It is often said we are shaped by our environment. Having been born on the lush and flower-rich Hawaiian island of Oahu, that statement could not be more accurate. From those first breaths of flower-scented air 32 years ago, flowers were in my blood. The path towards realizing and fulfilling my dream of opening my own flower shop was not always straight (or never straight in my case *wink, wink*), but it was always driven by my unwavering passion for flowers and love of the outdoors.
That journey began after graduating from my hometown high school in Mountain Home, Idaho, obtaining my degree at Boise State University, and leaving behind my childhood nickname Billy in the process. The next logical step was a career with Idaho Fish and Game, which spanned 10 years and allowed me to hang out in the great outdoors and kick it with nature. And while I loved that opportunity, I found myself more passionate about the side jobs I took creating beautiful flowers for weddings and events. The flowers were calling and I finally decided to listen.
I worked for a year and a half at a flower shop, honing my skills and developing my talent. Each time I crafted a new arrangement, I saw new beauty. I was moved by not only the pieces I was creating, but the profound affect they seemed to have on the recipients. I knew I had found my life’s calling. Pulling strength and inspiration from the bold, daring nature of the flowers I was working with daily, I took a leap of faith and opened my own flower shop.
While some might question my reason for not heading back to school to obtain a Floral Design degree, I don’t believe flowers can be taught. My shop is my classroom. My designs are my assignments. My heart and passion are my books. Each finished product is made with purpose. I pour my heart and soul into each arrangement I create. A diploma could never prove that.
Flowers speak powerful words when given a voice. I believe I gave them that voice on September 1, 2012 when Flowers at Will opened its doors. That never requires anything other than harnessing their beauty in its simplicity. I don’t dye flowers, manipulate them or force them into contorted shapes. None of those things are needed as they speak of joy, of sorrow, of love, of gratitude. Their aesthetic words are often bold and stunning, or calm and comforting; bright and cheerful, or thoughtful and funny. The range of emotions those flowers invoke are often wide, but similarly powerful. It is with great honor and much excitement that I share that power of flowers with you at my Boise flower shop.