About Ashley Greer

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

 

As a native Washingtonian, my life in flowers began in the gardens and woodlands of my childhood.

As a teenager, I took my first job as a young apprentice at Chevy Chase Florist. Following stops in Provence and Firenze, I landed in California as an undergraduate student but flowers remained a constant in my life.

In 2006, I returned to my hometown and to a full-time designer position at a hot new flower shop. Over the next 10 years, I designed for some of Washington’s most exclusive private residences, hotels and wedding venues - all the while honing my craft and reaching for new experiences.

As my expertise, ideas, and vision continued to grow, it soon became clear that the time had come for me to create a new kind of floral experience. One based on creativity, innovation, customer service, philanthropy, integrity, and, of course, fun.

I couldn’t do it without these guys! Will Willis and Finnley Joon in 2017

I couldn’t do it without these guys! Will Willis and Finnley Joon in 2017

The Atelier Ashley Difference

I am an artisan florist focused on combining unique floral varieties with complex color combinations for exquisite and abundant arrangements.  If flowers are important and special to you, I promise to make your wedding, baby shower, corporate or philanthropic event, artistic and memorable.

For me, flowers are not just decor; they are a declaration of intent. Their purpose is to send a message that will be noticed and discussed by your guests.

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.  I do, however, have an amazing list of partner vendors who I am eager to share. I believe originality comes from specialization - where each collaborator is at the top of their field and can express their own individuality.

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 into a real friendship.

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.    

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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, constantly striving to improve and innovate a floral craft.

In the summer of 2018, Atelier Ashley Flowers found an actual atelier! Photo by  Jacqui DePas

In the summer of 2018, Atelier Ashley Flowers found an actual atelier! Photo by Jacqui DePas


A 19th century carriage house in Old Town, slowly coming back to life. Photo by  Jacqui DePas

A 19th century carriage house in Old Town, slowly coming back to life. Photo by Jacqui DePas

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.


Additional Photo Credits : Top block 4 photos with Finnley: Emily Alyssa Photography