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Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Influence of Jane Packer

I make it a point to check in with Chelsea Fuss's blog Frolic on a regular basis. I love that it's straight from Portland and as soon as I figure out how to add it to my blogroll I will be doing just that and with a glowing tribute to just how genius I think she is.....But in the meantime I wanted to direct you to her blog because this is where I learned of the recent death of Jane Packer, an icon of floral design.  Click here to read Chelsea's very moving tribute to the difference one person can make in the world. 
And I feel compelled to add my voice to the many who have been deeply influenced by Ms Packer.  She was 52 (a year younger than me) when she died from complications from a stroke.  She married a deep love for flowers themselves and a british floral sensibility with a fashion forward sense of style and design.  Her shop (inside the first Terence Conran shop in NYC in the days before the high line) was where I first saw someone wrap the stems of an orchid with moss.....just sayin that was a long time ago and it has now become such a standard part of our repertoire at Passionflower (photo above) I can almost forget it 's origins.  But I remember that moment....I also remember she was using strips of black suede leather and pink crushed rock to dress up some other orchids (ha!).  Besides being a gifted designer, Jane Packer was also a teacher and an author who shared generously and gave to florists the world over.  Thank you Ms. Packer.  I shall be rereading your books and thinking of you every time I tie up an orchid with a sprig of moss.

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