Maureen Newman - Floral Poetry

Maureen Newman owned Floral Poetry Florist in Stone Ridge, New York.  I took these photos in November of 2016, and as of me writing this in January or 2017, she has closed the store.  When I visited her to take the photos she told me she was closing.  

I visited her today for about 45 minutes, and I enjoyed learning more about her and her love of working with flowers. We also had some fun talking about Tillson, where she lives, and where I grew up. Turns out Maureen and her husband and kids lived a few blocks away from my family, but I never knew her then.

She talked about how she like using negative space in her flower arrangements, and she feels like she can make different flowers rhyme, thus the name "Floral Poetry". I enjoyed learning a bit about what she does.

I wasn't sure if I had gotten a photo I liked that captured what she does, but it was time for me to move on with my day, so I told her I was leaving. She asked me if she could give me some flowers, and I said "Sure!" and she started grabbing flowers out of the cooler. Little did I know that she was making a full bouquet for me. I started snapping away as she made the bouquet, as I felt like I was capturing the essence of what she does and what makes her happy.