Before I start telling you all about florist Rachel Bowes of Finch and Thistle, I just wanted to say thank you so much for the amazing response to yesterday’s blog post on the British cut flower industry! I was overwhelmed by the support and feedback…the number of tweets and retweets on Twitter, the messages on Facebook and the comments on the blog post itself. And I received a very heart-warming message from one particular flower grower, which really made my day. Let’s hope that the interest in British flowers continues to pick up pace in 2014.
What’s really interesting is that it appears that there’s a very similar sentiment over in America. You may like to read this blog post by Debra Prinzing… 10 Reasons to Save American Flowers. And who should I have scheduled to be featured in my Florist Friday blog post series today, but an American florist based in Seattle.
I hope you enjoy reading my interview with Rachel, which is followed by more images of her stunning designs.
Could you tell us what prompted you to become a florist?
Originally, floral design was a natural extension of my work as an non-profit event planner for the Seattle Symphony. In addition to our fund-raising goals, I was in charge of the art direction and event design for our events. Working with a non-profit budget meant that I couldn’t usually afford to hire an outside florist to design the style of floral pieces that I envisioned. So I started creating them myself. I’ve always had a love for gardening and an art background. So it seemed natural to put the two together.
When did you start your business and where are you based?
I started freelancing in 2008 and went into business full-time in 2009. I’m located in Seattle in Washington, work all over the Pacific Northwest and (when I’m lucky!) on destination events in California wine country.
What kind of services do you offer?
In addition to floral and event design services, I offer full event planning and day-of-coordination for weddings, fund-raising galas and social events.
Where do you get inspiration for your floral designs?
I find inspiration anywhere and everywhere! I’m always inspired by how flowers grow in the garden…the layers of colors and textures and how they flow and move…but inspiration can also come from fashion trends and magazine articles, styled displays in shops such as Anthropologie and, of course, online.
How would you describe your style?
I would say my style is organic and natural, but refined.
What is your favourite flower?
I adore garden roses and ranunculus.
Thank you so much to Rachel for all her help in compiling today’s blog post. To see more of her beautiful designs, please do pop over the Finch and Thistle website.
To keep up-to-date with Rachel’s news, here’s where you can find her on social media: