Rose by Weeks Roses

Sally Holmes
A pillar rose, starting out as a buff colored bud, opening to a beautiful ivory with pretty yellow stamens.

Sally Holmes Roses

Sally Holmes

Princess Alexandra of Kent
A big blousy rose of a rich pink tone. It has a little dustiness to it similar to a Romantic Antike rose, but more pink toned.

Princess Alexandra of Kent - pink garden roses

Princess Alexandra of Kent

St. Swithun – David Austin Roses
It’s a gorgeous clear pale pink and has a nice strong myrrh- rose scent, seems to be a vigorous grower so far.

St. Swithun - David Austin Roses - Pink Garden Roses Grown by Fleurie

St. Swithun – David Austin Roses

Charlotte, a David Austin Rose
I love the soft buttery color of this one, the color is a good blender for a lot of different shades of flowers. It seems to bloom well even in the heat of summer.

Charlotte - David Austin Rose

Charlotte – David Austin Rose


Charlotte David Austin Garden Rose

Charlotte David Austin Garden Rose

Falstaff and Koko Loko
Falstaff is a huge, heavy, many petaled rose, which has a blue cast to it, lending it toward the burgundy tones.

Falstaff - David Austin Roses Koko Loko - Weeks Roses

Falstaff – David Austin Roses
Koko Loko – Weeks Roses

All of the white roses I cut from 3 David Austin Tranquility rose bushes that I planted in May 2015. So far it has outlasted all the other roses in an arrangement I made recently.

Tranquility - David Austin Roses

Tranquility – David Austin Roses

Contact-
Laurie Garza
Fleurie
http://fleurieflower.com
All photos are by Laurie Garza

Fabulous Florist :: Fleurie Flower Studio, California

Fleurie Flowers
Your name: Laurie Garza
Your Business name: Fleurie | Flower Studio
Your Location: Reedley, CA

Fleurie Flowers, Reedley, California, wedding party

How did you start your business and how many years have you been in business?
I started my business after years of wanting to be more involved in the flower world. I officially started my business in 2010. After getting city licenses, conditional use permits etc., I was ready to start.
I started working in a retail flower shop when I was in high school, and then went on to a career in a retail nursery, always going back and forth from horticulture to floral design.

Fleurie Flowers, Reedley, California, compote design with white and orange flowers

www.nikkimartinez.com \ Clovis Family Photographer

What is your design aesthetic and what inspires you?
I started out my career as a horticulturist, growing flowers is second nature. I love flowers and foliages from the garden, twigs and branches, natural looking materials, not too refined, and lots of little detailed things. I am not sure I have one design aesthetic pinned down. I love a lush, romantic, flowing garden-style bouquet filled with textures and varying colors of flowers and foliages; but I also admire structural detailed European designs using armatures like in the style of Gregor Lersch or Natasha Lisitsa.

Fleurie Flowers, Reedley, California, hanging flowers behind the bar

What is your favorite part of being a floral designer?
Getting to make beautiful things with flowers and plants, working toward a beautiful product that not only my client loves, but also myself; seeing that look on the recipient’s face when I deliver a bouquet

Fleurie Flowers, Reedley, California, Wedding Ceremony Chuppah with garlands

What is the most challenging aspect of being a floral designer?
Sourcing consistently great product. This is why I am so determined to grow some flowers for myself.

Fleurie Flowers, Reedley, California - Head Table with a garland of foliages and white roses

What advice would you give to aspiring floral designers?
Learn from the beginning, the basics of floral art- elements and principles of design, how to process flowers, industry standard pricing, etc. Find a mentor or ten!

Fleurie Flowers, Reedley, California, blush bridal bouquet

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
I live in the fruit capital of the world, we have a lot of outdoor, rustic venues, and a lot of newly built winery venues. Most of the events favor a semi-rustic vibe. I am seeing a lot of more modern takes on rustic- a rustic- modern industrial aesthetic. We seem to be moving away from burlap, though it is still around, along with its friend, the mason jar- which I do think it has its place- in casual picnic-type events with garden grown flowers. This year, I am seeing a lot of dusty blues with gray and silvery colored foliages, and a lot of greenery still being requested.

Fleurie Flowers, Reedley, California, wedding party with blush bouquets

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
My clippers. What is usually NOT in my toolbox is sharp scissors! (where do those go?)

Fleurie Flowers, Reedley, California, compote floral design

What’s your favorite Social Media platform and why?
Instagram! Instagram has really opened up a lot of opportunities for my business.

Fleurie Flowers, Reedley, California, floral centerpieces

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
One of the things I really love to do is freelance for other designers I admire. It can be a wonderful time of comradery and learning, even for both designers. It can also be a great confidence building experience to see that yes, I can hang with this person who’s work I admire, and maybe even share some of my knowledge too.

Fleurie Flowers, Reedley, California, autumn floral bouquet

What are some ideas for future projects or goals
I really want to grow enough flowers and foliages, especially roses and dahlias, to be able to supply a good portion of my materials from my own little micro flower farm.

Fleurie Flowers, Reedley, California, autumn floral arrangement

Your contact information:
Laurie Garza
Fleurie Flower Studio
laurie@fleurieflower.com
559-281-1093
http://fleurieflower.com
IG: @fleurieflowerstudio
Pinterest: pinterest.com/fleurie
Facebook: http://facebook.com/fleurieflower/

Fleurie Flowers, Reedley, California, drapery with green garlands

Fleurie Flowers, Reedley, California, compote floral design

Fleurie Flowers, Reedley, California, elevated floral design

A Real Wedding by Flora Organica, California

I have a beautiful wedding to share with you today! Faye of Flora Organica Designs shared one of her lovely weddings from this past summer. The wedding of Morgan and Katelynn took place at Carson Mansion in Eureka, California. Photography by Kathleen Amelia.
Absolutely beautiful flowers, oh and those Cafe Au Lait Dahlias?? Yea, her parents grows those on their farm!!

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Flora Organica Floral Design & Kathleen Amelia Photographer, Eureka, California Wedding

Fleur Friday

Interesting Links I’ve come across this week while surfing the good ‘ole World Wide Web ..

How Poppies and Posies Went From Part-Time Startup to Martha Stewart – On American Express Open Forum

Because the World Needs Beauty by Sinclair & Moore – This blog post struck a chord with me, there have been plenty of times when I question why I’m in this business and should I be doing something more meaningful with my life than designing flowers for weddings?

I did share this article on Facebook last week, but in case you missed it there be sure to check out this article – How hipster florists borrowed from 16th century paintings and made flower arranging cool
 
Oh, and check out Robbie Honey’s account on Instagram. Be sure to look at it on the Smart Phone App, as it’ll make more sense then going to the website on your computer. Robbie is creating the coolest displays, here’s a glimpse –
Robbie Honey on Instagram
 

Lovely bouquet designed by my sweet friend, Laurie of Fleurie

Fleurie of Reedley, California. Wedding Florist.

Upcoming Workshops that I’ll be teaching –

Compote Floral Centerpieces featuring PEONIES! – Saturday, May 23, 2015
Hands-On Floral Arch & Chuppah Workshop – Saturday, May 30, 2015
Register for these workshops here

Russian River Rose Company

Located in Healdsburg, California is a great little rose garden and nursery called Russian River Rose Company. They have over 600 roses included in their collection! One spring day my mother and I made a visit to the gardens, we dilly-dallied about the paths in the display gardens (I like saying dilly-dallied), we quite enjoyed viewing the large selection of roses in bloom – so many sizes and colors. And, oh, the rose scent that was just wafting in the air, it truly added to the experience! We walked around on the garden paths that surround the owners’ personal home and then down the side of the property where rose arches were packed full of thick climbing rose plants in full bloom. They also had quite a few of their rose bushes available for purchase, along with a nice collection of Irises. Every April and May on Saturdays & Sundays they open up their display gardens to the public, so be sure to stop by if you are in the area.

Here are some of the pictures I took while my mother and I perused the gardens-
Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

Russian River Rose Company

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Russian River Rose Company

Fabulous Florist :: Pixies Petals, California

Pixies Petals California

Your name: Leslie Armendariz
Your Business name: Pixies Petals
Your Location: Long Beach CA – Serving Greater Los Angeles and Orange Counties

Pixies Petals, Candice Benjamin Photography- yellow and white bridal bouquet

Candice Benjamin Photography

How did you start your business and how many years have you been in business?
I started my business at the end of 2008, after taking classes at Southern California School of Floral Design and working at Avante Gardens. I’ve been in business for around 6 years.

Pixies Petals Southern California

What is your design aesthetic and what inspires you?
Being a creative I don’t like to put myself into a box of one specific style. I’m open to all sorts of styles that will suit my client’s needs. I’m inspired by what makes them unique and strive to create something different for each event. With each wedding I’ve honed my skills and become much more versatile.

Pixies petals - yellow and white bridal bouquet

What is your favorite part of being a floral designer?
I love the opportunity to try new styles and push outside of my comfort zone. Creating something with new flowers or textures keeps me inspired and challenged. Working with other designers and constantly trying to learn new techniques also keeps my job fun and evolving.

Pixies Petals, hair flowers

What is the most challenging aspect of being a floral designer?
Creating a style for each new client that defines their event, but also incorporates my own style can be a challenge. It’s important not to lose that creative edge that keeps my love of design alive.

Pixies Petals, Centerpiece with lilacs and roses

What advice would you give to aspiring floral designers?
Take lots of workshops and classes, freelance and learn as much as you can before branching out on your own. You never ever know it all. There is so much knowledge, growth and friendship to be had from working with other designers.

Pixies petals, bridal bouquet iwth pink, blue, indigo colors

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
I always feel like it’s about bigger, better, more here in Los Angeles. It all changes so fast due to LA being a Fashion Hub. Currently I think there is a national trend towards more loose organic arrangements. Here in Los Angeles I see that being incorporated with contemporary grand ballroom feel to create something unique.

Pixies Petals, pink and plum centerpiece

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
Actually it’s my new tool belt. I love it (www.tottybelt.com) it keeps me mobile so I don’t always need to worry about where the toolbox ended up and who has it. Also U- Glue dashes, they do everything! It’s great to be able fix things on the fly.

Pixies Petals, Megan Keean Photograpy, fountain filled with flowers

Megan Keean Photography

What’s your favorite Social Media platform and why?
Are you kidding me of course it’s INSTAGRAM !!! It’s so Easy to use. I also have a love hate relationship with Pinterest. It’s a great place for me to keep my ideas for a project in one place. However I also feel it sometimes discourages clients from branching out and trying new things.

Pixies Petals - Floral Arch for ceremony

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
I’ve recently gotten very interested in the slow flower movement & I’m excited to see where it takes me this year. I’ve partnered with a farm right here in Long Beach that is going to help me offer unique and locally sourced flowers to my clients.
Thank you again for interviewing me. I truly love this industry with all its growth and change.

Pixies Petals, white and yellow floral centerpeices

Contact Information:
Pixies Petals
562-777-6587
Instagram – @pixiespetals
Twitter – @pixiespetals
Pinterest- Pixies Petals
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pixies-Petals/

Pixies Petals, Floral Arch for ceremony

Fabulous Florist :: Heavenly Blooms, California

Heavenly Blooms - pink, tangerine bouquet

Your name: Jaclyne Breault
Your Business name: Heavenly Blooms
Your Location: Southern California

How did you start your business and how many years have you been in business?
My story is the quintessential road less traveled tale. I started my business about a year after I graduated high school. I never planned on being a florist when I “grew up”. I had always thought I would go to college and get a degree in business, then work in a corporate environment. I started working at a flower shop when I was 15 because I thought it looked like fun. While going to high school half day, I would work my office job then in the evenings and weekends, I worked at the flower shop. When I graduated high school, my plan had been to take a little time off and travel before attending my first semester of college. I used money I received for graduation to enroll in floral classes in both London and Amsterdam. My ticket to Europe was booked for September 12, 2001. In an instant, my life changed as the World Trade Towers crumbled on September 11th. I was devastated on so many levels for so many reasons. I was left without a job and I had missed the enrollment time for college. I had been working at a flower shop for almost three years by then, so I had plenty floral experience. I started doing small events for friends out of my garage. One day I got a call from a friend who wanted me to design the flowers for her sister’s wedding. It was my first wedding and a $12,000 wedding floral budget and I just winged it. I learned a lot from that experience; I also walked away with very little profit. My whole business was built on word of mouth from that wedding. I booked more weddings after that one. A few months later, the first flower shop I had worked at was up for lease. I ended up buying the business from the owner – that was 12 years ago. I have been a florist since I was 15 and I have owned my business for the last 13 years.

Heavenly Blooms - urn with cafe au lait dahlias, stock, roses

What is your design aesthetic and what inspires you?
I sometimes struggle to find inspiration after having been a florist for so long (half my life!). When I feel burnt out and tired of seeing the same designs, I seek inspiration in traveling. Seeing new parts of the world or even revisiting favorite spots helps fuel my creative energy. I also find that walking around the flower market downtown and looking at all the choices inspires me. Nature is another place I find inspiration; I love wandering around gardens, forests, and parks. My design aesthetic actually varies from very clean to soft with a more romantic, garden-inspired style. Sometimes I like to design where everything is lush and full, packed with flowers. Other times, I love more movement such as softer foliage, cascading flowers and greens in a light, airy style.

Heavenly Blooms - bouquet of roses, ranunculus and anemones

What is your favorite part of being a floral designer?
Working with a beautiful medium that comes in the most amazing colors and forms, is by far, my favorite part of being a floral designer. I like that it brings people joy whether it’s during a happy or sad time in their lives.
My favorite part of designing wedding flowers is actually the whole process from the initial inquiry, to the collaboration of ideas and style, to the design of details and floral pieces, and especially the end result of witnessing the bride see her bouquet on her wedding day. When I leave a wedding, at the end of the day, I feel satisfied and content with a day well-spent. I love flowers. I love being a florist; it is a lot of work and very stressful but I genuinely love it.

Heavenly Blooms - white centerpieces

What is the most challenging aspect of being a floral designer?
Designing for other people is so challenging. As much as I wish I could design according to my own style every time, it’s not realistic. Not everyone has the same taste and sometimes I just have to create their vision for them because that is how I make a living. I do sometimes become restless and tired of the same style centerpiece with the same flowers. Another challenging aspect – the hard labor. No one warned me about this when I first started. At my first job at the florist, all I did was wrap bouquets and floral arrangements. When I walked into the shop, everything was already in buckets just waiting for me; it was easy and effortless. When I started working for myself, I was shocked at how laborious it was to transport, clean, and produce large amounts of flowers and arrangements without a full staff at my disposal. Event work is also on a different level than shop work.

Heavenly Blooms - pink and yellow flowers

What advice would you give to aspiring floral designers?
My advice to aspiring floral designers would be to start interning and working with a florist to learn the basics and how to create, install and work on events. Get a feel of the kind of work it is. Many people feel that working a wedding as a florist is glamorous and easy. It has it’s appeal but is far from glamorous.

Heavenly Blooms - elevated centerpiece

What are the trends, flowers, and colors that are unique to your region?
We are so blessed in California to have much of our product grown locally. And I believe it plays a huge role in what florists are using in terms of trends in flowers and colors. Peach and coral has been a hot color combination for the last two years, however I had more blush pink weddings and colorful weddings in 2014.

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
My red knife. They do not make them like they used to and I have used this type of red knife since I started designing at 15. Don’t get me wrong, cutters are my second can’t-live-without – but when I am in the zone and working on 20 wedding centerpieces, my knife helps me to be more efficient with every cut of the stem.

Heavenly Blooms - green and white flowers

What’s your favorite Social Media platform and why?
I used to be obsessed with Twitter, however the constant catch up of reading through everyone’s 140 character tweets was stressful and I gave up constantly trying to catch up. I adore Instagram because it’s more appealing, visually, and my feed is filled with beautiful pictures (a lot of flowers) and I am able to share small snippets of my world through words and most importantly, pictures.

Contact Information:
http://www.heavenlybloomsdesigns.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/heavenly_blooms/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Heavenly_Blooms
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heavenlyblooms

Heavenly Blooms

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Flora Organica - fall bouquet with succulents

Flora Organica

Fabulous Florist :: Posh Peony, California

Posh-Peony

Your name: Cristina Barragan
Your Business name: Posh Peony
Your Location: Rancho Cucamonga, CA (service all of southern CA)

Posh Peony - Blush and peach bridal bouquet

How did you start your business and how many years have you been in business?
I have been in business since 2005 and it started as a household hobby doing flowers for family and friends for all the special occasions year after year. My mother has always been a creative and together we were inspired to continue creating beautiful arrangements. Soon after, we were getting busy through word of mouth and decided to establish the business. Posh Peony just blossomed after that!

Posh Peony - Bridal bouquet with pink garden roses

What is your design aesthetic and what inspires you?
My personal design aesthetic is modern and sophisticated and I gravitate toward designs that are flowing with foliages and clusters of blooms. However, my business design aesthetic is completely different as it is inspired by each client. We attract clients with various styles ranging from glam to vintage, rustic to eclectic, and traditional to organic. It is important to us that each event reflects our clients and that designs are never “cookie cutter”. Our designs are also inspired by art, fashion, textiles, books, colors, and the beauty in nature itself. A simple fabric swatch or dress on the runaway can spark many floral ideas!

Posh Peony - Bridal Party

What is your favorite part of being a floral designer?
My favorite part of being a floral designer is the design process. I love getting to know a client and creating something completely unique and inspired by their personalty and style. Sketching and pulling images and other inspirations is were I get to be an artist and try new things. I am fulfilled with pride and joy when I see every piece come to life the day of the event.

Posh Peony - Bridesmaid Bouquet with Peonies

What is the most challenging aspect of being a floral designer?
The most challenging aspect of being a floral designer are the logistics and time required to do everything. The ordering, cleaning and preparation of flowers, handling and care, hours upon hours of creating, installation and set ups, and the late night strike. This part of the business isn’t so glamorous and fun as most people might assume. Although the labor is hard and must be carefully planned and executed, it is so worth it in the end!

Posh Peony - Ceremony Decor

What advice would you give to aspiring floral designers?
Aside from the technical advice like build your brand, network with colleagues, and work ON your business from time to time, the most meaningful advice I could give an aspiring floral designer is to LOVE what they do and never give up. There will be times when you may get discouraged due to lack of business, finances, or just plain ol’ life getting in the way. Just keep pushing through to achieve the goals you set because all the sweat and tears you put in, will come back ten fold with dedication.

Posh Peony - Centerpieces

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
The trends, flowers, and colors that are unique in my region tend to be blush and cream events with crystal, gold, or silver accents and the abundance use of peonies, garden roses, dahlias, and hydrangeas. These floral selections make up the bulk of our most sought after designs and the brides here in CA tend to want the glam and sparkle. Occasionally, I will get a bride who wants to go in the complete opposite direction…which is very exciting!

Posh Peony - Bridal bouquet with pink roses

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
Zip ties! These work great last minute if a wire snaps or if something needs to be secured tightly. They are lifesavers!

Posh Peony - Blush Wedding Reception

What’s your favorite Social Media platform and why?
Instagram has been the best social media platform for my business because I get the most traction and leads. The best part is that it is FREE to use and I am also inspired by all the florists and creatives I follow.

Posh Peony - Blush reception decor

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
We also offer specialty linen rentals with several textiles and colors to choose from. Our designs are greatly inspired by the linens that are paired with each event.

Posh Peony - elevated blush centerpiece

Contact Information:
Posh Peony
8237 Rochester Avenue #115
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
909-292-8862
Website: www.poshpeony.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PoshPeony
Twitter: https://twitter.com/poshpeony
Instagram: http://instagram.com/posh_peony
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/poshpeony/
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cristinabarragan

Posh Peony - garden roses for a bridal bouquet

Fabulous Florist :: Flora Organica Designs, Arcata, California

compote centerpiece, with garden roses, seeded eucalyptus, cafe au lait dahlias, hydrangea and dusty miller

Your name: Faye Krause
Your Business name: Flora Organica Designs
Your Location: Arcata, CA

Farm Information:
Flora Organica
Andi and Lisa Zierer
McKinleyville, CA

FLora Orgnaica Fields of Dahlias

Faye, your family owns a flower farm and you are a floral designer, can you tellus how the farm first started and how did it evolve into you providing floral designs?

Faye:
The Farm first started in 1984, although my parents had been farming for years before that and my father had worked in a florist shop in Germany, before coming to the US. The story they like to tell is when my mother was pregnant with me they were deciding what to grow and decided if the baby was a boy it would be potatoes, and if a girl they would would grow flowers.
As I grew I was always surrounded by and working with flowers. I remember creating my first Christmas wreath, it took me two days, I was 5 years old. My parents did an occasional wedding and I was always bugging my dad to let me make the boutonnieres, or corsages and head wreaths. When I was thirteen I created my first bridal bouquet for a family friend’s wedding. After I graduated high school I traveled Europe and found that while away from flowers something was missing. I managed a floral department at a local grocery store for a short amount of time, and then decided it was time to go out on my own and Flora Organica Designs was founded in 2005. I had been creating weddings for a few years as part of my parents’ farm I decided to use Flora Organica Designs as my business name.

Lisa:
We started our farm in 1984 as River Rose Flowers in Orleans, California. The first year we grew a mix of summer produce and flowers for the dried flower market. At the peak we did 12 acres of flowers mostly for the wholesale dried flower market. We began to integrate fresh flowers and nursery stock, predominately landscape plants into our production. We moved to McKinleyville, California in 2000 and started another farm, Flora Organica. We grew specialty cut flowers and landscape plants. In 2009 we added herbs to our nursery production and the following year we added vegetable starts. This led to growing produce in the field which we sell at farmers markets, local grocery stores and nurseries. Currently we do a mix of specialty cut flowers, produce, and nursery production with an emphasis on vegetable starts, herbs, colors, lavender, and succulents.

Summer bridal bouquet of all organic flowers grown by Flora organica  and arranged by Flora Organica Designs

Where do you sell your flowers? Do you ship your flowers?
Lisa:
We sell flowers to local wedding designers, florists, farmers markets, and stores. We did ship when we grew flowers for the wholesale dried flower industry but currently we sell only locally.

Flora Organica Bridal bouquet

Olivia Leigh Photography

Tell us about your design aesthetic, how do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?

Faye: I would describe my design aesthetic as natural with a European influence. I draw my inspiration from the flowers and materials themselves. Having grown up on a farm and I have always been conscious of where my flowers come from, and that is reflected in my style, where you will find mostly in season blooms, and unusual local blooms and foliage, and botanicals.

summer bouquet with organic dahlias, craspedia, mint, stock, yarrow

What is your favorite part of being a floral designer?

Faye: taking a handful of flowers or a room filled buckets of flowers and turing it into a curated design…. Getting a shipment of flowers, opening that box is always like christmas morning !…..Handing a bride her bouquet on her wedding day and having her tell me “it is exactly what I wanted and I did not even know what I wanted”

Spring centerpiece, with wisteria, tulips, azalea and hawthorne by Flora Organica Designs

What advice would you give to aspiring floral designers?

Faye: Buy a pair of #2 Felco clippers and accept that you will be always working holidays, but Mondays will become your favorite day of the week!

Flora Organica Dahlias Fields

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?

Faye: Along with floral design I offer decorating for the holidays. I also have a dried flower wedding line that I ship all over the country that can be found in my Etsy store www.fayemarie.etsy.com. In my Etsy store you will find many items made from product grown on my parents farm. I ship bulk cases of their lavender, as well as craspedia.

custom dried flower etsy bouquet

everlasting corsages

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
Faye: My felco #2 clippers

romantic bridal bouquet with cafe au lait dahlias, garden roses, stephanotis, hydrangea,


Your contact information:

Faye Krause
www.floraorganicadesigns.com
www.fayemarie.etsy.com
instagram @fayekrause
twitter @FODesigns
facebook @flora organica design

Flora Organica Farm
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flora-Organica/1725360587688507

tractor on a flower farm

Faye and Alicia with one of the Cafe Au Lait Dahlias

Faye and Alicia with one of the Cafe Au Lait Dahlias