Frequently Asked Questions
Are you really sisters?
We sure are! About 3 years apart, we are 2 out of 3 Colson girls. Dawn, the older and wiser sister lives to keep Mary in line. We apologize in advance for speaking in "sister tongue" during your visits, we are so close that we don't even need to finish sentences. People always ask, "Do you fight?". Nope, not really! We are together every single day and would not have it any other way. We always dreamed about starting our own floral design business, and here we are 8 years later living our dream!
Where do you get your flowers from? Do you grow them?
Our expertise, experience, and contacts in the industry ensure that the flowers for your event are the finest and freshest available. We source flowers from around the world and around the corner at our local farms (and even our own garden!). After we receive these flowers, we then grade them ourselves and if they do not meet our standards for quality, color, size, etc. they are returned and replaced. Mary's home (where our studio is located) has a plethora of lush gardens supplying us almost year round with something inspiring to cut and use in our designs. We feel that this "extra touch" really makes our arrangements stand out. We hope that you can feel the home grown love in them too!
There are a lot of florists to choose from, what makes A Garden Party different?
You are right, there are a lot of talented florists around, many of them are our friends and neighbors. We love anyone that loves flowers! For us flowers should evoke a feeling. We strive to always reflect the season and mood of each and every event in our designs. We want each and every design we create to be unique to YOU. When our customers received flowers from us we live for the joy in their eye.
What other services do you provide?
Over the past few years we have have enthusiastically added to our list of design offerings. We offer event and wedding design, daily designs and deliveries, and sympathy designs. In addition, we offer full event design on weddings, ensuring that every detail of your event is perfection. We also are excited to offer holiday decorating services and recently developed our newest endeavor, A Milkhouse Party. We are true hoarders and are happy to share our collection with you. If you are looking for lanterns, candlesticks, rustic vases, vintage and antique flea market finds....we are your girls! Our rental selection is amazing and ever evolving! Finally, we are proud of the relationships we have developed with fellow vendors and are happy to share our expertise with you. We can coordinate lighting, linens, furniture rental and more. Just ask and we are here to help!