Palisade florist blooms in time for summer

By LILY TINOCO | Journalist

Marquez Knolls resident Nicole Burgess said she was delighted to offer arrangements to locals and beyond at her bespoke design studio, LA Native Florals, located at 871 Via De La Paz.

Born and raised in Pacific Palisades, Burgess ventured to the East Coast before becoming a florist. She graduated in fashion from the Parsons School of Design and explored different areas of fashion for years before making floral design a career rather than a hobby.

Due to her affiliation with fashion, as well as her network of publicists and event planners, she started out as an event florist, pivoting her business during the COVID-19 pandemic. She officially opened LA Native Florals in February and has since expanded to offer non-contact deliveries and consultations.

“I started doing deliveries because people were at home and always wanted pretty flowers but didn’t go out to get them and to brighten people’s days,” Burgess told the Palisade post. “But I realized I couldn’t continue to base this from home because I didn’t have the space and the ability to grow if I didn’t have a location.”

Of her arrangements, Burgess said she incorporated elements of her fashion background into her designs.

“In terms of color theory and proportion, this definitely applies to flower design and floral arrangement, because it’s a composition of every arrangement and bouquet,” Burgess explained. “I consider myself to be a creative person… I want to push that and do something different and not super traditional… I think that plays into how my arrangements can differ from someone else’s.”

She described her arrangements as having an organic garden style with a little edge: “There is always an element of surprise.

Burgess said she sources the flowers both locally and from different parts of the world, including Holland, Denmark and Ecuador. In early summer, she was about to say goodbye to sweet peas and lilac to make way for seasonal favorites like peonies, dahlias, tulips and the cosmos.

LA Native Florals offers flowers for weddings, birthdays, bespoke events, installations, deliveries and its monthly subscription service where a fresh seasonal bouquet is delivered every four weeks.

Burgess said community members are welcome to come pick up flowers, but she hopes to switch in the next few months to a retail store that offers ceramics from local ceramicists, personalized greeting cards and other freebies to go with it. an arrangement or a bouquet.

She also shared that she hopes to coordinate a few workshops this summer where individuals can join her in creating a wreath or arranging a flower arrangement together. She said she intended to donate one every month.

Regarding his work at Pacific Palisades, Burgess said it was nothing less than a dream come true.

“Being able to have a store in the community that I grew up in, and that I love and am so proud of is really exciting and makes me really fulfilled and happy,” she shared with the To post. “I am delighted to be able to offer my services to everyone local and to meet more members of the community that I might not have known otherwise.”

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