by Rowena Johnson

The word “mother” makes me think of Mother Nature and how all mothers are connected, although we all have our own stories. Flowers emulate life — a seed is planted, it’s nurtured, grows, blooms and reseeds so life goes on. My arrangement is natural and garden looking with a tree of life in the center. The life tree celebrates motherhood. With the help of our customers, we received photos of mothers with their children. I shaped them into leaves for the tree of life.

mother nature

Flowers and materials featured: Corkscrew willow, gerber daisies, Atlantis white daisies, dianthus, delphinium, Star of Bethlehem, hydrangea, stock, campanula, thistle, polka dot plants, pencil cactus, radishes, broccoli, permanent mushrooms, distressed wood, two clay pots, sheet moss, arrowhead leaves, Roosevelt Fern, squirrel tail sprengeri, salal, baker fern, variegated pittosporum and a saucer

About the Florist: Rowena Johnson

Ro is lead designer of Rochette’s Florist in Farmville, Va. Her floral design career was inspired while living on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The high school was having its prom and had no florist on base. With no experience, she began creating flowers, realizing and nurturing her floral skills. Upon return to the U.S., she began taking classes at Virginia Beach Vo Tech and gaining experience working with local florists. Her 30 plus year career has included work for Bob Timberlake, Inc., Sandals Resorts and Mays Wholesale to name a few. Designing on a competitive level is new for Ro and she already has a few awards with the Virginia Professional Florist Association.