Floral Design Workshop at the Rawlings Conservatory

The Rawlings Conservatory has turned into one of my favorite venues in Baltimore. Any nature lover owes it to themselves to pay a visit and walk through the greenhouse and gardens. It was such a treat to host a workshop there this past Sunday. I learned that the Rawlings Conservatory is the 2nd oldest buildings of it’s kind in the US.

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We had the best of fall flowers. I choose jewel tones with pops of peach and orange. It always amazes me how different each design will turn out even though everyone is using the same materials. There were dahlias, mums, stock, amaranth, thistle, basil, sedum, celosia, and even my new favorite carnation. Why do carnations have such a bad rep?! #carnationnation

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Thanks to the Rawlings Conservatory and the Friends of the Rawlings Conservatory for having us!

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Venue: Rawlings Conservatory

Local Flower Farms: Hillen Homestead, Butterbee Farm, Clear Ridge Nursery

Everyday Rosé - The Beginnings

If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.
— Reid Hoffman, Founder of Linked In

I love that quote about starting a business. I am not particularly embarrassed by my first workshop, but so much has changed since then. The point is, I started something. 

Many people ask me how? And why?

Well, it all started during a particularly creative mercury retrograde. I was attending a Bikram yoga class. As is usually the case for me in yoga, my mind was going a million miles an hour. Also all my chakras were aligned, and I was looking out of my third eye ...you get the point. During that particular class I was thinking about how I wanted to work with flowers. Then I started to wrap my head around the idea of workshops. Floral design in bars and restaurants. Like a wine and paint night! Like wine and paint but better! Because #flowers, duh. Something inside of me clicked, and I thought, "I could ACTUALLY DO THIS!" 

I spent the summer of 2015 scheming and planning and researching and networking and visiting flower farms and talking to friends and drinking rosé. Ah yes, the rosé was plentiful that summer. My first workshop was on August 12, 2015. My friends showed up to support me in a HUGE way. I think I spent so much time planning the details that when it came to the actual instruction part I muttered something like, "Uh, flowers ...pretty ...cut ...put in vase." Nonetheless, Everyday Rosé had launched, and I was so happy I cried. That's me, crying, in the bottom left.

This summer will be Everyday Rosé's third year. We've gone from workshops to flower bars to weddings and more. The little idea I had during that fateful Bikram class has changed and evolved, and I can't wait to see what another year will bring!   

August 12, 2015 - Chaser Bar - Baltimore, MD

August 12, 2015 - Chaser Bar - Baltimore, MD

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Locally sourced flowers from Butterbee Farm and Hillen Homestead

Locally sourced flowers from Butterbee Farm and Hillen Homestead