Welcome to Fleuriste, a regular feature that’s an inspiring chat with one of our celebrated global florists. The second in our series is the charming Kelly Dunbar of Botany and Bloom in Vancouver. Her modern bride mannequin won the Fan Favourite Award at our 2018 Metrotown at Metropolis show in Vancouver, and her installations at our Vancouver Noël 2020 show were breathtaking crowd-pleasers.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER YOUR LOVE FOR FLOWERS?
From as long as I can recall, I have loved flowers! I had a daisy tattooed on me the day I turned 16. After starting a career in event design, I immediately realized my only desire was to work with flowers. I'm a bit of a late bloomer to the world of floral design but passionate to spend the rest of my life pursuing my dream.
IF YOU WERE A FLOWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I would have to go with a tulip - pretty reserved and discreet but bound to find some obscure direction to open up in.
WHAT IS THE MOST MEANINGFUL ARRANGEMENT YOU HAVE CREATED?
So much emotion goes into design, especially with florals, and the occasions they are created for. The most meaningful was a request by a groom to have his wedding floral order revamped to honour the passing of his fiancé. She loved wildflowers so we incorporated her favourite stems - Sunflowers, Rudbeckia and Lavender - into the arrangement.
WHAT IS YOUR TOP FLORAL TIP FOR OUR FLEURS DE VILLES GUESTS?
Enjoy the art and each designer's expression of their work. Creating with flowers is magical but it has its limitations and challenges. Each flower, leaf or petal has been carefully chosen for its unique elements.