At Detailed Floral Design we are set apart by our artistry, attention to detail and generosity.
We love to support groups who are making a difference locally and internationally. We seek out opportunities to bring joy to others through flowers.
In high school, each Saturday, Karese collected beautiful flowers for her grandmother from her garden and brought them in to grace every room of her home. This experience ignited her passion to serve others through floral and garden design.
In the twenty years since, we have discovered many opportunities to give back and bring joy though flowers. A few recent stories follow...
In early June 2020 our community is hurting. It has been a couple months since our lives were 'normal'. The coronavirus stay at home orders have created a new normal and we are finding ways to pivot in business and in our families. We have seen significant social injustice fueling protests and a countywide curfew. There is a lot of anger, hurt and fear.
Although I cannot fix everything, I want to do something. To focus on joy, love and those who are serving well right now seems to be a good place to start. During this unprecedented and difficult time, there are many setting aside their own and their family's safety and comfort to serve.
On June 5, my daughters and I designed and delivered 60 bright spring arrangements to our local heroes. Each card read, "We pray Jesus gives you and your family safety and comfort as you serve. Thank you!" Although it was meant to be a Gift of Joy for them, shifting my attention to those I am thankful for actually brought me joy too.
I just purchased hundreds of dollars of flowers to donate to a local fundraiser at Ponte Winery this weekend. With the new COVID-19 restrictions that went into effect today, March 16th, 2020, the event is canceled. I am not the only one affected. Brides' plans are now changed at the last minute and other wedding florists also have coolers full of flowers for events that have been canceled.
Our community is filled with fear as we stockpile food, bottled water and toilet paper for whatever may lie ahead. The news and social media flood our minds with images of illness and overwhelming statistics. With schools and work abruptly closed for the first time in my memory, emotions range from top to bottom and everywhere in between.
Heather of HCD Weddings had a wonderful idea. She wants to share joy in our community with the flowers that have no place to go. She reached out to local wedding florists; in an industry that could be cutthroat, we support each other. We teamed together to create and quietly deliver small bouquets to hundreds of doorsteps in Temecula and Murrieta before the stay at home order began.
Vivian’s Hope is a team of people who volunteer their time and talents to raise funds to provide for the medical needs of the babies at Tender Hearts Babies Home in Mukono, Uganda. Vivian's Hope hosts one fundraiser each year.
The 9th annual dinner and auction is hosted by Fazeli Cellars in Temecula, CA. This year they will auction off the table centerpieces as part of the fundraiser for the first time. Volunteers built rustic wooden boxes from repurposed wood to fill with seasonal details.
I had the honor to help plan and assemble the centerpieces. To help round out the boxes, I also donated twelve dozen Vendela roses, homegrown cypress sprigs, and silver decorations. The centerpieces alone raised over $1,700 for children in Uganda, Africa and the event's $50,000 goal was surpassed.
Children can benefit from smaller class size and hand picked curriculum. Unfortunately, some children miss out on these opportunities due to the financial burden.
Each year the school hosts a fundraising gala. At the fundraiser dinner is served and items are auctioned to offset the cost of education for students. This year's gala is at Wilson Creek Winery.
For the 2019 fundraiser, I donated a floral design class for six. The wonderful elementary teacher who won the class owns a beautiful garden in Fallbrook. She invited friends and we shared how to design with a mix of homegrown and commercially available flowers. We shared a fun evening of friends, flowers, laughter and learning.
Visiting a new church can be overwhelming and first impressions are important. Yet it is within community and knowing Jesus that we can be known, loved and encouraged to grow.
Surrounded by autobody shops, the first impression was a bit cold. The leadership decided to create a warmer, more inviting plaza where friends could gather and visit before and after weekend services. They built six wooden boxes to replace the orange cones that protected the church entry from traffic and asked if I might fill them with flowers.
I was thrilled. I created planters inside each wooden box. Two are removable and four are permanent. I brought in over twenty cubic feet of quality potting soil and fertilizer. The first spring we filled the planters with agave, white cosmos, yellow calibrachoa, white bacopa, white petunias and pink petunias. In late summer when the those flowers became tired we replaced them with a blend for fall. This seasonal blend includes bronze ipomoea, white euphorbia, yellow lantana, large, white salvia and the remaining agaves. I look forward to each new season and the opportunity to bring joy with fresh plants.
Spending time and having fun with your spouse can deepen your marriage. But for me, it is sometimes tough think of date ideas where we can laugh and create memories together.
The Marriage Ministry planned to create a fun 1970s themed Valentine's event for couples. When I asked how we could support the team, they asked for table centerpieces and a boutonniere for the host. Looking at the theme for the evening and their logo I began to design.
I created striking centerpieces with over 500 red blooms and a red rose boutonniere for the host. At the end of the evening the winning couple at each table will take home the centerpiece to enjoy through Valentines Day.