Recently, Jayla and Brandi took me to see the wholesaler they order all their fresh flowers through! I have never been to one before so it was really interesting and informative. They order their flowers from Botanica which is located in Irving!
Upon arrival, I noticed that the building basically looked like a warehouse with a lot of big trucks out front that would be used to deliver flowers. When you first walk inside you enter into their offices where all of their consultants work. Everyone was friendly and we were told to go on back to the cooler to look at the flowers at our own leisure. Brandy and Jayla always order from Botanica, so they know several of the workers and were excited to introduce me to them!
It is safe to say that the flower cooler is the largest and coldest room I have been in and it is FILLED with flowers. Rows upon rows of different varieties. I think my favorite area was simply all the roses that they had. Every color and so many different kinds including the beautiful David Austin garden roses. They also had the dinner plate Dahlias which were gorgeous.
Everything is organized by varieties. On one side of the room they have all of their flowers and on the other side they have greenery. They also have another room that is off the main cooler where the temperature is kept a little bit warmer for all their tropical plants.
I think what is so nice about actually going and visiting your wholesaler from time to time is that it allows you to actually see what kinds of flowers they offer and also exactly what color the "quick sand" rose is. This really helps for when you are back at your shop putting together flower recipes and placing orders without actually getting to see the flowers in person.
Also, the wholesalers have tons of posters with different varieties of hydrangeas, roses, and all kinds of flowers. Something that I never fully realized is how many different type of roses their are...thousands. And to be able to order from a wholesaler you need to know the names of the flowers, not just "I want a white rose" or "I want a light pink rose". Instead you need to know the names of the roses to be able to order the shade of pink or white that you want. Instead it looks more like "I want to order one bunch (bunch being maybe 20 stems) of the sweet escamo rose" or "Regazza rose". So, it definitely takes a lot of time and determination to memorize all the different varieties!
Something I really liked about the wholesaler is how efficient they are with their time and consistent with their quality. The flowers never leave the cooler through the whole process of boxing. From the cooler they are directly loaded into the vans to be taken for delivery the the address requested. That way, your flowers will arrive as fresh as possible!
Really enjoyed seeing the wholesaler! So much to see and learn about the floral industry there!