YES, I’m a city girl! When you visit my store it is hard to imagine with all of the treasures you will find. Saying that, I grew up in a house with brothers and sisters (I am the youngest) and my parents were married in 1955 which has led to the love of all things worn, tattered and vintage. There are comforts in those. You see, with so many mouths to feed we didn’t throw things out but re-purposed them. My Mother was a fantastic sewer and doer of all things hand made. I believe that is where I got my talent and passion. Schooling in accounting for many years, I made my way to a bigger city and worked as a Financial Analyst. After 10 years or so it was time to bring my little family closer to home and ensure that I could instill a little of that passion in them that was instilled in me.
Magnolia came out of nowhere. It literally blindsided me. What started with a necessity in our little town to save some much needed jobs has turned into my third child, baby really, 12 years old now. I have come to learn that I love people, love being here for my community and love flowers. I love creating and the process, most of all I am humbled to share that passion and excitement with you.
Ever since I was little I loved creating with nature so it was only natural for me to become part of the floral industry growing up. I have been in the industry from the wholesale aspect to designing for large corporations to owning my own shop. With my husband, we moved to Gananoque. I was excited to find Magnolia which shared the same loves I have – whimsical garden designing, passion for nostalgia of old items, and quirky creative ways to put them together. I love working with these girls. They are creative and fun loving.
Growing up I always had a passion for flowers, design and country living. I live on a farm with my husband and three small children raising heritage beef, chickens and horses. I love designing and flowers. I have many years experience working in floral design, flower shops and owning my own flower shop. I love our little community and love raising my children here!