Tucked into a sunny corner of the gourmet grocery store McEwan, this floral boutique feels like an oasis. A full service floral shop, it presents rows of fresh-cut flowers that can be arranged upon request, from small hand-ties to wedding arrangements, even ready-made bouquets for shoppers on the go.
What makes this floral shoppe work is the team of florists behind its artful creations, an eclectic mix comprised of a mother of two, a former tree farmer, and an art teacher.
“We are from different walks of life and bring our own unique touch to our work,” says Dianne Shawcross, the youngest of the crew. She came to McEwan Floral after completing an undergraduate degree in fine art at the University of Toronto and graduating from teachers’ college. Dianne’s arrangements showcase her love of old fashioned garden roses and mimic the charm of a Dutch baroque painting. Flowers loosely arranged in antique glass vessels are this florist’s specialty.
Praveen Johnson’s knowledge of plants and flowers comes from his experience as a tree farmer, who has grown some of the black spruce trees that dot our Ontario landscape. Travelling the world, Praveen has explored various climates and environments, and these travels have led him to have a deep fascination with nature. His floral and terrarium creations always feature something exotic and unexpected.
The heart of the whole operation is Rachel Sherlock, a former stay at home mom who started out arranging wedding flowers from her kitchen. Rachel’s passion for her work as a florist lies in the joy she knows a beautiful flower arrangement can bring. “I just want to make people happy,” she says as she arranges a piece for the lobby of the Hazelton Hotel and confirms a shipment of flowers for the coming week. Her ability to multi task, problem solve, and complete any task with elegance can only come from her skill and experience as a mother, and is complemented by her years of experience creating pieces for the weddings of friends and relatives.
This team comes together like all the ingredients of a signature Chef Mark McEwan dish – fresh and unique with a taste that will have you coming back for more.