Pollen Joins Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book!

We’re excited to announce that Pollen has joined Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book, an invitation-only directory of wedding vendors, handpicked by Style Me Pretty.  Our portfolio conveniently lists all of the Style Me Pretty blog posts to which we’ve contributed, a photographic sampling of our work, and how to get in touch.  We’re excited to be a part of the SMP Little Black Book community!

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Hands-On Floral Design Workshop: A Fundraiser (9/9/2012)

If you saw our floral design workshop exclusive to Pollen clients, and wished you could take it, we have good news!  Pollen and The Flower Garden are teaming up to offer a hands-on introductory floral design workshop to benefit Les, The Flower Garden’s primo peddler of petals, to help with the costs of his recent cancer treatment.

Sunday, September 9, 2012
11AM – 1PM
3717 N. Ravenswood Ave. #237
Chicago, IL 60613


The introductory two-hour class, taught at Pollen’s floral design studio in the Ravenswood Corridor, will cover:
– flower selection,
– cut flower care, and
– the basics of floral design.

Instruction will have an emphasis on working with late summer, locally grown flowers to create a low and lush centerpiece suitable for a dining room table.  After some instruction and demonstration, each student will design a centerpiece of flowers from The Flower Garden to take home.

We’ll work with seasonal flowers such as dahlias, lisianthus, coxcomb, zinnias, gomphrena, and billy balls.  Students are encouraged to bring their own vase, and we recommend bringing a vase roughly 5″ tall and 5″ in diameter.  Vases will also be available for purchase.

To offer the most interactive instruction possible, the class is limited to 10 people.  Registration is required, and at $100 per person includes instruction, flowers, the use of tools, and refreshments.  All ticket sales help pay for Les’ cancer treatment.


For Past and Present Clients: Hands-On Floral Design Workshop

As a “thank you” to past and current clients, Pollen is offering a hands-on workshop in basic floral design.  This workshop is exclusive to past and current Pollen clients*, who may each bring one guest. The introductory two-hour class, taught at Pollen’s floral design studio in the Ravenswood Corridor, will cover:
– flower selection,
– cut flower care, and
– the basics of floral design.

The class will have an emphasis on designing a low and lush arrangement with seasonal farmers market flowers.  After some instruction and demonstration, each student will design a floral arrangement to take home.  Students are encouraged to bring the vase they use most often, but please only bring vases that are under 6″ tall and with openings under 5″ wide.  5″ x 5″ clear glass cylinder vases will also be available for purchase.

To offer the most interactive instruction possible, the class is limited to 15 people, and therefore clients are limited to one additional guest.  Registration is $15 per person, and includes instruction, flowers, and the use of tools.


*Not a Pollen client, and want to take the class? You’re in luck! We’ve just added another class as a fundraiser for a flower friend. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/256572

Support Local Florists for Mothers Day

While Pollen doesn’t do individual gift deliveries, such as those for Mothers Day, we encourage you to support your local florists, and work DIRECTLY with the florist who will be delivering the flowers you send to Mom. Why? You’ll be supporting a small business, and you’ll benefit as well.

You typically will get better service, quality, and pricing if you avoid national order-gathering companies and work directly with a local florist. Read this article by Florist Chronicles for more information.

Call the local florist prepared with the day you would like the flowers delivered, the name and address of the recipient, the message you would like on the card, your budget, and your credit card number. You will often get better product if you allow the florist some flexibility, rather than picking a numbered or titled bouquet.  Think of descriptions such as “simple, white, and modern” or “wildflowery with lots of pink” instead of “TF105-3.”

And order early. You will get better service and make the florist’s job easier if you place your order sooner rather than later.

Happy Mothers Day, and I’ll be thinking of all of my retail florist friends this week!  Sending you lots of positive energy!  Some of our floral friends that can help you with Mothers Day orders are:

Bringing in the New Year with a New Website!

Happy holidays!  As the holidays come to a close, and the New Year approaches, Pollen is very excited to be starting the new year with a new website!

Thanks to Marissa Strassel Design for creating the beautiful new site.  And thanks to Sarah M. for setting the tone with the graphic design she had previously done for Pollen.  In addition to the design, I love the photographs, which were so kindly provided by talented photographer/friends of Pollen.  Thanks to Amanda Hein Photography, Barry Phipps Photography, Callie Lipkin Photography, Colin Lyons, Greenhouse Loft, Jaclyn Simpson Photography, Melissa Hayes Photography, and Trustudio for the photos!  And a big thanks to Jennifer W. and Nathan P. for working on the copy.

I plan to continue to add content to the site, and once again I’m making a New Year’s resolution to blog more frequently.  No, really.  This time I mean it.  Again.  If you have any suggestions for topics, I’d love to hear them!

Another big change is in the works for Pollen…  We’ll be pulling up stakes and moving into a new space early in 2012.  I won’t be moving too far, but I’ll certainly miss my friends in the building.  In the meantime, I’m having fun thinking about paint colors and new configurations of the workspace.

Since I missed the boat on sending out holiday cards, let me say “happy holidays” to all of Pollen’s clients, fellow wedding vendors, and neighbors.  Here’s to another year of celebrations!


Wedding Profile: Purple and Green Romantic Wedding

MegAnn and Jim’s wedding was on a gorgeous summer day at the Chicago History Museum.  In a color palette of purples and greens, the floral designs were lush and romantic.  Amanda Hein Photography captured the day beautifully!

MegAnn’s bridal bouquet was lush and rounded, in shades of purple and green.  More traditional wedding flowers, such as roses and hydrangea, were complemented by  unexpected textures and shapes, which came in the form of scented geranium, bullit allium, purple stock, and purple trachelium.  The deeper purple, ruffly flowers are lisianthus–one of my favorites.

The ceremony was held outside on the Museum’s terrace.  Pollen provided floral swags for the chairs, aisle petals, and a pair of arrangements to frame the ceremony area, featuring sustainably grown delphinium and organically and locally grown hydrangea.

For the reception, a simple yet striking escort card table arrangement of delphinium and hydrangea greeted the guests.  How beautiful is this room?!?!?

Low and lush arrangements on the guest tables coordinated with the bridal party’s flowers.

The cake, provided by Tipsy Cake, was simply decorated with gatherings of purple lisianthus and Cool Water roses.

Thanks again, to Amanda Hein Photography, Greatest Expectations Events, and the Chicago History Museum.  And let’s not forget Pollen’s Lee and Amanda, who helped me to install this lovely wedding!  Congratulations to MegAnn and Jim!  You were wonderful to work with!


As the Wedding Seasons Wind Down…

Well. It has certainly been a busy summer here at Pollen. I ran to the Green City Market this morning to pick up a few last flowers for one of this afternoon’s weddings, made a pair of ceremony arrangements, then popped home for a couple of hours before Jennifer and I head off to Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro, then the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to deliver today’s weddings. On our last busy, busy weekend (with weddings Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!), I find myself with a moment to open mail, do some laundry, and write a quick note here.

I’ve been so lucky to have wonderful help this season. After a busy first year (Pollen’s first full wedding season was last year), I’ve enlisted much more help this year, realizing that I can’t do everything by myself. Thanks to this year’s Pollen staff (Amanda, Brian, Carla, Jennifer, Lee, Paul, and Sarah) for being so positive, working so hard, and making it possible for me to have a social life here and there.

And thanks to Kate C. Huber Consulting for improving Pollen’s internal processes and client communications. And another thank you, to Marissa Strassel Design, for creating a new website for Pollen, which will be unveiled very soon! I’m so excited to be winding down the wedding season with these improvements to the business, and look forward to having more time to work on improving Pollen. And I can’t wait to spend more time with my friends and family!

Helios Bash Last Chance BONUS OFFER

Take advantage of the Helios Bash LAST CHANCE BONUS OFFER:

Buy One full price ticket and receive the second at half-price!!

Go to http://2011heliosbash.kintera.org/sun to purchase your tickets today!!

Society for Urban Nature (SUN), the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s auxiliary board, is proud to host its fourth annual Helios Bash on Aug 19. Helios Bash is SUN’s largest fundraiser, with all proceeds supporting the Nature Museum’s Teenagers Exploring and Explaining Nature and Science (TEENS) program.

Once again, SUN’s event will shine as an example of an eco-friendly party. Calihan Catering will feature local, sustainable and scrumptious cuisine and Pollen will lay out eco-friendly décor. The evening includes an open bar with wine, Goose Island Green Line beer and Yes! Vodka, including a signature cocktail. Attendees will dance to tunes spread by Toast & Jam DJs.

In addition, Helios Bashers will have the chance to tour the urban gateway to nature and science, interact with live animals and pose for fun pictures in a special photo booth by the Traveling Photo Booth. Silent Auction and Raffle prizes include two United Airlines Tickets, premium White Sox tickets Cubs and Blackhawks tickets, and many more!!

Pollen and City Provisions are teaming up to offer a Sunday Fun Day: Blooms and Bloodies silent auction package, which will include a private group floral design workshop from Pollen and pastries and bloody marys from City Provisions.