i recently moved to new york for graduate school at columbia and spent the last three years working for the edible schoolyard, caring for the environment by growing and preparing food with youth. having worked in florals while an undergraduate student in santa cruz and also in san francisco, harvesting and arranging flowers with students seemed like a natural fit. i found that similar to my own experience working with flowers, students found an element of tranquility in working with beautiful natural elements.
how did find flower girl and what attracted you to it?
i came across flower girl while exploring the lower east side for the first time and thought it was such a lovely shop! a few months later i was felt i was missing a creative outlet being totally immersed in school again and realized it would be wonderful to work with flowers again. luckily, flower girl was hiring.
where did you grow up, and what was the most positive aspect of growing up there?
i grew up mostly in northern california, but lived a few years in mexico as a child and spent summers there with my family. while our home was teeny in mexico, our garden was extensive so my sisters and i got to experience being totally wild in our environment, gorging on papayas and mangoes while playing in our backyard. when we moved back to the states i think we carried our appreciation for the outdoors and sense of curiosity about nature as well as various cultures- past and present.
what inspires you?
so many things! in the flower world i am definitively inspired by the colors, textures, and patterns of nature. this sounds kind of cheesy but the coloring of an antiquing hydrangea, or the sense of both rough and soft you get when you look at a blushing bride, or the tightly folded ribbons that make-up a celosia are so impressive to me.
what is your favorite part of the flower world?
definitely the creativity and curiosity that it sparks. i also appreciate the interface of hard and thoughtful work involved in designing floral arrangements.
what is your favorite animal and why?
i am forever in awe of the octopus and its ability to completely change in color, texture, size and shape.
where do you see yourself in 5 years?
this is a hard question to answer as i was certain a year ago that i would return to california as soon as my program finished, but now i am uncertain as to when i will be ready to leave new york.
what one word would you use to describe yourself?
one word… that’s hard! i guess i would describe myself as pretty lively. i like to stay active and maintain a generally positive outlook.
what do you do for fun/to relax? i really like to go running and do yoga when i have the time. of course, reading fiction and listening to music are my downtime go-to’s and make me happy.
what is your favorite food to eat and or prepare/share? to eat, anything my mom prepares is my favorite! she is a phenomenal cook and spoiled us with delicious meals. i on the other hand do not cook that often, but i really enjoy preparing and sharing ceviche- mostly because the ingredients remind me of summer.
what is your best travel experience and why? the few months i spent in the patagonia chile is probably my most memorable traveling experience. i had never experienced so many different landscapes -volcanoes, glaciers, lakes, rivers, ocean, mountains, and old growth forests- in such close proximity to one another. the stars were also beyond anything i had ever seen… i think about those stars all the time here in new york when I look up and can’t see any.