I got my official start in flowers on a small farm in the mountains of Vermont in 2002. It was there in the impossibly green fields surrounded by Maple trees that I first experienced the candy-scent of sweet peas and the delightful faces of salpiglossis. I was hooked– but nothing could have prepared me for the flower adventure that was in store for me!
People often say, “Do what you love.” I took that sentiment and made a business & a lifestyle out of it. Petals, ink. launched in 2009 as a way to incorporate all my passions– flowers and plants, design, photography, and writing. It has since grown and evolved over the past seven years into a bustling, artistic enterprise recognized in the wedding industry as a provider of fabulously unique florals, and dreamy customer service. In recent years we’ve been carving out a name for ourselves as dynamic flower growers, offering sustainably grown and unusual flower varieties to our lucky clients. In June of 2015 our dream of expanding that endeavor serendipitously came about with the purchase of a 7 acre parcel of Texas Backland Prairie we named Grassdale.
All in all, we are a quaint small business comprised of a handful of hardworking and talented women who adore all things flowers!
Lennie King is our Admin Extraordinaire. Having owned a cupcake bakery in Atlanta and managed a local bakery here in Austin, she knows how important your big day is. She takes care of all the little details so you can sit back and relax on your wedding day! She keeps all of us at the studio organized, manages special projects and is the master of all the back-end parts of running a small business.
Emily Eargle is our studio manager. With a background in non-profit work, a love of flowers and organization, Emily joined us in the Fall of 2016 and has been running the show at the studio. She has her hands in all aspects of making an event happen from prepping glassware, to making gorgeous boutonnières, to delivering and setting up the event.
Lyda Cherie is our Farm manager. With a background in landscape design, and a vast knowledge of native plants, as well as the ability to throw a fifty pound bag of compost over her shoulder like a pillow, Lyda tackles day to day harvesting, planting, greenhouse management and flower farm marketing.
My eleven year old daughter, Aiwyn, never met a tulip she didn’t like. She can sometimes be convinced to help in the gardens and with deliveries, but her love of singing and dancing takes up most of her time…..