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Botanical Brouhaha Podcast

Amy McGee and Flower Friends

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Botanical Brouhaha Podcast

Botanical Brouhaha Podcast

Amy McGee and Flower Friends

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Amy McGee of Botanical Brouhaha and Maggie Bailey of Bramble and Bee interview a variety of guests about all things related to flowers and the floral industry. Past guests include floral designers such as Max Gill, Holly Chapple, Susan McLeary, and Kiana Underwood along with farmer florists (Jennie Love, Zoe Woodward), and other floral industry leaders sharing their stories and discussing anything and everything related to the business side of floral design, wedding and event design, flower farming, flower wholesaling, and floral education.

Latest Episodes

BB+ (Ep. 8) Joseph Massie on Working Through a Pandemic

TODAY’S GUEST: Joseph Massie | Joseph Massie Flowers + Joseph Massie at the UK School of Floristry TOPIC: Working Through A Pandemic When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down his city, Joseph Massie got to work figuring out how to handle the sudden halt of business cash flow due to wedding postponements, class cancellations, and budget restraints on commissioned work. Because he envisions his business being around for years to come, Joseph knew he had to play the long game and make decisions based on building the long-term relationships he'll need to sustain his business post-pandemic. He shares two important skills he's learned while trying to find the opportunities in what he calls his "blank slate moment" when business as he once knew it all changed. Join us as we talk about: handling staffing during the pandemic shut down dealing with the confusion and insecurities created by an unprecedented situation offering great customer service during challenging times handling wedding postponements with grace finding opportunities in the "blank slate moments" why he decided to postpone the launch of his online school until July 1st, 2020 (it's right around the corner!) Joseph’s Advice for Carrying On During the Pandemic: Prioritize– Determine what’s essential, what you can do in the here and now, and what’s important to you. Innovate– Look for new ways to serve your clients, team, and community. MENTIONED IN BB+ EPISODE 8: Joseph Massie’s Free Resource Page BB+ Podcast #6: Joseph Massie on Training, Competing, and Winning Podcast Host: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Joel McGee Music Written & Performed by:Landon McGee

32 MIN19 h ago
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BB+ (Ep. 8) Joseph Massie on Working Through a Pandemic

Mattie Bush (Amelia's Flower Truck)

Today we’re visiting with Mattie Bush, owner of Amelia's Flower Truck & Amelia's Flowerslocated in Nashville, Tennessee to discuss: How she dreamed up and executed the flower truck concept without a background in the floral industry How she scaled her business quickly to include 3 trucks Why she decided to add retail shops to her business model The challenges of selling flowers from a mobile truck Details on sourcing her flower trucks and the accessories she needed to complete the flower truck concept The story behind the names of her trucks...Amelia "Amy", Rory, and Melody Why she's chosen not to include wedding/event florals in Amelia's business model (with a few exceptions...for now) The merchandise and flower options offered by Amelia's Flowers The process of shifting to flower deliveries during the pandemic How she sources the flowers she sells from the flower bars on the trucks and in the shops The challenges of growing quickly and finding community in a unique niche Her dreams for the future of Amelia's Flowers LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 62: Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart 1767 Designs "I'm Not a Florist" by Mattie Bush Charlotte's Florals SEE MORE OF AMELIA'S FLOWER TRUCK HERE: Website|Instagram|Facebook|Pinterest SEE MORE OF AMELIA'S FLOWER SHOPS HERE: Website|Instagram Today’s episode is brought to you by: REAL FLOWER BUSINESS Click here to learn more about online business courses and free training for florists including Flower Math: The Florist's Guide To Pricing & Profitability, and Wedding Templates to help you streamline your proposal process and help clients book more quickly. How to Connect with Botanical Brouhaha: BotanicalBrouhaha.com Instagram Facebook Host: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

46 MIN1 w ago
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Mattie Bush (Amelia's Flower Truck)

BB+ (Ep. 7) Alison Ellis on Social Media Mindset

TODAY’S GUEST: Alison Ellis | Real Flower Business TOPIC: Social Media Mindset Alison Ellis of Real Flower Business surprised me when we sat down for a visit. Instead of me asking her a question, she turned the tables and asked me a question she'd received recently from one of her followers! She asked: "Do you have any tips around mindset for showing up on social media even though you'd rather completely ignore it all together?" We had a lot of fun exploring the question together (and I hope we gave her follower some food for thought). A few of the ideas we kicked around during our visit: Posting content on social media is a great way to drive traffic to your business website Closely following your gut on when and how to post can produce organic growth Consistency will help grow a business (the growth may be slow and steady, so be patient) Social media is simply another tool to get the word out about your business and connect with others Social media can lead to long lasting relationships with industry peers who live in other parts of the world Setting boundaries on time spent on social media is crucial to maintaining balance We don't have to like every aspect of social media to use it to the advantage of our business Don't get caught up in what you feel you have to do on social media - you are in control! Having a business website is crucial (especially in the event that a social media account is hacked or the platform goes away) While scheduling posts ahead of time is efficient, some business owners may prefer to post in "real" time Practice leads to progress (posts and schedules don't have to be perfect from the start to lead to results) Leading with authenticity is the name of the game Mentioned in BB+ Episode 7: Swan Cottage Flowers Planoly Tailwind Susan McLeary Rachel Merkle | District M Creative Podcast Host: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) Sound Engineer: Joel McGee Original Music: Landon McGee How to Connect with Botanical Brouhaha: BotanicalBrouhaha.com Instagram Facebook

32 MIN2 w ago
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BB+ (Ep. 7) Alison Ellis on Social Media Mindset

Kate Woodley (Two Wild Hands)

Today we’re visiting with Kate Woodley, owner of Two Wild Hands located inCooranbong, Lake Macquarie in New South Wales, Australia to discuss: her transition from interior design to floral design the significance of having her own studio space the teaching opportunity that helped her gain momentum early on in her career landing product launch clients through PR companies the value in finding the support of a local community of designers why she tends to use minimal foliage why she prefers to visit the flower market in person despite the long drive the technique she uses to achieve her signature open airy aesthetic charging for destination weddings her color palette planning strategies the advantages of freelancing her main referral sources LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 61: Sydney Flower Market Xero | Accounting software Songbird Silk The Coterie Silk Ribbons SEE MORE OF TWO WILD HANDS HERE: Website|Instagram|Facebook|Pinterest How to Connect with Botanical Brouhaha: BotanicalBrouhaha....

81 MIN3 w ago
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Kate Woodley (Two Wild Hands)

BB+ (Ep. 6) Joseph Massie on Training, Competing, and Winning

TODAY’S GUEST: Joseph Massie Joseph Massie + Joseph Massie Flowers + UK School of Floristry TOPIC: Training, Competing, & Winning Over the years, we've had the honor of featuring Joseph Massie's work on the Botanical Brouhaha blog many times. From his rose tunnel installation in honor of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen to the stunning living dress he designed for Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips to wear to the National Television Awards (NTAs), Joseph's work has long intrigued us. But when I sat down with Joseph recently, there was one thing in particular on my mind. I wanted to know how he became the youngest designer to win 5 consecutive Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medals. How does one attain that honor at such a young age? What had he done behind the scenes to prepare for such a lofty goal? Our conversation was casual and fun. Joseph's wit (and hilarious sarcasm) made the time fly by way too fast. Before I knew it, we were flying through his memories of being ...

36 MINMAY 6
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BB+ (Ep. 6) Joseph Massie on Training, Competing, and Winning

Amy and Maggie: Flowering During the Pandemic

With social distancing practices still in place, BB Podcast host Amy McGee got on a Zoom call with her co-host Maggie Bailey of Bramble & Bee to catch up and discuss living life and running a floral business in the midst of the pandemic. Maggie shares how Bramble & Bee has adjusted business practices during the Covid-19 pandemic. She also discusses what they hope for the coming weeks and months as the country slowly starts to adjust to the new normal.

44 MINMAY 4
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Amy and Maggie: Flowering During the Pandemic

Jessica Hall & Stephanie Auville (Harmony Harvest Farm)

Today we’re visiting with sisters Jessica Hall & Stephanie Auville, from Harmony Harvest Farm in Weyers Cave, Virginia to discuss: the beach-side conversation that led to the creation of their family-run business - Harmony Harvest Farm the scope of what they grow on the farm the services they provide to their retail and wholesale customers their thoughts on the importance of learning to ship their product efficiently (they've just released The Flower Shipping Course to help others do the same) what a typical farming year looks like at Harmony Harvest Farm the team structure responsible for managing the farm the advantages of working together in a family business how they spend their off season their decision to purchase the manufacturing of a flower frog originally manufactured by Dorothy Biddle Services how they discovered the flower frog business was for sale, what they purchased in the deal, and how they transitioned into production as Floral Genius LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 60...

65 MINAPR 27
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Jessica Hall & Stephanie Auville (Harmony Harvest Farm)

Ellen Frost (Local Color Flowers)

Today we’re visiting with Ellen Frost, owner of Local Color Flowers in Baltimore, Maryland to discuss: how she's able to source local flowers for her business year round her unique business model which includes weddings, weekly orders, book clubs, open studio nights, and more the Bloom Battle and Flower Trivia Nights hosted by Local Color Flowers the structure of her team how she transitioned from being in a business partnership to being a sole proprietor (and later, how she brought her husband on board full-time) how she's worked with local growers to establish winter crop availability the logistics of sourcing locally how she educates her customers about the cost of locally sourced flowers how she insures her wedding clients are a good fit for her business model the classes she offers to her community offering the Local Color Flowers space for rent to the public how she addresses sustainability in her business the ordering challenges involved in sourcing locally how she finds tim...

65 MINAPR 13
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Ellen Frost (Local Color Flowers)

BB+ (Ep. 5) Christine Hoover, LPC: Handling Anxiety

BB+ Guest: Christine Hoover, LPC Even during "normal" times, floral professionals deal with stress and anxiety. The realities of the Corona Virus Pandemic have made this even more relevant. In this episode Amy and Christine sat down to talk about how we can all learn to deal with anxiety. Christine talks about some of the ways our brain processes stress and some practical tips to help. She also talks about when we might need to seek out professional help and how to find that help. Today’s episode is brought to you by: REAL FLOWER BUSINESS Alison Ellis, of Real Flower Business, teaches florists how to make more money and book better clients. She believes every florist should turn a profit and recognize the value of their time & expertise.Click here to learn more. Host: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) Sound Engineer: Joel McGee Original Music: Landon McGee How to Connect with Botanical Brouhaha: BotanicalBrouhaha.com Instagram Facebook

29 MINAPR 10
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BB+ (Ep. 5) Christine Hoover, LPC: Handling Anxiety

Beth O'Reilly, AIFD (Greenleaf Wholesale)

Today we’re visiting with Beth O’Reilly, Director of Education & Merchandise atGreenleaf Wholesalein Houston, Texas to discuss: her career path through the floral design profession from ‘bud vase girl’ to accomplished designer the largest (and possibly the most interesting) event she ever produced how her Fine Arts Sculpture degree has affected her work in floral design her years of involvement in product development in China how family changed her career choices the advantages of freelancing her responsibilities and opportunities at Greenleaf the roles of flowers and logistics in a successful wholesale operation career opportunities in the wholesale business Greenleaf’s involvement in the Botanical BrouhahaDay Lily Initiative LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 58: Ken’s Flower Shops Coby Neal |The Flower Studio Fabian Salcedo |F2 Floral Design AIFD Michelle Perry-White AIFD Hobby Lobby Empty Vase Beverly Wilshire Sharon Sacks |Sacks Productions Oasis Floral Products SEE MORE OF GREEN...

61 MINMAR 23
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Beth O'Reilly, AIFD (Greenleaf Wholesale)

Latest Episodes

BB+ (Ep. 8) Joseph Massie on Working Through a Pandemic

TODAY’S GUEST: Joseph Massie | Joseph Massie Flowers + Joseph Massie at the UK School of Floristry TOPIC: Working Through A Pandemic When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down his city, Joseph Massie got to work figuring out how to handle the sudden halt of business cash flow due to wedding postponements, class cancellations, and budget restraints on commissioned work. Because he envisions his business being around for years to come, Joseph knew he had to play the long game and make decisions based on building the long-term relationships he'll need to sustain his business post-pandemic. He shares two important skills he's learned while trying to find the opportunities in what he calls his "blank slate moment" when business as he once knew it all changed. Join us as we talk about: handling staffing during the pandemic shut down dealing with the confusion and insecurities created by an unprecedented situation offering great customer service during challenging times handling wedding postponements with grace finding opportunities in the "blank slate moments" why he decided to postpone the launch of his online school until July 1st, 2020 (it's right around the corner!) Joseph’s Advice for Carrying On During the Pandemic: Prioritize– Determine what’s essential, what you can do in the here and now, and what’s important to you. Innovate– Look for new ways to serve your clients, team, and community. MENTIONED IN BB+ EPISODE 8: Joseph Massie’s Free Resource Page BB+ Podcast #6: Joseph Massie on Training, Competing, and Winning Podcast Host: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Joel McGee Music Written & Performed by:Landon McGee

32 MIN19 h ago
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BB+ (Ep. 8) Joseph Massie on Working Through a Pandemic

Mattie Bush (Amelia's Flower Truck)

Today we’re visiting with Mattie Bush, owner of Amelia's Flower Truck & Amelia's Flowerslocated in Nashville, Tennessee to discuss: How she dreamed up and executed the flower truck concept without a background in the floral industry How she scaled her business quickly to include 3 trucks Why she decided to add retail shops to her business model The challenges of selling flowers from a mobile truck Details on sourcing her flower trucks and the accessories she needed to complete the flower truck concept The story behind the names of her trucks...Amelia "Amy", Rory, and Melody Why she's chosen not to include wedding/event florals in Amelia's business model (with a few exceptions...for now) The merchandise and flower options offered by Amelia's Flowers The process of shifting to flower deliveries during the pandemic How she sources the flowers she sells from the flower bars on the trucks and in the shops The challenges of growing quickly and finding community in a unique niche Her dreams for the future of Amelia's Flowers LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 62: Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart 1767 Designs "I'm Not a Florist" by Mattie Bush Charlotte's Florals SEE MORE OF AMELIA'S FLOWER TRUCK HERE: Website|Instagram|Facebook|Pinterest SEE MORE OF AMELIA'S FLOWER SHOPS HERE: Website|Instagram Today’s episode is brought to you by: REAL FLOWER BUSINESS Click here to learn more about online business courses and free training for florists including Flower Math: The Florist's Guide To Pricing & Profitability, and Wedding Templates to help you streamline your proposal process and help clients book more quickly. How to Connect with Botanical Brouhaha: BotanicalBrouhaha.com Instagram Facebook Host: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

46 MIN1 w ago
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Mattie Bush (Amelia's Flower Truck)

BB+ (Ep. 7) Alison Ellis on Social Media Mindset

TODAY’S GUEST: Alison Ellis | Real Flower Business TOPIC: Social Media Mindset Alison Ellis of Real Flower Business surprised me when we sat down for a visit. Instead of me asking her a question, she turned the tables and asked me a question she'd received recently from one of her followers! She asked: "Do you have any tips around mindset for showing up on social media even though you'd rather completely ignore it all together?" We had a lot of fun exploring the question together (and I hope we gave her follower some food for thought). A few of the ideas we kicked around during our visit: Posting content on social media is a great way to drive traffic to your business website Closely following your gut on when and how to post can produce organic growth Consistency will help grow a business (the growth may be slow and steady, so be patient) Social media is simply another tool to get the word out about your business and connect with others Social media can lead to long lasting relationships with industry peers who live in other parts of the world Setting boundaries on time spent on social media is crucial to maintaining balance We don't have to like every aspect of social media to use it to the advantage of our business Don't get caught up in what you feel you have to do on social media - you are in control! Having a business website is crucial (especially in the event that a social media account is hacked or the platform goes away) While scheduling posts ahead of time is efficient, some business owners may prefer to post in "real" time Practice leads to progress (posts and schedules don't have to be perfect from the start to lead to results) Leading with authenticity is the name of the game Mentioned in BB+ Episode 7: Swan Cottage Flowers Planoly Tailwind Susan McLeary Rachel Merkle | District M Creative Podcast Host: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) Sound Engineer: Joel McGee Original Music: Landon McGee How to Connect with Botanical Brouhaha: BotanicalBrouhaha.com Instagram Facebook

32 MIN2 w ago
Comments
BB+ (Ep. 7) Alison Ellis on Social Media Mindset

Kate Woodley (Two Wild Hands)

Today we’re visiting with Kate Woodley, owner of Two Wild Hands located inCooranbong, Lake Macquarie in New South Wales, Australia to discuss: her transition from interior design to floral design the significance of having her own studio space the teaching opportunity that helped her gain momentum early on in her career landing product launch clients through PR companies the value in finding the support of a local community of designers why she tends to use minimal foliage why she prefers to visit the flower market in person despite the long drive the technique she uses to achieve her signature open airy aesthetic charging for destination weddings her color palette planning strategies the advantages of freelancing her main referral sources LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 61: Sydney Flower Market Xero | Accounting software Songbird Silk The Coterie Silk Ribbons SEE MORE OF TWO WILD HANDS HERE: Website|Instagram|Facebook|Pinterest How to Connect with Botanical Brouhaha: BotanicalBrouhaha....

81 MIN3 w ago
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Kate Woodley (Two Wild Hands)

BB+ (Ep. 6) Joseph Massie on Training, Competing, and Winning

TODAY’S GUEST: Joseph Massie Joseph Massie + Joseph Massie Flowers + UK School of Floristry TOPIC: Training, Competing, & Winning Over the years, we've had the honor of featuring Joseph Massie's work on the Botanical Brouhaha blog many times. From his rose tunnel installation in honor of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen to the stunning living dress he designed for Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips to wear to the National Television Awards (NTAs), Joseph's work has long intrigued us. But when I sat down with Joseph recently, there was one thing in particular on my mind. I wanted to know how he became the youngest designer to win 5 consecutive Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medals. How does one attain that honor at such a young age? What had he done behind the scenes to prepare for such a lofty goal? Our conversation was casual and fun. Joseph's wit (and hilarious sarcasm) made the time fly by way too fast. Before I knew it, we were flying through his memories of being ...

36 MINMAY 6
Comments
BB+ (Ep. 6) Joseph Massie on Training, Competing, and Winning

Amy and Maggie: Flowering During the Pandemic

With social distancing practices still in place, BB Podcast host Amy McGee got on a Zoom call with her co-host Maggie Bailey of Bramble & Bee to catch up and discuss living life and running a floral business in the midst of the pandemic. Maggie shares how Bramble & Bee has adjusted business practices during the Covid-19 pandemic. She also discusses what they hope for the coming weeks and months as the country slowly starts to adjust to the new normal.

44 MINMAY 4
Comments
Amy and Maggie: Flowering During the Pandemic

Jessica Hall & Stephanie Auville (Harmony Harvest Farm)

Today we’re visiting with sisters Jessica Hall & Stephanie Auville, from Harmony Harvest Farm in Weyers Cave, Virginia to discuss: the beach-side conversation that led to the creation of their family-run business - Harmony Harvest Farm the scope of what they grow on the farm the services they provide to their retail and wholesale customers their thoughts on the importance of learning to ship their product efficiently (they've just released The Flower Shipping Course to help others do the same) what a typical farming year looks like at Harmony Harvest Farm the team structure responsible for managing the farm the advantages of working together in a family business how they spend their off season their decision to purchase the manufacturing of a flower frog originally manufactured by Dorothy Biddle Services how they discovered the flower frog business was for sale, what they purchased in the deal, and how they transitioned into production as Floral Genius LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 60...

65 MINAPR 27
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Jessica Hall & Stephanie Auville (Harmony Harvest Farm)

Ellen Frost (Local Color Flowers)

Today we’re visiting with Ellen Frost, owner of Local Color Flowers in Baltimore, Maryland to discuss: how she's able to source local flowers for her business year round her unique business model which includes weddings, weekly orders, book clubs, open studio nights, and more the Bloom Battle and Flower Trivia Nights hosted by Local Color Flowers the structure of her team how she transitioned from being in a business partnership to being a sole proprietor (and later, how she brought her husband on board full-time) how she's worked with local growers to establish winter crop availability the logistics of sourcing locally how she educates her customers about the cost of locally sourced flowers how she insures her wedding clients are a good fit for her business model the classes she offers to her community offering the Local Color Flowers space for rent to the public how she addresses sustainability in her business the ordering challenges involved in sourcing locally how she finds tim...

65 MINAPR 13
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Ellen Frost (Local Color Flowers)

BB+ (Ep. 5) Christine Hoover, LPC: Handling Anxiety

BB+ Guest: Christine Hoover, LPC Even during "normal" times, floral professionals deal with stress and anxiety. The realities of the Corona Virus Pandemic have made this even more relevant. In this episode Amy and Christine sat down to talk about how we can all learn to deal with anxiety. Christine talks about some of the ways our brain processes stress and some practical tips to help. She also talks about when we might need to seek out professional help and how to find that help. Today’s episode is brought to you by: REAL FLOWER BUSINESS Alison Ellis, of Real Flower Business, teaches florists how to make more money and book better clients. She believes every florist should turn a profit and recognize the value of their time & expertise.Click here to learn more. Host: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) Sound Engineer: Joel McGee Original Music: Landon McGee How to Connect with Botanical Brouhaha: BotanicalBrouhaha.com Instagram Facebook

29 MINAPR 10
Comments
BB+ (Ep. 5) Christine Hoover, LPC: Handling Anxiety

Beth O'Reilly, AIFD (Greenleaf Wholesale)

Today we’re visiting with Beth O’Reilly, Director of Education & Merchandise atGreenleaf Wholesalein Houston, Texas to discuss: her career path through the floral design profession from ‘bud vase girl’ to accomplished designer the largest (and possibly the most interesting) event she ever produced how her Fine Arts Sculpture degree has affected her work in floral design her years of involvement in product development in China how family changed her career choices the advantages of freelancing her responsibilities and opportunities at Greenleaf the roles of flowers and logistics in a successful wholesale operation career opportunities in the wholesale business Greenleaf’s involvement in the Botanical BrouhahaDay Lily Initiative LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 58: Ken’s Flower Shops Coby Neal |The Flower Studio Fabian Salcedo |F2 Floral Design AIFD Michelle Perry-White AIFD Hobby Lobby Empty Vase Beverly Wilshire Sharon Sacks |Sacks Productions Oasis Floral Products SEE MORE OF GREEN...

61 MINMAR 23
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Beth O'Reilly, AIFD (Greenleaf Wholesale)
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