Sunday, May 25, 2014

Fleurie is now listed in Slowflowers.com as a vendor

Fleurie is proud to be a member of the Slow Flowers movement.
The mission of Slowflowers.com is simply this:
To promote American-grown flowers, to make it easy for flower consumers to connect with florists, shops, studios and farms who provide American-grown flowers, and to encourage truthful and transparent country-of-origin labeling in the floral industry. 
This bouquet was made from flowers gathered in the Fleurie cutting garden May of 2013
                  

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Full Bouquet Blog:: Featuring the Northern California Chapel Designers

What an honor to be in this great group of talented florists!


See us here:
http://thefullbouquetblog.com/2014/04/03/meet-the-northern-california-chapel-designers/

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Magnolia Rouge featured blog post- Almond Blossom styled shoot



This shoot all came together over Instagram! I know, hard to imagine such beauty could come of such a simple little square photo and a hashtag. Diana McGregor contacted me about doing a photo shoot in the almond orchard early this spring. We got the date scheduled, and then time to figure out who and where. The who was me, Fleurie, Bryana of BMK Faces, makeup artist, models, Maddie and, Camille.

Special thanks to the Schmidt family for the use of their beautiful property, and to Tricia and Jill for all the last minute help on the little details that matter so much. 





Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fleurie will be on the Magnolia Rouge blog on Monday!


Here is a little sneak peek from Magnolia Rouge's Instagram feed. My work is on the top right. Photo shoot took place in an almond orchard this February.


Thank you to Diana McGregor Photography, Bryanna of BMK Faces for your hard work on this! Thanks to Shailey and Steven for the use of their property. Thanks go to our lovely models for the day, Maddie and Camille for the great job of modeling!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Check out the new Fleurie website!

Fleurie can now be found at the new (still under a bit of construction) website: http://fleurieflower.com/
For now, I will be blogging occasionally here. I hope to have the two sites consolidated in the future. These changes are all part of an effort to get the word out about Fleurie and the services we offer, in an informational and eye-catching manner.
wedding reception flowers fleurie coral


Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Chapel Designers | Florabundance Inc., Floral Design Conference, Santa Barbara

I spent three days last week in flower lovers heaven. I attended The Chapel Designers conference in Santa Barbara, CA. Florabundance Inc also hosted the workshop. It was held at the beautiful Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez CA


Some of my favorite floral designers were on the agenda to teach the workshops.
Holly Heider Chapple, Francoise WeeksJoseph MasseyNancy Liu Chin, not to mention floral designer and blogger Alicia Schwede of Bella Fiori and Flirty Fleurs, speaking about social media and marketing.
Also presenting were Photographer Diana Prunean, and Graphic Designer James Prunean. Kevin Chin was on hand to capture it all on video.

I'll skip over the many details and get right to some photos!

Participants waiting for the program to begin. The winery was in a beautiful setting.

My bouquet, made in Holly's teaching portion of the  workshop


Jessica of Blooms n' Blossoms
I am so thankful I finally got to meet my Kentucky flower friend in person. Jessica and I have been on Facebook for over a year, and when this opportunity came up, I couldn't believe it was really happening, that she would be travelling to California to attend and become a Chapel Designer, with me. 
I will forever treasure our time together. Especially the late night romp in the Pacific Ocean. 
We did a lot of laughing, a little crying and a whole lot of learning and growing. 

Sheri with her gorgeous bouquet
This is Sheri, she lives in Texas and owns Blumenmeisters Flower Shop. We met last year at the conference. We didn't get to talk at first, but when we had a minute, we started talking non-stop. I was so happy to hear that Sheri would be coming back to California again. She is a super talented floral designer and businesswoman. And a sweet friend. I'm lucky to know her. 

Susanne, of the Blue Carrot
This is the adorable Susanne, she is the proprietress of a floral design studio and garden called 
The Blue Carrot. She traveled from the UK and joined us for one day. I was so excited to learn that she would be joining us for the conference. I have been an avid follower of her beautiful work for some time. 



 I'd like to personally thank Holly and Evan Chapple and Joost Bongaerts of Florabundance for all their work on this event and their dedication to the floral industry.
There are many more to thank, and many, many new friends in The Chapel Designers group to get to know.



Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I am happy, proud, giddy and just outright excited to be a member of the trendsetting group of floral designers called "The Chapel Designers

It is a wonderful group of like-minded florists from all over the world that gather together to support, learn, grow and challenge each to their reach their highest potential. 
I want to thank Holly Heider Chapple for all the love and work and passion she puts into the group and into our profession.

Here is a little tease of the bouquet I made that is included in the post:

2013 Trend Setting Wedding Bouquets by The Chapel Designers
The groom, holding his soon to be wife's bouquet just before the wedding.
Included in the design is Incense Cedar from my friend Rosemary at Squaw Valley Herb Gardens, and plumosa fern from my own garden.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Meet Kathleen of Bloemster!

What a fun and full day Kathleen Williford of Bloemster and I had on a lovely December day. The power of social media, and bringing like minded people together is just awesome.

Who would have known a simple comment on a social media page would lead to a 3+ hour drive and a day full of exploring a couple of organic farms, wreath-making and non-stop talking?

Well it did. Kathleen made the trip to Reedley on a sunny December day. Read about it in her blog post here on Bloemster:
http://bloemster.tumblr.com/post/70297317839/grapevines-greens-social-media-a-holiday-wreath

The lovely start and end to our busy day-
Kathleen and Rebecca of Tory Farms in Dinuba. Notice the Egrets flying in to investigate in the background....I was a little distracted taking this picture!

Kathleen and I with our (mostly) finished wreaths with Tory Farms grapevines and foraged evergreens


Read more about it on Kathleen's new Farm to Home Lifestyle blog!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


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Via Style Me Pretty- Secrets of top designer Lisa Vorce

A little after-Christmas reading via Style Me Pretty: 8 Secrets of Top Designer Lisa Vorce

Here is an excerpt that I found particularly useful for brides gathering ideas for your wedding. 

"How do you use online sources for inspiration but tailor them to your own style?
Super easy! Just remember that online sources are for inspiration… not replication / duplication. Use them to get inspired and get the creative juices flowing, and not as a “catalog” of what you want at your event. So many times brides come to me with a Pinterest board of 57 different directions thinking they want them all. A well-designed and “bespoke” event is one that is truly about who you are at your core. Take the inspiration you see online and translate it into a vision that is most fitting for you. Stay true to yourself!"

http://www.stylemepretty.com/2013/12/24/8-secrets-of-top-designer-lisa-vorce/

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Winter Wedding in purples and greens

The last wedding of the year was a particularly special one. They are all special, as such a sacred important occurrence always is. I don't take my job lightly, so often, for me, it is an emotional time. This was truly one of those emotional times. 
For this wedding, I was was familiar with the bride, but had never met her in person. A friend of many friends.
When we met, I knew it would be a perfect match- bride-to-be and florist, and of course, the future husband and wife. It was like they were out there, waiting to find each other, knowing many of the same people, but never meeting.

She said the words all creatives love to hear- I love your work, here are my colors and a few ideas, you do what you do best! When given that sort of creative freedom, my mind races to what I can do to fulfill the expectations in the best possible manner. the work becomes a part of me, of what I really love to do. 

So, this little glimpse of some of the wedding flowers shows you what comes from my heart and creative workings of my soul.

A woodland style centerpiece

flowers in a tea tin


This beautiful arbor, frame made by the bride's friend, the quote painted by another friend

The cake and the flower filled initials

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

China Peak Ski resort wedding photos are up!

Oh! I am so excited to share the photos from Robyn and Alden's mountain wedding! It was a day filled with twists and turns and changes of locations within China Peak Ski Resort. The ski resort staff did a fantastic job of resetting the entire wedding ceremony site and reception.

Van's Photography shared these photos on their blog today.

(c) Van's Photgraphy

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

On a Thursday in November, there is a fun event in our downtown area, called Ladies Night Out. It is sponsored by the Reedley Downtown Association. 
Fleurie recently joined this wonderful group of merchants, and participated in this fun event. We set up a table of goodies at Shinn Photography, along with Royal Brew. 
Ruth was the winner in our drawing for the decorated pumpkin! 

Our Reedley Downtown Association director, Barbie, wearing a Mardi Gras style Floral Mask from Fleurie


The pumpkin arrangement up as a prize in a free drawing. It was won by Ruth. She was pretty happy to come back down and pick it up!
 




Arrangements for the Ladies Night Out were inspired by the beautiful fall colors in my own front yard. Maple, Oak and Birch trees all contributed their fall colors to my palette. 



Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Seasonal Bouquet Project, November 2: From the Cutting Garden

This big arrangement consists entirely of flowers and foliage from my cutting garden. The season is coming to a close. I will dearly miss these bright beacons of loveliness, gracing my creations. 

Fleurie's cutting garden flowers have graced the tables at The MCC Cafe most of the summer. 

They have been to weddings- 


The Apricot Charm Zinnias from the garden are gracing these bridal bouquets, as are Scented Geraniums. 

At the Fresno County Public Library-


This is an Herbal bouquet of sage, purple basil, solidago, amaranthus, lavender and rosemary, all from the garden. 

Looking back, I guess the garden has provided a wealth of flowers, herbs and foliage for Fleurie's designs.
 
I see a bigger and better cutting garden on my horizon....I better get out the shovel and hoes again, I see lawn removal in my future! 

Fall is a great time to plan and plot for next spring! Sweet Peas can be planted for spring bloom, and there are so many bulbs and perennials that can be transplanted now. 

Sweet dreams summer garden.....


Monday, October 21, 2013

Dinner at the Library Event, 2013

For the second year in a row,  Fleurie was asked to provide flowers for the Friends of the Fresno County Library, Dinner with the Authors event.

I like to source my materials as local as possible, so I work hard to gather beautiful flowers, fruit and foliages from many local sources. The vases and containers were all from my favorite local non-profit thrift store.

This year, again, Tory Farms in Dinuba, CA let me go out and pick some beautiful grapes. It is so peaceful out there, I love to enjoy the nature sights and the sounds of birds all around. I love the photos that resulted from that visit-


Another stop in my quest for local flowers is a flower farm nearby that grows for farmer's markets around the valley. She grows a wonderful array of summer-hardy flowers like dahlias, zinnias, tuberose, celosia and sunflowers, to name a few.


 The back of my vehicle after the flower farm-


Add in some Fuyu persimmons, cotton, and celosia from generous friends' gardens, some foliage and flowers from my garden and a few from local wholesalers. 
This wonderful pumpkin/ gourd is from The Grove in Sanger, CA. The Grove is not only the best place in the area to get your Halloween scare on, it is a great venue for weddings! 

This pumpkin is decorated with flowers, herbs and succulents for a long-lasting centerpiece or decoration for your office or home!

Here are more photos of the beautiful flowers and fruits collected into fall hued arrangements-
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.738137089533552.1073741832.124207300926537&type=1

Monday, October 14, 2013

Soft Fall-hued Wedding by Fleurie, in Visalia, California


I just can't wait to share more of this beautiful wedding from this fine mid- October Saturday! It was a lovely coral and white hued wedding with lots of textural elements included. 
This was the arrangement for the bride and groom's table. Featuring local, small-farm- grown dahlias that were to die for, I grew the zinnias, and a friend grows the white pomegranates on their ranch. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

From the Cutting Garden, October 1


This week in the garden was bright and happy. I feel zinnias radiate happy. With their mostly bright- hued colors and little yellow florets ringing the center, they add a nice pop of bright color. Joining the zinnias this week are plume celosia, dahlias, Cappuccino rudbeckia, variegated skeleton leaf geranium and Mardi Gras gomphrena.  



As fall weather is upon us, the garden is slowing down for the hot summer-loving annuals, the dahlias are happier, and beginning to put on another round of blooms.
I recently did a little seed shopping and picked up some seeds to plant now, for early spring bloom. Sweet Peas, Larkspur, Nigella to name a few.
I love the sweet scent of the Sweet Peas, and look forward to picking lots of blooms come springtime.

The Sweet Pea is one of my favorite flowers to include in springtime bridal bouquets.

Just picked, ready to arrange

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Ultimate/Perfect Bride/Client- by Sherry of Gertie Mae's Floral Studio

Reading this post from The Not Wedding, I wanted to share what Sherry Donnelly of Gertie Mae's Floral Studio said when asked the question.....
GMBuffy Dekmar Photography (3)
Image re-posted from Gertie Mae's website- photo by Buffy Dekmar Photography


"Describe the ultimate/perfect bride/client:"
"Collaborating with a bride or client is fun and exciting as we put all of
our ideas on the table. What makes for a great client is one that has come
to me for that special “Gertie Mae’s” signature look and will allow me
creative freedom with their color pallet and vision. It is helpful to have
some suggested flowers, but if I am held to exact equations it leaves
little, if any room, for free-flowing creativity. The perfect bride/client
has retained me because they love my work! When given the freedom to be
playful and imaginative, I am able to create designs that are truly works
of art!"
Sherry could have taken the words out of my mouth, (if I was as eloquent as she is). I strive to make each and every client happier than they thought they could be about the flowers I provide. It is great when a client chooses me because they love my work. Creative freedom is the best gift anyone can give a creative person. 
Here is a little of the lovely that Gertie Mae's Floral Studio turns out-
GMKatie Rivers Photography




Go check out the blog post  for yourself-

http://www.thenotwedding.com/vendor-of-the-week-gertie-maes-floral-studio/

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Second Anniversary arrangement, Cotton, Dahlias, Stocks, Dusty Miller and Veronica

I had the pleasure to make an anniversary arrangement for a former wedding client. It was their second anniversary, and since that anniversary's theme is cotton, I used fresh cotton; flowers, foliage and the green pods, dried cotton, since the bolls were not quite ripe on the plants. 
Also included were Dahlias, Veronica, fragrant Stocks, and Dusty Miller.




Find Fleurie on Facebook-
https://www.facebook.com/FleurieflowersbyLGarza?ref=hl
And Wedding Wire:
http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/fleurie-flowers-by-garza-reedley/bc603320a31f0a7c.html


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

From the Cutting Garden of Fleurie- a Fragrant Herbal Bridal Bouquet and Boutonniere


Wandering about the garden one early summer day, I saw all these beautiful flowers and foliages, and was inspired by the colors, scents and textures that were in full glory. I was inspired to create this bridal bouquet and boutonniere. It lasted for a long time on my table, then went outside to dry

herbal bridal bouquet
herbal boutonniere

Here is the after- still fragrant, a little worse for the wear. I still love it in this state of decay- I find beauty in this stage as well.