Flower Whisperers . . .

by David Perry on August 18, 2010

in Florists and Floral Designers,Growers,The Sustainable Marketplace

you just know them when you see them.

Imagine my surprise and absolute delight when wandering Salem, Oregon’s Saturday Market last weekend with my sweetie, we encountered this smiling, soft-spoken floral magician. Mary Dean grows color and magic on two fertile acres along the Willamette River in Buena Vista, Oregon. She has been making a life she loves, growing and selling her flowers from there for nearly thirty years.

Her artful pairings of texture and shade and hue were so unlike any of the other flower stalls selling bouquets that day that I just couldn’t help but stop and drink them in. And then, since this had been intended solely as a runaway weekend (rather than a working one), and because I had not at all been expecting to stumble on such profound magic, I needed to walk several blocks back to my parked car to retrieve my point and shoot camera before introducing myself, acquainting her with our project and asking permission to photograph her with some of her floral offerings.

In daily life, this is what is known as a BONUS!

Samplings of a few of Mary's, sensitive, textured, flower-wise bouquets.

And now a chance to meet Mary Dean in person: a quick little handheld video visit in her booth at the Salem Saturday Market.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary Dean August 18, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Hi David…
I was out picking sunflowers when I heard the phone ring and made a mental note to check my messages when I came in. I got your message and got right on the computer. I love your piece about my flowers and how you presented them. I would have the web designer you have to do my website. The chance encounter at market with you just is so great. Thanks for doing this and calling. I hope to hear from you soon! Mary

David Perry August 19, 2010 at 8:12 am

Mary, it is I who should be thanking you. Your flowers and our conversation were among the brightest of bright spots in a pretty great day.

Rebecca Cozart August 19, 2010 at 8:49 am

David…what a wonderful way to showcase Mary’s flowers. I’ve been photographing her arrangements for a couple of years and her eye for color and texture never ceases to amaze me.

Amber October 13, 2010 at 9:39 am

OMG that purple bouquet is gorgeous! Does Mary sell to the public other than at the Saturday Market? I would love to get some flowers from her for a birthday on the 19th. Please forward my info or provide Mary’s contact info so I can pick up some flowers Oct. 18th. :)


David Perry October 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Amber, I believe Mary does sell to the public beyond the confines of the Saturday market. Look closely at the collage of 4 photos (second image down), and you will see her phone number displayed prominently in the lower left corner. Best of luck to you, and thanks for dropping by. Dave

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