Flowers At The Farm–The Why, What, and When

It’s American Flowers Week! June 28-July 4 marks the floral holiday that celebrates American grown flowers. (Visit americangrownflowers.com to learn more.) Three of the main reasons I believe in supporting local flowers are uniqueness, sustainability, and economics. Not all flowers ship well. When you buy from a local farmer, you can often get something unique, […]

2019 Wedding Trends Forecast

The beginning of a new year brings a plethora of forecasts about all subjects.  The wedding industry is no exception.  I read many of these because I am interested in what others are seeing trending in their markets and how it may apply to my own market.  There are things I also notice in talking […]

Emerald Design 2018 Review

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It has been a great year! I am excited to share what is ahead for 2019 but I think it’s also important to look back on all that has happened.   So, here are the stats! In 2018 we had 17 events, 2 flower bars, and 28 individual custom orders.  That included: 81 bouquets 99 […]

A Seasonal November Wedding

I don’t hide that I prefer to use seasonal ingredients in my designs. November can be a tough month, though.  When Mary told me that she liked the muted tones of November and dried flowers, I was excited!   This was the first wedding I have been able to design with dried elements and I […]

Why I Chose Flowers

When I was in 8th grade, we took a test that recommended a career for us.  My results said I should be a florist.  I remember thinking, “What?! That’s not what I’m supposed to do! I’m supposed to go to college and have a powerful career!”   I did go to college.  I earned a […]

What Did Flower Arrangements Look Like in 1908?

What did flower arrangements look like in 1908? If you are familiar with Dutch Master oil paintings, you may have an idea.  Painters in this period often painted still lifes of lush, opulent flower arrangements.  Roses and dahlias were popular, as were jewel tones mixed with light pastels.  Arrangements were often loose, asymmetrical, in a […]

Our First Flower Bar

Our first flower bar was this past Saturday and it was very successful! Everyone enjoyed themselves, which is what it was all about.  It was a time for fun, creativity, and celebrating the beauty around us. I am grateful for Amber and Josh who opened up their store, Sweet Emotions, to us. Amber offers a […]

Working with Summer Flowers

We are in the heart of summer and with it all the bold and vibrant colors that summer flowers bring us. It isn’t a secret that I enjoy using local, seasonal flowers.  So, what is available in southern Indiana this time of year? To me, the quintessential midwestern summer flower is the zinnia.  Easy to […]

American Flowers Week 2018

American Flowers Week was started four years ago by Slow Flowers founder, Debra Prinzing.  Slow Flowers, like the Slow Food movement, celebrates local products.  Slow Flowers celebrates all those in the American flower industry and the local products they share with their communities. From Debra Prinzing: “I created American Flowers Week in 2015 as a community-focused floral […]

A Blue and White Summer Wedding

Blue and white is a classic wedding palette and this design uses several classic wedding flowers.  To be honest, I didn’t plan the design to look like this.  I was going to use thistle as a blue accent.  But, the thistle did not come in.  That happens sometimes and I have to improvise.  So, I […]