Good Thursday morning and thank you for coming to my blog.

Today I wanted to tell you some things about KRISanthemums that you might not know.

blog post 1. The name:  my son-in-law, Matt came up with the name KRISanthemums and at the time I wasn’t too sure. If my name was in the business title, I couldn’t really hide and so it was a leap for me to do this. To see KRISanthemums on everything printed took awhile to get used to, but I know it was the right move.

2. The first wedding bouquet made by me, was 18 years ago.

3. When I was asked to make another bouquet, I realized that I wanted to do this as a business. This meant licenses, permits, insurance, bonds, etc. and all the big stuff to run business. As the business increased and I needed more …I worked hard to pay for that as I needed it. Not overextending myself or having loans in the back of my mind was something that I chose as a business plan.

4. I had always loved flowers, loved the gardens but I knew what that meant …for me to grow I  would have to continue to educated myself and learn. Happily, I can say for the last 17 years I have done that each year( although the expense of that is crazy). Taking hands on classes, certified classes, seminars and other opportunities to learn has kept me excited about what I do.

5. At first I started out just doing a few events, out of the garage. I got a small flower cooler and then we built in the gardens a small area for me to use for flowers and for brides to use when we had events. This meant that before each event I had to move and put away/clean up things each time. After a few years of that, one day I looked at out two car garage and said its full of stuff…that is when the studio became the place it is today. It was with the help of others that the studio became a reality and I appreciate all of them who helped me in that journey of getting it built. You know who you are!

6. Having a dedicated space to work in is the best thing ever and having it as a home studio is a true blessing.  Starting laundry or moving water in the gardens can happen anytime and I have the flexibility to do that! Separating work space from home space is a bit harder though with the studio being within the 5 acres of gardens. For me it is a positive and a balancing act  I walk every day.

7. It’s usually just me in the studio and with some things I call in my husband to carry, lift, climb, critique or harvest from the gardens or greenhouse. Doug challenges me to be better each day in the studio.

8.  I’m a list person, checking off a list or completing a task is how I run.  When I’m in the middle of a project that’s pretty much my focus and everything else disappears. At times it is hard to shut down that drive and just relax, but that is a work in progress.

9. As the business grew( other than just wedding flowers)  and demands for other types  flower designs started coming in I adapted. Today I deliver locally and focus on seasonal flowers and designs that are original to each order. When people place an order, I look at it this way: they found me, wanted my unusual style and I am extremely happy with that.

10. Providing my clients with a unique design and great customer service is something I try very hard at every day. That is the reason it is just me in the studio and I haven’t expanded further. Not having a retail storefront or being a part of a national delivery service is what I’ve been told over the years should be my next step…but for me bigger isn’t better. I want to meet, greet and be able to offer a fabulous product to clients. It’s the interaction and the connection with each person that  is the joy of my business.

So that’s 10 things about me and KRISanthemums.

I hope you enjoyed it !

P.S. I love tulips, it’s spring, send tulips to brighten the day…

(photo above by the Sweet Life Photography)


Tulips and Spring

I love tulips, any color, any variety and anytime. With spring weather , being kept home and the Easter holiday for some, it is the perfect time for spring tulips for your table.

Tulips and ranunculus are spring flowers! Add in some olive branches and flowering quince branches both from the gardens,  this design is one of a kind.

Order here through the web page, email, text or call( 541/571-2172) to order your centerpiece to  brighten your table and your day.

Flowers are our constant friends…porch delivery

“In joy or sadness flowers are our constant friends,” Kakuzo Okakura.
How true! Loved when I found this and wanted to share it with all of you.
send flowers

Here’s is how KRISanthemums is safe in the studio and safe delivering locally.
It’s just me in the studio and I am open by appointment only. I have all the cleaning supplies( soap, bleach, wipes, gloves etc.) and use them regularly. My flowers are coming directly from local growers so you and I are supporting the growers themselves. I have never been a fan of plastic containers, so you won’t find KRISanthemums designs in anything but glass, ceramic or metal. When I deliver flowers locally I have disinfecting wipes in the car for the door handles, steering wheel and all the surfaces I touch( with gloves). When the order is placed I ask for a phone number to either call or text that I am coming with flowers. I will leave them on your porch and step away before you come out. If I have to knock or ring the bell(with gloves on) the flowers will be placed on the porch and I will step over 6 feet away.

Let’s all do our part to keep safe and yet send joy to those we can’t be with.

Flowers and perfection…

I started looking at head shots of flower professionals and their advice on having a ‘perfect’ image to portray on a web page or social media. I started looking through my photos and never did find the ‘perfect one’ like I see others have. So, with that type of thinking I came to the conclusion that isn’t me and I’m ok with that. The photos of me are working, sharing flowers and trying to make a difference through flowers. Sometimes we think ‘perfect’ is the normal and it isn’t. Flowers aren’t perfect, they grow and are a product of their environment…weather, bugs, water or lack of. Embracing that uniqueness in each one is where I’m at. Working with the shape or growth of each bloom and respecting that is me. That also means that my style or ‘not perfect’ look isn’t for everyone and that is good. For those that it is … a fabulous relationship and connection with flowers for a lifetime happens. Embrace yourself!


This was a great connection with another person who is trying to make a difference in her own way. When I critique myself I see wrinkles, but really experience that got me to where I am today.
about me, photos
With a different hairstyle for the critique, it was in a magazine, it’s taken in my happy place and the day was so fun!
Talking about flowers with brides to be and helping them navigate the planning ahead is always a fun part of my flower life.
Education is important in my small business and this reminds me of a great educational opportunity.

Experience with flowers makes a difference

It’s time to book your flower professional for 2020 weddings. You need to feel comfortable and confident in selecting any vendor for such an important day in your lives. Looking at their web page, instagram and Pinterest pages will give you information about them.

bridal bouquet
Bridget Burton Photography

Why should you work with me?
The KRISanthemums brand is one of honesty and integrity. I will listen, be honest with you about flowers, colors and budgets. As an experienced small business owner I take my love of flowers with a bit of beauty and a bit of serious. It’s a big day full of joy, happiness and emotions. Building a relationship with you though flowers can make the entire day express your style and vision. Each couple are unique and I love that about wedding flowers. Challenge me with your colors, style and what you’d like. Let’s come up with new ideas or classic styles with a twist. If you love flowers like I do we will be a perfect fit to work together.
Fill out the inquiry form on the web page and let’s get started.
I’m excited two work with you!

Off for family and flower trip

Our family( kids, grandkids, relatives) are all off for our family get away. Every 3-4 years we all get away together and just enjoy for a few days. It takes a few years to save and plan for this kind of trip and by the time it comes we are all really, really ready to be together. I am always so happy we still continue to make this trip happen, with our busy lives and the expense. get away trip

Getting away doesn’t mean you can’t reach me( yes I paid for internet while I’m gone) so text or email me and I will reply. I’ll be sharing photos of flowers and family so enjoy the photos and make sure to know that I am ready to talk flowers when we return.
Away we go…

Starting 2020

The first flower bouquets for 2020 left the studio Jan.4 and in those bouquets I used David Austin garden roses with a few pine cones and magnolia leaves from the gardens. Wrapping the bouquet with lace and ribbon from the bride’s mom’s dress was the unique and emotional touch.

white bridal bouquet
photo by the Sweet Life Photography

The 2019 photo book is in the mail and I can’t wait for it to arrive! When it comes and I look back on the flowers from 2019 I think to what worked well, what I want to change and how I can better work with the 2020 brides.
You can see this photo book January 10, 2020 at the Kennewick Red Lion Hotel for the
WGW Bridal Show. Great place for you to get started planning.
Questions, e-mails and inquiry forms are coming from those who are planning a 2020 wedding! It’s a busy and really fun time for me to hear all the ideas that bride’s have and how I can help with flowers to make their dreams come true.
If you are a 2020 bride and want to start talking flowers…
1. Fill out the inquiry form on the web page/
2. I’ll try to respond within 48 hours to your email.
3. With your ideas on the form I’ll set up a phone consultation where we can share
more specifics with each other and possibly set up an in person consultation if
that works for you.( I’ve done lots of wedding flowers just through phone and email
communication and not meeting a bride till the wedding day!)
4. Know what your flower budget is
5. If we decide to work together, fill out the flower design contract and you are on my
calendar for your wedding in 2020!
Each bride is important to me.
Talking flowers with you is exciting.
I will do my best to help you make educated flower decisions.

Looking forward to 2020 brides and beautiful flowers.

Through flowers …

It’s been awhile and adding a completely new computer to the mix has been a floral challenge.When you get out of the routine of blog posts you don’t think there is anything to tell. The top 9 photos in instagram started me thinking about what you like to see from me.If you’d like to see them/ @kriskrisanthemums.
December the studio designed bouquets for the final three weddings of the year, three design classes, designing a tree for the Festival of Trees and
decorating store fronts. community
Holiday garlands
holiday decor
bridal bouquet
bridal bouquet
bridal bouquet

Educating myself each year with classes, seminars and the such is always a high priority. This educational opportunity tops every other I have taken in over 18 years of flower education.
flower education

Joseph Massie taught a class of 15 flower/farmer professionals for two days in Ann Arbor, Michigan ( I got to see the grandkids). It was intense, challenging, educational and fun/fabulous to meet others who value what they love to do every day. Jospeh was entertaining and real. With 5 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medals, his art speaks for itself. Designing Consciously: The Design Scheme/The Golden Ratio were game changing for me and my studio. Thank you Tobey Nelson and Sue McLeary for bringing this to us.

Daily Flower Business…

fall blooms

Coffee in hand, into the studio I go.

It’s time to make sure the daily deliveries are ready, organized.

Taking incoming orders and answering questions.

Thinking ahead to scheduling, orders, emails, text messages or direct messages.

Some days it just doesn’t go as planned.

That’s when I go out the other studio door,  into the gardens and just walk.

Bugs and I look at new colors, changes in growth  and how the seasons show up in the gardens .

I look at her gray muzzle, her clouded eyes and think I won’t be able to do this forever…

That brings tears to my eyes.

What get’s me out of that sad place…

…the next change I see in the gardens and who I’m going to deliver to.

The reasons for the  delivery.

The WHY …

…how my flower designs can connect each of us .

Together is a good place to be.

fall bouquet




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