“It all began in the garden.” Yes, indeed, it did for Bonny Doon Garden Company — a Florist in Santa Cruz since 1999. For Teresa’s most recent Posy Workshop I had the pleasure of spending the day in Bonny Doon, at Castle House & Gardens preparing the studio and cutting flowers and herbs from the garden. There is something beyond magical up there.
Surrounded by endless redwoods, soothing air, beautiful gardens and lots of loyal furry animals of course! I couldn’t help but get lost in reflection and gratitude for being in the floral industry with Teresa for 13 plus years.
In The Beginning…
I had been a florist for about 5 years before I met Teresa. Being an early twenty-something, I thought I knew all there was about the trade (Now I know you never stop learning!) I moved from Carmel to Santa Cruz in 2003 and quickly put my resume in at this adorable little florist inside a kiosk in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz. It was bursting with gorgeous blooms, plants and local artisan gifts. Teresa called me for an interview. We met at Lulu’s over coffee and I instantly felt at home. Our aesthetics and passion seemed to match! Due to life circumstances beyond my control, I moved away from Santa Cruz a few times, but Teresa has always found a home for me at Bonny Doon Garden Company when I returned. Now, 13 years later, she trusts me as her lead designer/manager of the shop now located inside New Leaf Market in Santa Cruz. Our shared passion for flowers has only deepened as florists. We still get that euphoric feeling when looking at a beautiful blossom or flower arrangement. It keeps me going when times are tough.
How Did the Florist Begin in the Garden?
How did the florist begin in the garden? Teresa started growing flowers on her and her husband’s family property and had such an abundance she decided to sell her blooms, starting at New Leaf Market where we are located now! That quickly brought Teresa to that little kiosk to open her own flower shop. I continue to be amazed by watching the growth of our company, and ever so grateful to be a part of the Slow Flowers movement with emphasis on local flowers and supporting your community. With everything that’s going on in this world it’s important to find at least one thing you are grateful for and hold on to it. The world is still full of beauty in people and in nature. Literally, it’s important to stop and smell the roses!
I look forward to what the future holds for Bonny Doon Garden Company as I continue this flower-filled journey!
Your Grateful Florist,