Floral Design Day was established in 1995, in honor of Carl Rittner, the founder of the School of Floral Design in Boston. Rittner is recognized as a visionary in the industry, one of the first in the United States to elevate the discipline of floral design to an art form. And on the day that his legacy is celebrated across the country, we thought that we would introduce you to one of Robertson’s Flowers own design superstars, Nicole.
Nicole was born and raised in Switzerland, where she served her apprenticeship in the floral industry. In Switzerland as with many other European countries, floral designers are highly regarded and require formal, professional training. Is it any wonder we are so happy to have her on our team? Nicole now lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband, son, and daughter.
Nicole began working at Robertson’s Flowers in 2001, and her position has evolved over 16 years. She started as a designer but was soon given the responsibility of purchasing the beautiful flowers Robertson’s is known for. Currently, Nicole works one-on-one with our growers in order to source the best quality blooms, locally and internationally. Nicole’s knowledge and experience allow her to take the lead with the wedding and special event designs which involve detailed custom arranging and flower sourcing.
Nicole shares, “I am partial to a modern style, or asymmetric designs that have a vintage vibe. They give me an opportunity to experiment with different textures and silhouettes. When in need of a little inspiration, I look towards my European home where designers, both floral and otherwise, are often ahead of the trend and offer unique perspectives on design.”
Nicole loves working with interesting and unexpected textures like a pincushion, berries, branches; and fluffy, layered blooms like peonies, garden roses, and ranunculus. A clean color palette of whites and greens is a favorite of Nicole’s, as it can be arranged in various styles and is a classic look year-round. Nicole loves the diverse nature of her job as well. “My job is always creative and ever-changing with the seasons, special events, and holidays.”
Nicole says that working in an open, team environment makes her career fun, and we couldn’t imagine the shop without her. Please join us in celebrating our designer extraordinaire, Nicole – making Philadelphia more beautiful, one bouquet at a time. To speak with Nicole about an upcoming special event, stop into Robertson’s Flowers today.