Becoming a Florist in Portland Oregon
My passion for flowers and floral design started in 2004 when one of my college girlfriends asked me to do her wedding flowers. I was surprised and wondered why she would ask me, since I had no previous floral experience, however, because she was my friend and I knew she was on a budget, I agreed. She gave me a floral design book and assured me that all would be fine.
Thankfully, the floral arrangements turned out gorgeously and my friend was extremely pleased and truth be told, I never even opened the book she gave me!
Over the years, I’ve done floral design primarily for friends and family – weddings, memorials, and special events. My love for flowers has grown immensely since 2004 and so has my knowledge, design, and technique (thanks to the Floral Design Institute of Portland). Floral Sunshine now creates radiant flowers for all occasions, including everyday!
“Floral Sunshine” first began as a home-studio business in 2009, then evolved into a floral design studio in North Portland (in St. John’s near Cathedral Park)… and recently, we moved to NW Portland (behind Montgomery Park) to be more central and better serve our clients. Floral Sunshine doesn’t operate like a typical retail flower shop. (We are by appointment only.) We keep our overhead low by not stocking a lot of perishable goods, saving a lot on waste. For special events and specific orders, we source our favorite wholesale vendors and local growers for the freshest flowers, ordered specifically for each occasion at affordable prices.
Q: Where is your studio located?
Floral Sunshine is located at 2650 NW Wilson St in Portland 97210 in the Old Freeman Factory behind Montgomery Park. We are not your traditional walk-in flower shop, but we serve our clients just like one (besides the walk-in part). Please note that we are by appointment only because we are often out making deliveries or meeting with clients. We love our new workspace that includes a client meeting area, plenty of refrigeration, and storage space. Most of our clients order online or over the phone. For wedding and event consultations, we will meet you at our studio or at a mutual agreed upon location in the metro area.
Q: How does payment work?
For regular everyday floral orders, we accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover over the phone. Online, we accept Visa and Mastercard only. For weddings and events, the first half of the payment is due at the time of booking. This saves your date. The final half is due 3 weeks prior to the event. we accept cash, check, or credit card. For corporate accounts, we can set-up your account for monthly invoicing.
Q: Do you charge for delivery?
Yes. For everyday floral arrangements, delivery prices typically range from $8-15 within the Portland / Vancouver area depending on the distance/traffic situation. Special accommodations may be made for further destinations. Delivery for events are priced differently, as there is usually set-up involved too. Each case is different, so let’s discuss.
Q: Where do your flowers come from? Do you grow them yourself?
Floral Sunshine specializes in the design and arrangement of flowers, foliage, and plants. We do not grow our own flowers. We have fantastic local wholesalers that source the freshest available flowers for us to use in our floral arrangements. We also buy direct from farmers, both locally and regionally. Although we don’t “specialize” in local/sustainable flowers, we absolutely prioritize purchasing organic, local and sustainable flowers whenever possible and practical.
Q: How long have you been in business? What kind of experience do you have?
I’ve been designing floral arrangements for events since 2004. I officially started my business in 2009. I am a very versatile floral designer, and work with all types of clients, budgets, and styles. Please peruse my gallery for examples of my work and check out my online reviews as testimonials.