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New Year, New Diggs!

Written by Teresa Sabankaya

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Posted on January 09 2020

Change brings opportunity

Although I think as humans, it's natural to resist any changes because we're creatures of habit. For the past year or so, I've been feeling cornered and a little bit stifled with my brick and mortar storefront side of business. And since I'm a Leo, I don't like this feeling of being cornered and stifled! And I do love changes as long as they're prompted by me (ha! there's that Leo again). I need space-- room to breath, and especially an anchor in which to feed my creativity through. Things had begun to feel monotonous and not all that rewarding. I began to wonder if I should continue down the brick and mortar road or not, as it wasn't fulfilling me at all, and I suppose I lost my spark there, and needed something new, or better yet, to stretch my creative wings again. Basically, I wanted to get back to the root of things. My lead designer and manager Dawn felt the same way about things, and when you start to think like this....it's time to re-evaluate what you're doing. And that's what we did.

Floral Design Studio for Weddings & Everyday Beauty

Bonny Doon Garden Company is first and foremost a floral design studio. That's where it all began 20+ years ago. In the garden, literally. My studio sits on a hill above my rose garden and tucked underneath a magnificent 200 year old live oak tree. It's completely and utterly inspiring for me and Dawn to dream up new designs and cut material straight from the garden. Our floral designs are garden-inspired, and truly garden to vase style! When you're operating a retail storefront though, sometimes the inspiration fades back and you begin to loose that anchor that feeds your soul. So there we were, ho-humming along and then I learned that my lease was not renewed and we were operating on a month-to-month basis for most of 2019. And that was the sign that I needed to move forward, and the decision was clear, it was time to go back to the studio.

Bonny Doon Garden Company makes a move back into the dreamy mountain studio where it all began 20 years ago

So, here we are! As of Thanksgiving day, we're back in the studio and boy are we loving it! It's a new year, heck, it's a new decade! And since we closed up our retail store, we've been busy reinventing ourselves, or rather looking back inside and drawing out what we really, really are, authentically. We're blessed to have my husband helping us out getting things in top shape as I had left my studio deserted for so many years, it really needed some work. I wanted to share how things are coming along, and what we've been up to up here in the 'doon'.

LOVING THE LIGHT IN THE GARDEN

LOVING THE LIGHT IN THE GARDEN

LOVING OUR PUPS BY THE FIRESIDE!

LOVING OUR PUPS BY THE FIRESIDE!

WE LOVE THE STUDIO LIGHT!

WE LOVE THE STUDIO LIGHT!

AGAIN, LOVING THE NATURAL LIGHT IN OUR STUDIO!

AGAIN, LOVING THE NATURAL LIGHT IN OUR STUDIO!

Tranquil Spaces (smells amazing *CHARMED candles!)

Tranquil Spaces (smells amazing *CHARMED candles!)

What are we up to now? We've curated a beautiful pop-up model--Posy Pop-Ups!  and we're currently installed downtown Santa Cruz at Buttercup Cakes and Farmhouse Frosting.  What a perfect match they are for us.  Cupcakes (and so much more!) and flowers & gifts.  It's a magical so and we are enjoying it so much! We do intend to curate a spectacular Valentine and Mother's Day pop-up here well, so stay tuned!
Flower Delivery in Santa Cruz- we'll never let this go!  We are still delivering beautiful flower arrangements throughout greater Santa Cruz, Aptos, Capitola, Scotts Valley, Boulder Creek, Ben Lomond
Wedding Flowers- of course!  We LOVE wedding flowers!  We are a premier wedding florist throughout Santa Cruz, Carmel, and Bay Area, and even Europe!
As for the future?  Well, like I said in the beginning of this post, change brings a chance for opportunity.  We have our studio door wide open for opportunities!  We're looking forward to hosting workshops here in the studio this year, and of course expanding on our wedding services, and flower deliveries. WE are looking forward to all the year 2020 brings us!  Onward~