About Us



Teresa Sabankaya, founder, owner and creative director

Teresa Sabankaya is the founder and creative director of Bonny Doon Garden Company since 1999- a full service floral design studio, Santa Cruz florist and botanical gift shop. She holds a greatly influential position as one of the most innovative florists in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has exhibited her floral art at the ‘Bouquets to Art’ exhibition at De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, the National Trust Filoli’s Estate in Woodside, and various floral design and garden shows.   Teresa’s floral designs have become highly desirable due to their unique style of arranging and elegant garden appeal. Teresa’s designs carry a chic and nostalgic feel, like a just gathered from the garden bouquet of exquisite high-end blooms.  Because of their garden origin, her designs emit a familiarity to people while calibrating the soul.  Her wedding floral styles have been featured in numerous wedding blogs and magazines including Smitten, Sweet Violet Bride, Ruffled Blog and Green Wedding Shoes.

Teresa has been featured in Amy Stewart’s Flower Confidential book as well as her blog.  She is also featured ‘Like a Florist from 100 years ago’ in the PBS Documentary Botany of Desire based on Michael Pollen’s Botany of Desire.

Teresa’s trademarked creation- Bonny Doon Posies© have been a core part of her retail business from the beginning.  The Posies have been featured in such media as CBS Sunday Morning, Romantic Homes Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Santa Cruz Sentinel and The New York Times.  Posies are created by using the historic Language of Flowers constructed into circular nosegays.  These Posies portray a variety of sentiments such as happy birthday, get well, happy anniversary, or simply I Love You!

Teresa is a Certified Green Gardener, obtaining her Advanced Certification in the fall of 2009.  Teresa is a member of Slowflowers.com, an online directory of florists who source their materials locally,  and Greatgardenspeakers.com.

Bonny Doon Garden Co's Teresa Sabankaya is interviewed on PBS about her locally grown flowers, how she got her start and her love for flowers.


DawnDawn Mayer, Lead Designer, Store Manager

Dawn’s career creating unique and beautiful floral arrangements began in Carmel.  She joined Impressions Floral Design and Galleria in 1999, and during her time at Impressions, her talents were quickly realized.  Promoted as Lead Designer she designed countless floral arrangements for locals including celebrities, and high-end clients. Dawn’s work was also featured in Carmel Magazine.

In 2003, Dawn moved to Santa Cruz and joined the Bonny Doon Garden Company.  Her style fits perfectly with Teresa’s aesthetic. Dawn approaches projects with her natural, quiet intuition and her eye for color, balance and structure is awe inspiring. She has a passion for locally grown blooms.  Dawn strives to create exquisite floral designs that bring her client’s vision to life, and always succeeds.

In addition to her work in floral arranging, Dawn enjoys tending her own flower beds.  She regularly delights her entire family by providing amazing arrangements for special occasions. She enjoys reading and riding bikes along our beautiful coastline.



Together, Teresa and Dawn lead an amazing and meticulously devoted design team.  Out team is committed to celebrating our region’s native flora.  Along with our own cutting gardens, we are proud to partner with local farms to bring seasonal flowers to our clients.  We also work with other American and European growers to source ethically and sustainable grown blooms throughout the year.

We look forward to the opportunity to offer our variety of services to you today! Call (831)508-3115, or Shop Online.