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About Ashley Greer

More is more, but let's keep this simple.

As a native Washingtonian, my life in flowers began as a young florist’s helper at Chevy Chase Florist.  School took me to California and beyond but flowers remained a constant in my life.

Eventually, I returned to my hometown and to the flower shop.

For more than 10 years, I designed for some of Washington’s top florists and honed my craft. As my experience and ideas grew, I decided it was time to venture out on my own and create a new kind of floral experience.

It was a new year, January 2017; I was a new mom; and I knew the time was right for me.


I am an artisan florist focused on creating the most beautiful floral compositions you have ever seen.  If flowers are important and special to you, I promise to make your wedding, baby shower, corporate or philanthropic event, artistic and memorable.

By nature, my favorite venues are those that are historically significant, elegant and ornate.  I’ve worked at the White House, in the halls of Congress, and most of the clubs and hotels in the region.  In other words, I’ll take Washington’s crown molding over a raw blank space any day!

I am not an event production company and can’t provide a one-stop, online shop for all your event needs.  But if you’re willing to spend a little extra time working directly with me, I can design flowers that will make a big difference in your end result.

When I started Atelier Ashley Flowers, my intention was to create an experience based on human relationships and trust.  I work hard to get to know my clients, their goals and personality. Success for me is a relationship that continues after the conclusion of your event.

So let’s get started.  If you're interested in seeing my recent work, check out my blog.  If you want to learn behind the scenes techniques and tips, follow my Instagram stories.  You’ll also get a chance to “meet” me and see my everyday life in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.    


Atelier

Ah - till - eee - Yay!

Atelier is so hard to say! And it is so hard to spell.  Why on earth would someone like me (the worst speller EVER!) choose such a name?

Atelier means studio or craftsman's workshop. Think of the old world artisan who spent her entire life mastering just one craft in a little shop on a side street.  I may not have approached master status yet, but my core values align with those of a master - constantly striving to improve and innovate my floral craft.


Ashley's Floral Timeline

2011-2017

  • Freelanced at The White House for former Chief Floral Designer, Laura Dowling and had the pleasure of seeing my designs placed in all of the state rooms, including the Oval Office.

  • Studied German style design with Gregor Lersch and Parisian style with Catherine Muller in Paris.

  • Attained Certified Floral Designer (CFD) status.  Became inspired by Hitomi Gilliam and enlightened to the magical possibilities of flowers!

  • Joined Dowling’s 2016 team at Floraliën, an internationally renowned horticultural festival in Ghent, Belgium.  Worked on her floral installation for the festival which was later featured in her book, Floral Diplomacy at The White House.

  • Flourished as a Designer for The Enchanted Florist located in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Became part of a floral family. Traveled for my first solo destination wedding in France.

  • Visited the flower capital of the world in Aalsmeer, Netherlands in 2016.

  • Had a baby, Finnley.

  • Presented with Dowling at The Philadelphia Flower Show’s Designer Studio in 2017.

  • Dreamt of creating my own vision for wedding florals.


2006-2011

  • Earned my first serious designer position at Helen Olivia in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Trained under the watchful eyes of Mariane Raub and Antje Wood.

  • Completed my first solo wedding.

  • Designed for The Vice President's Residence, The Speaker of the House, and The State Department.    

  • Met my future husband, Will Willis.  Got married.


Education

  • Attended Holton-Arms School for Girls in Bethesda, Maryland.  Wondered why Bearded Iris and Azaleas die so quickly?

  • Studied at Pomona College in Claremont, California.  Wandered through the organic garden. Cut Roses and Freesia from the Scripps. Picked citrus from the Pitzer Orchards.

  • Worked as a student part-time at Wisteria Grove, an English garden shop in Claremont.

  • Graduated.  But apparently didn’t study as much as I should have.


Early Days

  • Spent endless hours outside dreaming, cutting the mailbox pansies, imagining, getting sunburned. Helped my Father in the garden. Treasured my Grandmother’s tinfoil Garden Rose bouquets.

  • Got my first job as a whistle carrying lifeguard.  Later, as a florist's helper at Chevy Chase Florist.


Questions? Call/Text : 301-648-8181 or Write: atelierashleyflowers@gmail.com