In an effort to give you a behind-the-scenes peek into the world of flowers and the creative hands that build our beautiful arrangements, we are starting a new interview series: Meet the Flower Girls. Today Elizabeth is kicking things off to tell us more about her work. Here we go...
-What type of customer request is your favorite and why?
I love when customers call and request a "go for it" (meaning big!) flower crown. Although flower crowns aren't my forte to make the sentiment behind an elaborate and beautiful crown is my favorite. Either someone is buying one for themselves so they can feel beautiful and appreciated or buying one for a friend to make them feel beautiful and appreciated - I love that!
-If you were buying your best friend a gift from the shop what would you pick out?
A deck of Tarot Cards because everyone needs some good mystical perspective.
-What has been the most memorable day or event with the shop?
The rush of September wedding season is always the most memorable. I vividly remember driving home from the shop at 2:30am after making arrangements all night for three or four weddings the next day. That late night drive home was so calm and peaceful - just me, the deer, skunks, and rabbits. The next morning we hit the ground running and everything was a success.
-What is your dream flower project?
I'd love to design and build an arbor for an elaborate and super beautiful flower installation where we could use water buckets instead of foam. I'd love to be able to use that over and over again!
-Can you share one thing that may surprise people about working in a flower shop?
There are so many little things to keep track of because we offer such a wide range of services and so much goes into each offering. We need to juggle weddings with advertising, planting our garden, having boutonniere supplies on hand, keeping the floor clean, folding blankets on the retail floor, making arrangements on the fly, answering the phone...you get it!
-What clues can we look for as an indication that an arrangement in the shop is one of yours? Do you lean towards any specific colors or style?
I'm told my arrangements wave at people - meaning there is typically a lone bloom sticking out of the side saying "hello!" (example below). I gravitate towards pinks and peaches and I really love orange.
-Lastly, what type of flowers or plants do you buy or grow for yourself?
I've always grown herbs like mint, rosemary, and lavender at home and now I'm happily in a house where I can plant some flowers! I'm starting with peach nasturtiums (I love their foliage) and hellebore (they are my #1 favorite).
Thank you Elizabeth! Have a question you're dying to ask a Morrice flower girl? Comment below and we'll make sure your question is included in the next Meet the Flower Girls interview.