Stems Floral Design
Santa Rosa, CA

Meet Barbara of
Stems Floral Design

Stems Floral Design

Welcome to 
Stems Floral Design

We’re here in Santa Rosa, CA with Barbara, owner of Stems Floral Design   

   “We’ve been here for twenty-five years.  There have been so many changes throughout the years for the whole industry.  One funny thing is that I’m starting to get second generation brides.  We have had such loyal customers that the brides come in and say, ‘You did my mother’s flowers!’
     “We’re on 4th street in downtown Santa Rosa in the heart of wine country.  Our building survived the ’06 earthquake.  It is an old Victorian house circa 1900.  It has had many metamorphisms over the years—it was a pottery store, baby store, and now it’s been a flower shop for the last 25 years.
   “Originally I had a catering business and I always would decorate my buffets and my wedding cakes with flowers. The customers kept asking me if I could do their centerpieces— and before you knew it I jumped into the floral business through the catering business.  I studied art in college so I have a background in that type of thing.  Florists are artists who create living art.  Being a florist satifsies my creative energies.


   “We are a cut above: we are a full service florist that covers every occasion from birth to burial.  We do proms, birthday parties, anniversaries, as well as arrangements that say I’m sorry or get well.  We had this one gentleman who wanted us to get him out of the doghouse.  He said he needed an ‘I’m sorry’ bouquet, and he asked, ‘How much will that cost me?’ And I said, ‘How sorry are you?  Is she mad at you because you left the dog out or because you had an affair?’  And he said, ‘Oh, more like leaving the dog out.’  And I responded, ‘Oh, that won’t be as expensive.’”

A Look Inside Stems Floral Design

    Let Stems Floral Design create a personal floral design that reflects exactly what you want to say.  Whether it be a sentiment of love, condolence or encouragement, there is an arrangement out there for everyone.  Flowers are also an excellent way to beautify your home. One person may prefer a contemporary tropical arrangement while another loves the tradition of a dozen roses.  Whatever your preference, Stems Floral Design is there to accommodate you.
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The Magic of Flowers and Plants
Flowers always say, "You're special!"

     There is nothing like the thrill of receiving flowers. You feel special: someone is thinking about you, wanting to lift your spirits and make your day!   
    Flowers touch all our senses, from visual vibrant colors to sweet fragrances.  These powerful elements evoke pleasant memories of past times.  Flowers are timeless, and bring those sweet memories to the present.
    Who isn’t thrilled by the brilliance of color, the richness of life in the garden!  We give plants and flowers  because we love the beauty of the outdoors.  Giving plants and flowers as gifts brings the garden indoors for us to enjoy.
     More to consider:
Flowers can be a gift for anyone.
From son to father, daughter to mom, friend to friend... tell someone they are special with flowers.
    Give flowers at unexpected times.
Giving flowers is a spontaneous act of kindness that will brighten any person’s day.
      Consider flowers as a thank you!  Acknowledge all that someone has done for you by giving them flowers.
     The bottom line: let someone know that you are thinking about them. Flowers always say, “I’m here for you!”

There is a whole world of flowers out there... 
get to know them! 

   Flowers come in a marvelous variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.  Try something new and interesting the next time you order.   By learning the flower choices, you can personalize your arrangements to suit your taste or that of your recipient.  For example, if your mom loves hydrangeas, you will know what to ask for. 

     Ordering from a florist is going to be much easier when you can tell them specifically what flowers you like. The guide that follows represents some of the more common flower choices available in flower shops.  Ask your florist for their expert opinion in picking your flowers.  Working closely with your florist will get you the best results!

Barbara Gives An Insider's Perspective  
         Stems Floral Design

[On Romance]

“First of all, woman likes roses but not necessarily just red roses.  There are hundreds of varieties of roses available and growers are hybridizing new ones every day.  We carry a wide selection of roses in many colors.  For example, in autumn we could do some peaches and oranges, and maybe a splash of lavender thrown in with your bouquet.  It’ll make it lush, beautiful, seasonal, and you’ll be a winner in her eyes.”
[On Anniversaries]

“If I have a 25th anniversary coming up and they ask, ‘what can you do?’  I’ll say, ‘Where did you have your honeymoon?’  If they say Hawaii, I tell them I’ve got a fabulous idea to really have her remember the wonderful moments of your honeymoon.  Also thinking back about the most important day of your life, what were the colors of your wedding flowers, and we’ll put something fabulous together in the old color pallet that your wife chose for the wedding day.  That to me is important to renew those memories as well as having something beautiful to celebrate your anniversary.  One time a gentleman came in with a photocopy of one of his wedding pictures.  We framed it with a little bit of natural lavender and tucked the picture in the middle of the bouquet that we sent out.”
[On Weddings]

“We did a wonderful over the top wedding two weeks ago. The brides theme was ‘1950’s Palm Beach meets Elvis.’ [see below]
[On Sympathy]

 “We do sympathy right.  You have to ask personal questions, such as ‘was your mother a gardener?’  If she was, maybe we could add a fresh pair of gardeners gloves tucked amongst the casket spray or have a Monet type of garden feel to the piece.  If the person was very religious we can add a personal rosary or something that is sentimental that personalizes the work.  Photos are very common, and we like to put floral pieces around the pictures to accent them.”
[On Favorite Flower]

“I love gardenias.  They remind of me when I fell in love with Billie Holiday’s music years ago.  Billie Holiday wore that beautiful cluster of gardenias pulling her hair back.  To me it was the epitome of femininity.   It’s a beautiful pure white feminine flower that smells like heaven.”
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