Semia Dunne is a local creative entrepreneur in Providence, Rhode Island. Just a short drive away from our studio, I discovered her work on Instagram a few months ago and was instantly intrigued by her new business, The Floral Reserve. An incredibly talented, self-taught florist and flower farmer, Semia opened The Floral Reserve as her second, sister business to Flowers by Semia. The space is a wholesale and retail floral market and work shop, where you can find exotic blooms flown in from all over the globe, alongside an array of impeccable, locally grown flowers from around New England.
I have always loved flowers (don't we all?) but over the last few years, I have started to really, like really love flowers. Perhaps it's me getting older... maybe it's living in New England, where more than half the year it's freezing and the land is barren. Once the weather warms up, it's ON. I'm giddy over the emergence of the spherical buds of my neighbor's Peonies... I get completely lost in the field of Dahlia's down the road from my house in the Fall... hell, I can get carried away at the local Whole Foods flower section, despite the infamous Whole Foods commotion around me. As a budding flower enthusiast (pun intended), I find myself seeking out unusual specimens. Other than the Saturday Farmer's Market, which is seasonal, the options are often lacking in the tiny state of Rhode Island. Don't get me wrong, Hydrangeas and Roses are very lovely, but I want something curious that I've never seen before. Blooms that make me gasp and feel a child-like sense of awe when I lay eyes on them. I need my flower fix, ok? Semia, an extremely talented florist and grower herself, knew of this same issue and decided to do something about it.
Another thing I adore about Semia is her commitment to supporting the local community. As a small business utilizing and supporting other local purveyors and artisans in the state of Rhode Island, we live and breathe the same ethos.
Read on to learn a little more about Semia and her business, and when you find yourself in Providence, do yourself a favor and slate some time on a Saturday morning to grab your coffee and pop-in to The Floral Reserve for some serious indulgence... if you not currently completely obsessed with flowers and the marvel of nature, you will be.
LH: Why is supporting the local community important to you?
LH: Favorite flower?
LH: What do you do to get out of a creative slump?
LH: Do you prefer classic neutrals or bold color?
LH: Favorite beauty product you can't live without?
LH: I love that you operate out of an old mill just like us. Why do you like working in a mill space?
LH: Favorite artist?
LH: Where's your favorite source for pretty vases?