Quick. When you hear the word “flower” what’s the first word that comes to mind? Is the word “study”? No? Because that’s what Lily Peterson, the woman behind the floral design studio Flowershop at Mixson, does when she looks at a flower—she studies it and imagines what the life of that flower is going to be.
Lily fell in love with arranging flowers when she worked at a flower shop in New York. Fast forward and she’s working at a winery in California. With a proper English garden, this winery gave Lily the chance to hone in on her love of flowers, daydream about flower arranging, and create the style that she is known for in Charleston today.
When first getting started in Charleston, Lily mostly worked with specific clients to create arrangements for businesses around town, but it wasn’t until Flowershop opened that she was able to offer all different floral services. Yes, she does make bouquets and flower crowns, but Flowershop is also built on the idea of flowers for the everyday—flowers for the sake of having something beautiful in your home.
And beautiful is quite the understatement. Lily goes heavy on the greens to complement special blooms. A lot of her work is topped off with dried flowers and branches, making every bouquet and posey both uncomplicated and stunning at the same time.
And she doesn’t just want to arrange flowers. With her background in wine education, she is excited to take that teaching aspect into her floral business as well, with workshops and classes to teach people how to create beautiful arrangements.
She says, “It’s just like anything, you look at it and think ‘oh I don’t think I can do that so well,’ and I just don’t agree. I feel like everybody can. It’s about having a few basics and then creating something that you love…and I’m creating the things that I really love.”
So forget the singular idea of super structured, packed-full-of-peonies bouquets and study up, because Lily is changing the way people look at flowers.
Words by: Virginia Kerr
Photographer: Olivia Rae James