Debra Prinzing

SLOW FLOWERS Podcast: Meet Holly Heider Chapple, a floral designer with deep roots in the garden and more! (Episode 123)

January 9th, 2014

Holly Heider Chappel, in one of her favorite places on earth: Her own backyard flower garden. "The Answer is in the Garden," she says.

Holly Heider Chapple, in one of her favorite places on earth: Her own backyard flower garden. “The Answer is in the Garden,” she says.

We’re getting the New Year off to a fabulous start with today’s guest, floral designer, social media maven, educator and mentor to studio and wedding florists around the globe, Holly Heider Chapple.  Based in Leesburg, Virginia, she is active in the wedding and event industry serving customers in the Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland areas. 

Like many people who know and follow this talented and engaging woman, I met Holly “virtually” through Facebook or some other social media channel. As soon as she “friended” me, I wrote to Holly and said: let’s have a phone date. We realized our mutual connection is Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs and Bella Fiore, a past guest on this podcast and a new transplant to the Pacific Northwest.  

Well that phone date with Holly morphed into today’s podcast – a whirlwind conversation that follows Holly’s life from a childhood helping her parents grow, tend to and sell plants to an amazing family of her own. 

Holly shared several of her designs featuring mostly ingredients from her own garden. Here is one yummy creation.

Holly shared several of her designs featuring mostly ingredients from her own garden. Here is one yummy creation.

 

And a garden-inspired wedding dinner, bride and groom included!

And a garden-inspired wedding dinner, bride and groom included!

We all need a jolt of optimism for the seasons ahead. Whether you’re a floral designer seeking inspiration or an American flower farmer who wonders if the floral industry really cares about all the attention you give to the botanicals you produce . . . I think you’ll find it here. 

Holly has a totally fresh take on the world of flowers and I think that’s why she is so successful with some of her new ventures, including the Chapel Designers conference and forum, now in its 4th year. Plus, by her own admission, she is a sharer. She is one of those people who isn’t afraid that sharing her expertise and knowledge with YOU will somehow diminish HER. I subscribe to this approach to my own life and work, which made it so easy to converse, long-distance, with Holly.

Garden flowers in an urn; all the elements grown in Heidi's garden.

Garden flowers in an urn; all the elements grown in Heidi’s garden.

 

Another luscious bridal bouquet. Everything but the roses come from Holly's Garden.

Another luscious bridal bouquet. Everything but the roses come from Holly’s Garden.

Here is her bio:

A dedicated mother, wife and entrepreneur, Holly is the creative visionary behind Holly Heider Chapple Flowers. A longtime resident of Loudoun County Virginia, Holly is a highly recognized and sought after floral designer who’s work has been published in a number of prestigious publications and can regularly be found in top industry blogs. With 21 years of successful business experience behind her, Holly now serves as a teacher, speaker and mentor for other professionals in the wedding industry. Having raised 7 children, and recognizing her most important life role as a mother, Holly appreciates also being known as “Flower Mamma” among her network of industry professionals. Additionally, based on her incredible and unique sense of style, the term “Hollyish” emerged in 2011 as a way of describing designs that possess the elegance, beauty and creativity of those that leave Holly’s studio.

Armed with a strong desire to help other floral designers and event professionals be successful, Holly established the Chapel Designers (a division of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers) in 2011, as an international network of florists and event designers who gather together every year in New York City to collaborate, learn, and create.

What started as a desire to network with other like minded business owners, has blossomed into an incredible group of professionals comprised of longtime designers, up and coming designers, and people just starting their design journey. The Chapel Designers is growing every day and is proud to have members from all over the world.

Remaining dedicated to quality of design and service has allowed Holly Heider Chapple Flowers to be recognized over and over again for exceptional products and client experiences while maintaining an unrelenting desire to drive industry trends. Holly describes her business in her own words: “I have had the privilege of training with great designers across the country and in Europe. One of my most favorite and unique experiences recently was volunteering with the installation of the White House Christmas decorations. All of these experiences combined with running a business from my home, where I can spend quality time with my husband and children has made me into the business owner I am today. I take each of my roles as a mother, mentor and designer seriously and continue to grow every day. My studio has been blessed to have our work published in Martha Stewart, Southern Living Weddings, Weddings Unveiled, Brides, The Knot, Washingtonian, Southern Weddings, Virginia Living, In Touch Weekly Magazine, Elegant Bride, Engaged Magazine, and many local publications, and I can’t wait to see what the next few years will bring. I know there are still big things to come.”

My conversation with Holly was super inspiring and I will thoroughly enjoy2014 as I watch all that she achieves. Please be sure to add her to your “follow” list if you haven’t done so yet.

A lovely tabletop of home-grown florals.

A lovely tabletop of home-grown florals.

And a seasonal zinnia bouquet that's inspired by a vivid color palette.

And a seasonal zinnia bouquet that’s inspired by a vivid color palette.

Here are Holly’s platforms to follow:

Her Blog: The Full Bouquet

Twitter: @chappleflowers @chapeldesigners

Facebook: HollyHeiderChappleFlowers

Instagram: Holly Chapple

And thank you  for joining me in this episode of the SLOW FLOWERS Podcast with Debra Prinzing.

Because of your support as a listener, we have had nearly 5000 downloads in six months’ time – and I thank you for taking the time to join to my conversations with flower farmers, florists and other notable floral experts.

If you like what you hear, please consider logging onto Itunes and posting a listener review.

Until next week please join me in putting more American grown flowers on the table, one vase at a time. 

As we heard from Holly,

The Answer’s in the Garden.

I couldn’t agree more.

The Slow Flowers Podcast is engineered and edited by Hannah Holtgeerts. Learn more about her work at hhcreates.net. All photographs shared here,courtesy of Holly Heider Chapple.

 

One Response to “SLOW FLOWERS Podcast: Meet Holly Heider Chapple, a floral designer with deep roots in the garden and more! (Episode 123)”

  1. Kasey Says:

    I love how Holly highlighted how social media has, “set this industry free.” (18.40m)

    I couldn’t agree more!

    The Farmer Floral Designer is an inspiring story that really highlights the importance of freshness, locally grown. #SecretSauce #AmericanGrown #OriginMatters

    I also like to hear the passion Holly and her designers have to “connect with that farmer.” (26:05m).

    Another great podcast! Thank you Debra.
    Kasey´s last blog post ..Purveyors of Joy

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