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