Debra Prinzing

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Episode 488: Meet my neighborhood florists, Cindi Schriock from CMS Floral Design and Gina Thresher of From the Ground up Floral

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Hello friends! It’s 2021 and I couldn’t be happier to welcome you to our fun conversation today!

Anyone who’s been part of the Slow Flowers Community knows how deeply we value professional contacts that develop into friendships. And today, you will meet two women who are Slow Flowers members, and now, both my neighbors and friends.

I live in a little suburb of Seattle called Des Moines, Washington, which is just south of the metropolis! Our first guest is Cindi Schriock, owner of CMS Floral Design, here in Des Moines. And our second guest is Gina Thresher of From the Ground up Floral, located in Kent, Washington, the much larger community just east of us.

Cindy Schriock of CMS Floral Design (left) and with one of her signature urn designs (right)

Both women have home-based studios, and as it turns out, I learned that both started their floral journeys about 12 years ago. Cindi will explain how she organically built CMS Floral Design while working full-time in a corporate job. And Gina will share a somewhat similar path, beginning when she designed the flowers for her own wedding and growing her studio while raising her two young children.

A CMS Floral Design bridal bouquet

I feel so much affection for both of these women. Earlier this year, after the death of my father, I was so pleased to see that friends who wanted to send their sympathies ordered floral arrangements for me by look at to find my local florists. Both Cindi and Gina delivered heartfelt, stunning arrangements that my family, especially including my mother, and I really enjoyed.

One of Seattle Elegant Sofreh designs for a ceremony at the Edmonds (WA) Yacht Club, designed by Cindy Schriock

In addition to CMS Floral Design’s focus on flowers for corporate clients and everyday orders, Cindi owns Seattle Elegant Sofreh, a specialty design service for Persian wedding ceremonies. The Sofreh is a cultural tradition that is created in addition to the wedding flowers, incorporating several features and ingredients that are symbolic and meaningful.

Gina Thresher, AIFD, EMC, of From the Ground Up Floral (left) and one of her exuberant bouquets, which was selected as one of the Top Ten TROPICAL NOUVEAU designs, sponsored by Neotropical Hawaii

Gina started From the Ground Up, transitioning to a full-service floral design practice after studying invertebrate biology. As you’ll hear in our conversation, her business formation began with her own wedding flowers, which she designed.  She explains, “I was that DIY crazy bride, the one that doesn’t really notice she’s spending a fortune to ruin her nails and causing her family to panic when she doesn’t have the boutonnieres done at 3 a.m. the morning of the wedding.”

Gina’s use of color, texture, composition is expressed in these two bouquets

Hooked, Gina took classes and pursued floral certifications at the national and international level, including AIFD (American Institute of Floral Designers) and EMC (European Master Certification). She teaches in person and virtual design courses, lectures and is active on social media, primarily as the PNW chapter president for AIFD.

More Resources and Links:
Follow Cindy Schriock at these social places: CMS Floral Design on Facebook and Instagram

Follow Gina at these social places: From the Ground Up Floral on Facebook and Instagram

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Click here for more details on the Spring Fleurvana Virtual Summit: Sustainability & Regeneration, March 5-7, 2021

Connecting with more of you – either in person or virtually thanks to technology — is one of my ongoing goals.

I encourage you to take advantage of our monthly Slow Flowers’ member virtual meet-ups. The January session took place last week. Here is the replay video, in case you missed it! Our theme was “Floral Wellness,” and I want to thank Rachel Johnson of Simply Grounded, who introduced us to Sogetsu Ikebana and demonstrated three incredible designs for us to learn from.

This Friday, January 15th at 9 am Pacific/Noon eastern, you are invited to join our free webinar focusing on how to create Botanical Couture fashions for the upcoming American Flowers Week 2021 campaign. If you have ever been interested in participating as a creator of a floral fashion, this session is for you! As of the date of this recording, ten past botanical couture creators are confirmed to present, and we will hear how each conceptualized their unique, iconic look for past American Flowers Week collections.

February Member “Virtual” Meet-Up

A Floral Welcome
This wonderful pocket vase adorns my front door, containing curly willow, garden hellebores and pretty white summer snowflakes.

And save the date for the February Slow Flowers member virtual meet-up — we’re moving it a little earlier next month because of Valentine’s Day, so we will gather online February 5th to learn more about growing and designing with hellebores! More to come on that in our February newsletter; if you’re not currently receiving the newsletter, subscribe here!

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I’m Debra Prinzing, host and producer of the Slow Flowers Podcast. Next week, you’re invited to join me in putting more Slow Flowers flowers on the table, one vase at a time. And If you like what you hear, please consider logging onto iTunes and posting a listener review.

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Music Credits:

Turning On the Lights; Pinky; Gaenaby Blue Dot Sessions

Lovely by Tryad

In The Field