My Flower Journey
Hi! I am amanda, founder and owner of steadfast florals. I always had a passion for nature specifically, flowers. When I was young, my grandma would take me to gardens and snap photos of me next to what seemed like every flower. I remember assisting my neighbors in their garden (not sure how much I actually helped), but I know my passion for flowers began when I was very young.
During my freshman year in high school, I took an introduction to floral design class. The first day of class, we made ribbon roses and learned how to use floral tape. that day began the adventure of pursing a career in the floriculture and horticulture industries. That first class helped me come out of my comfort zone and led me to explore florist and farm jobs, and continue educating myself in the horticulture industry. after high school, i went on to college for 6 years pursing a business management degree and a bachelor's degree in horticulture. Throughout my years of studying plants, I have to say I have a soft spot for any desert plants (cactus and other succulents) as well as any tropical plants!
After many years of florist and farm jobs, I realized large events and weddings were my favorite to design and that i wanted to be able to work from home. So, here I am creating floral designs in my home studio!
I love custom designing flowers for each client specific to their tastes and seeing smiles on their faces from my creations. I strive to bless others with my passions and talents. I want people to know that I am not just a florist, I am a horticulturist as well and try my very best to know how to care for each and every flower that I put in a clients hand.
My future goals are to have a flower farm so I can grow my own flowers to design with and sell wholesale and retail flowers at farm stands and stores. This year i've been taking the floret flower farm online workshop. floret has been teaching me everything i need to know about growing cut flowers.
most cut flowers that are sold in the United States are imported from other countries. They are not grown sustainably and heavily treated with pesticides that are extremely harmful. instead of using chemical treated flowers, I am in the transition and process of planning and sowing seeds for trialing lots of sustainably grown flowers for Spring/Summer/ Fall of 2020. My favorite plants so far to see in their growing stages are eucalyptus, dusty miller, lavender, Iceland poppies, and larkspur! (It's always so hard to just pick one!)
I am very much looking forward to my new journey. I will go wherever flowers take me and I hope you will tag along with me on this adventure with flowers.