Althea Wiles, Owner/Head Designer
I can't remember a time when flowers weren't a part of my life. Starting with my name--'Rose of Sharon' is the common name for the Althea, a flowering shrub. (My favorite Rose of Sharon variety is the pure white 'Diana' but our logo is based on the 'Aphrodite' lavender Rose of Sharon.)
Growing up, my parents owned a wholesale nursery and they grew quite a few of the plants themselves. During the summers, I would raid the day lily beds. Of course, day lilies really do only last one day, so I had to make a new arrangement every day. One of the things I love about fresh flowers, is that they are both constantly changing as the blooms mature and they are perishable, making room for a new beautiful thing.
In my college years, 1994 to be exact, I volunteered at a local shop in during Spring Break. After Spring Break was over, I was offered a part time job. (I guess 40 free hours of work really does show dedication!) After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Hendrix College, I then earned my Arkansas Master Florist Certification in 1996, and then returned home to Fayetteville. After four years of work in traditional floral shops, I realized that I really enjoyed event work. The local shops were all general florists, with gifts, houseplants, daily delivery and the like. I decided to start my own business where I could focus on weddings and other events. In April of 1998, the Rose of Sharon, Event Florist opened. I designed four weddings that year. Now, we average between 75 and 100 weddings and events each year.
I believe that floral design should enhance the beauty of nature, not change it or force it into submission. That's why every design is an original.
Anna, Virtual Assistant
Anna is my right hand woman and all-around sanity saver. She handles anything that it's possible to handle that's not physically in the shop. Anna used to live here and was my shop assistant/designer-in-training and I just couldn't let her go when she moved!
Kathyrn, Shop Assistant
Kathryn is our all around junior in-house assistant. She helps keep the shop looking great, our coolers fresh and clean, and with any general chores that pop up along the way.
Kaity, Shop Assistant / Designer-in-training
Kaity is the newest addition to the team. She is our assistant florist-in-training & our all around in-house assistant. Kaity is a professional photographer by trade (check out her beautiful work HERE). Many of our newest in-shop images were taken by Kaity.
Sam, Shop Puppy
Sam loves children, pickled ginger and assisting with consultations. He also enjoys belly rubs and isn't shy about asking for one!