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Designing Opportunity- Pop Ups and New Partnerships

 

Pop Up Shops are supposed to be spontaneous and opportunistic. They are also a creative response to the commercial real estate squeeze in urban centres and a low(er) risk way to test out ideas and new markets. Our collaborative Winter Market with Studio Full Bloom is a true expression of the Pop Up ethos. We had 48 hours to sign the papers, get keys, and set up! 

We are thrilled to announce that we'll be at 348 Water Street in Gastown, Mon-Sun (11-7pm) for the remainder of December 2016. 

Please come for a Visit.

 

This collaborative Pop Up is the first expression of a very exciting new partnership between Olla Urban Flower Project and Studio Full Bloom. In the new year, we are teaming up to improve the breadth of services we can offer you. Studio Full Bloom has a full-service plant and flower studio open 7 days a week (831 Commercial Drive) and is committed to ethically-sourced cut flowers just as we are. Both businesses are stacked with designers who appreciate the wilder, imperfect aspects of designing with nature and who make really high quality, unique pieces. We are all very excited about this partnership and will be bringing you more info in the weeks to come.

Onward, towards the light, possibility and struggle of a New Year. We hope you are all surrounded by friends and family for this holiday season. 

Take care of one another,

Megan

 

Mother's Day 2016 Pop Up Shop @ EQ3

 
POP UP SHOP @ EQ3
2536 Granville Street
Saturday, May 7th (10am-6pm)
Sunday, May 8th (11am-6pm)
 
 

We are thrilled to announce a new collaboration and Pop Up Shop with EQ3! We always perform our pop up shops with companies that share our values and that are committed to local and ethical sourcing- EQ3 is no different. Their dedication to manufacturing all of their upholstery pieces in their Winnipeg facilities is truly inspiring. 

We will be setting up shop amongst their gorgeous furniture this Mother's Day weekend. Please drop by to grab one of our ethical cut flower bouquets, a bodacious tillandsia xerographica (large airplants), or a potted orchid. You can also place an order online for pick up at the POP UP SHOP or have it delivered anytime Friday through Sunday.

 

 

Olla in February

Olla in February

 

February is, of course, a very big month in floristry. Valentine's Day requires extra staff, copious amounts of planning and thousands of stems of the most beautiul local, urban and Fairtrade certified flowers to pull it off. This year, we have a few exciting partnerships to tell you about.

Valentine's Week Pop Up Shop @ Nicole Bridger

14 Water Street

 

We will be setting up shop for the week at Nicole Bridger's spacious Gastown boutique. Come in to place an order for pick up or delivery OR just grab a pre-made bouquet or a one-of-a-kind terrarium. 

Monday-Friday, 11am-7pm

Saturday, 10am-6pm

Sunday, 11am-6pm

Pre-made Bouquets @ East Van Roasters

319 Carrall Street

 

Come grab a pre-made bouquet or small terrarium from East Van Roasters. We will have some of our wares set up there Thursday Feb.11th- Saturday Feb.13th.

 

Olla Urban Flower Project @ BC Home And Garden Show

Feb. 17-21

 

We are very excited indeed to be hosting a pop up shop at this year's BC Home and Garden Show. We will be set up at the entrance to the show and will be providing custom floral services, beautiful houseplants, and a DIY airplant terrarium station. For more info, please visit www.bchomeandgardenshow.com

Olla in December: A Winter Market

Olla in December. A Winter Market.

We have missed you. So we’re setting up shop for
the month of December.  
 
Wreaths. Garlands. Ethical Flowers. Terrariums. Air Plants.
 
WED-SUN
11-7PM2 EAST HASTINGS
(AT CARRALL)
A partnership with East Van Roasters 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We're so excited to design for you all and hope that you will visit us to experience WreatherMadness or to order some custom flower arrangements for the season. Our first day in the space is December 2nd and we run until December 24th. 

 

Olla Urban Flower Project is Evolving

Your last chance to visit Olla Urban Flower Project’s Gastown studio before they move exclusively online.

 

Change is good. And we want you to come celebrate the successes of 5 years of service in Gastown before we launch into an exciting new chapter of service and design.

Fear not, our commitment to designing gorgeous, ethically grown cut flowers and plants and delivering them to you and your loved ones will continue. Indeed, this evolution will allow us to improve and to expand what we design for you and how we share it with you.

To celebrate all of our amazing supporters, we are planning a number of special events and sales. We would love for you to come hang in the space before we move on.

·        $5 Bouquets: Come grab a $5 bouquet, June 2-5th, 2015. Limited quantities each day.

·        Big Time Sale: Come get yourself a deal. June 9-13th, 2015.

·        Speed Terrarium Workshops: Bring your own glass containers and join in on an action packed 30 min workshop, $10/person. Monday , June 15th at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm (first come, first come/max 12 people per     session)

 

If you can’t swing by before June 16th, we look forward to continuing to design for you. Any future orders and inquiries about weddings or event work can be placed by:

             ·        Online, www.ollaflowers.com

             ·         By phone, 604-609-OLLA

             ·        By email, info@ollaflowers.com

Custom Boutonnieres and Corsages

 

When my grandmother was married, she wore a grand corsage that competed with her hand held bouquet. High school graduates used to each choose out just the right wrist corsage or dapper boutonniere pin to accentuate their beauty.

Here at Olla, we welcome the opportunity to continue the tradition by creating both the most classic take on corsages and dreaming up unique pieces using unconventional plants and flowers.

Beyond the classic corsage and boutonniere pins consider a twist on the classic:

Magnetic corsage and boutonnieres to avoid piercing fine fabrics

Custom wrist corsages to fit any size

Floral necklaces or arm bands

Floral decorations for a clutch or purse

Hair flowers

*All designs are 'fait sur mesure' and begin at $18 per piece.

Contact us to place your order for graduation, Mother's Day, or any old Friday night dance party.

For those interested in discovering the hidden mystery of corsage and boutonniere-making for themselves, consider attending our upcoming workshop on Sunday May 6th ($25 per head). More info here.

 

Thanks for reading.

Wedding Flowers with Sole

I love it when clients give us full reign. The parameters given: "we're wearing custom green shoes" and "we love contrast".

This is what we came up with:

The inspirational materials.

Just wild enough.

 Radical boutonniere magic.

 

 Pretty romantic, eh?

 

 

Thanks to Anastasia Chomlack for these beauteous images.

 

Featured Flowers and Growers:

Sarracenia (pitcher plants) - Hawaiian Botanicals

Nigella (love-in-the-mist) - Bathtub Gardens

Ornamental grasses - Urban garden, Hastings and Sunrise area

Hazzle - Urban garden, DTES

Autumnal Bliss- a wedding roadtrip

In the dog days of our pseudo-summer, Olla took a road trip to the Western Wilderness Lodge in Egmont Village on the Sunshine Coast. We were delivering beautiful flowers to a stunning wedding between Nicole and Bas. An hour before the ceremony was set to begin, the hard rains gave way to a most beautiful day... 

(All these pretty piks are curtesy of Union Photographers out of Vancouver.)

 

An aisle of local, yellow cymbidium orchids frame the coming attractions.

 

   

This hand-tied boutonniere features an air plant (tillandsia)- a sustainable option that will last and last.

 

Bridal bouquet extraordinaire.

 

Touches of botanicals to accentuate the beauty already in the room.

 

Mini-posy for possibly the cutest flower girl ever photographed.

 

The wedding party in it's full glory. Congratulations Nicole & Bas.

 

Featured flowers and growers:

Sarracenia, pitcher plants - (Azuli Vines Nursery, South Burnaby)

Ornamental grasses - (urban garden, Hastings Sunrise area)

Cymbidium orchids - (Koch Nurseries, Vancouver)

Fair trade roses - (Ponte Tresa, Quito Ecuador)

Thanks again to Nicole & Bas and to Union Photographers for the great collaboration.

A very Olla wedding.

Olla Urban Flower Project had the opportunity to be involved in a number of amazing weddings this season. As the images continue to roll in, I will dedicate the next series of blog entries to our wedding work. 

First event into the spot light is one of our most recent. The event was hosted in one of the most beautiful modernist homes i have ever seen- this was an immaculate,simple affair. These images were taken by myself of the eclectic clusters of air plants and flowers peppered along the banquet table.

Banquet table of loveliness.

 

Organic dahlias, even with the bug nibble, are unbelievable gorgeous.

 

Goodness gracious, better than symphony of fire.

 

What. The shadows are beautiful too!

 

 

 

Stay tuned for more wedding piks soon.

Bienvenue Urban Foliage- Vertical living frames

Perhaps Olla is easily wooed by attractive french entrepreneurs. But more likely even is that Nicolas Rousseau of Urban Foliage simply has a really great concept and product. 

The last few years have seen a smattering of vertical gardens or living walls hit the market- the proliferation a testament to the number of eco-minded folks looking to green their small, urban spaces.

Olla Urban Flower Project has been trying to source a BC made product since opening last June and are thrilled to be able to offer our clients this beautifully constructed solution.

 

Urban Foliage's living frame has been installed in our heritage shop for all of you to see so please do stop by. The frames are completely customizable and are very low maintenance- thanks to a unique soil formula which retails moisture while staying well aerated you only have to water once every 3 weeks!

 

For more info:

Visit Urban Foliage on the web, www.urbanfoliage.com

Drop by our shop for a viewing, 235 Cambie Street in Gastown

 

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