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About this series.  Your Guide to Wedding Flowers, from a Florist’s Perspective. Most of my clients are doing this for the first time. They’ve never hired a florist for an event, so they’re figuring it out as they go along, relying on internet research as well as the experiences of friends and family. I started […]

What a busy summer!  On top of each weekend’s wedding work, I’ve been meeting with potential 2015 clients to talk about their wedding flowers.  We’re beginning to fully book up for some weekends for next year, which got me to thinking that I could provide some insight as to which weekends typically book up first […]

What better time than Earth Day to explain our sustainable approach to floral design!  I started Pollen specifically to offer an eco-friendly floral design option to couples planning their weddings.  In both our operations and in our sourcing of materials, we operate in as eco-friendly of a way as possible.  It’s been an evolving process, […]

Valentine’s Day.  After 10 years working for others in retail floral, I gotta say, I don’t miss it.  Well, maybe a little.  But we don’t do Valentine’s Day at Pollen.  Just full-service weddings and events. Today, I changed Pollen’s answering machine message to say that we don’t do gift deliveries.  Answering machine, you ask?  Yep, […]

Update 8/6/2013: The workshop is sold out.  To get first dibs next year, “like” Pollen’s Facebook page! We at Pollen are excited to offer for the second time our Client Appreciation Floral Design Workshop, exclusively for past and present Pollen clients!  It’s a chance for us to say “thanks” to our clients and to catch […]

We’re excited to announce that we’ve moved!  Our studio now is located at 2918 N. Milwaukee Avenue, in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood.  Where’s Avondale, you ask?  We’re just north of Logan Square. What’s new at the space?  It’ll be a work in progress.  We have a little yard in back that we’ll be planting up with […]

When I deliver weddings, people are often REALLY relieved when I offer to pin on the corsages and boutonnieres.  It’s become clear that people really aren’t comfortable with this task, and I’ve seen so many strangely and/or precariously pinned boutonnieres, that I’ve decided to provide some tips on how to pin a boutonniere. First, where […]

People often think that those in the wedding industry get to take the winters off.  Not so!  While we do indeed have fewer weddings and events to work on during the winter months, we’re still busy, but with a different kind of work.  We’re busy with consultations, networking, marketing, and budgeting.  So what have I […]

Yesterday, Pollen held its first ever workshop at Pollen’s studio, located in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood.  Exclusive to Pollen clients (and a sidekick), students learned the basics of floral design, with an emphasis on working with farmers market flowers. After some instruction and demonstration (and mimosas and bloody marys), the students designed their own arrangements.  I […]

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 […]

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