She is Andrea Glass, owner/operator and key designer of Boston’s Floral Couture in Louisville. To categorize Boston’s as simply a florist might leave you with the impression that her store on East Broadway is filled with stale bouquets and carnation fillers, when in reality Boston’s Floral Couture is more like a creative floral marketplace. Its walls contain customized linen textiles, handcrafted jewelry, impressive photography and an abundance of visual stimulants.
“I want to be surrounded by beautiful things,” Glass said as she observed her shop.
She creates her visions in her Old Louisville studio, a more chaotic environment where the walls are quite accustomed to her uninhibited, four-letter, Bostonian vocabulary – only one of the many layers behind Glass’s engaging blue eyes.
The work of Boston’s can take any form – the only consistency being the impeccable taste associated with each “product.” Glass’ specialties range from Indian wedding ceremonies where the bride is adorned with ornate floral jewelry, to last-minute arrangements for the city’s elite.
This season, she is particularly excited to properly launch the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program she tested last year. Louisvillians are actively evaluating their footprint, energizing the farm-to-table movement and recognizing their role in the free market. And so, Glass has begun an urban garden initiative. She is hopeful her first “hidden gem” will be a step toward creating an environment reminiscent of the city gardens in Boston. Investing in a community is, after all, the best way to give back to it.
The program offers four “shares,” or options for contribution. The first two are the Full and Half Shares – these hand-tied, fresh cut bouquets of flowers and foliage are arranged for the client’s pre-chosen vessel weekly or bi-weekly (depending on the share) for a 10-week span.
In the more consistent months of May through November, these bouquets are grown locally, and without synthetic pesticides, on Boston’s Brook Urban Farm in Old Louisville. December through April, however, as the weather becomes a daily uncertainty, cut flowers travel from Latin America and Africa via fair trade practices.
Boston’s also prepares the Spring Cutting Flower Share and the Spring Herb and Heirloom Veggie Share when the temperatures stabilize near late March. These shares are started from seed in greenhouses and are ideal for creating or expanding home gardens – each consisting of 15 potted starters.
Glass may not be a native to the Bluegrass, but she is more than welcome to make herself at home here. With a hand from Mother Nature, she may even spruce the place up a bit. Wait – who are we kidding? This woman can create anything. Give her the soil, and the garden will grow.