Urban Poppy: in the garden

A New Year and a Wonderful Family January 16 2021, 0 Comments

So much to be thankful for in 2021: We're so grateful for all of our wonderful customers and friends, near and far that have supported us this past rocky year and encourage us to "keep on keepin' on". In light of so much unknown, we hope to continue to spread joy and happiness through beauty and nature.
Our newest location at historic Plant Riverside has been such a wonderful addition to our company and has allowed us to curate a beautiful range of apothecary lines that we feel ....

"America, America..." November 05 2020, 0 Comments

"...God shed His grace on thee; and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea." That's my prayer right now.

As of today the country is still seemingly "on pause". But there is a great war being fought in the heavenlies over the future of this beautiful land. 

I am thankful for my freedoms as a woman, a small business owner, a wife, a mother and a Christian. Where else in the world would I be allowed and encouraged to do all and be all of these things? 

It is very true that we will never really know what we have/had until it is gone. So many fight for a cause based on their feelings and yet truth seems to hold no bearing. With rights come great responsibility. 

I am tired and I need to process my ideas on this a little more. Not sure who may really read the thoughts and meanderings of simple floral designer here in Savannah, but I do hope we all take time to pray for our country and for her people. Pray for the truth to prevail, for lives to be saved and lived, for righteousness and justice for all. May we be worthy of this great country.



Exciting News from Urban Poppy July 15 2020, 1 Comment


Wowzers. How is it already the middle of July? Is it me or have the months both dragged on and then crazily sped up once we hit the end of May? 

June 1st, after being closed by mandate March 28th, for a little over two months, we opened our doors to you, our wonderful customers. By God's grace (literally) we managed to keep the store going with phone and online orders and we converted our shop back into a production studio which is what we started as, ten years ago.

Many of you know that Savannah's busiest wedding seasons are in the spring and fall. Our wedding work (which comprises over half of our business) dried up left and right and we lamented with our brides and their families over the loss they went (and still are going) through having to reschedule or cancel their plans in a continued time of unknown.

Several of you who came in after we first reopened last month were thrilled we had "made it through" and we small businesses have been holding our breath while saying prayers for each other that we can continue to do so.

And here is the biggest kicker of all.... after several years of waiting, with delay after delay, we (again, God-willing) hope to open Urban Poppy Plant Riverside in the next couple of weeks. Many folks think we are crazy, and perhaps we are (who isn't just a little bit crazy right now?), but since the ship had sailed and we all jumped aboard with it, we just pray the earth is really round and not flat and that life turns back around :)

And how are *YOU* all doing? We miss you; we think of you and hope you and your loved ones are well: physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially. We are here for you and can't wait to keep sharing beauty and nature with you in this season, and the seasons to come. Blessings, peace and love to you all.


Anissa, Urban Poppy 

Mother's Day, Sunday, May, 10th May 02 2020, 0 Comments

This year will mark an unusual Mother's Day in perhaps the history of the holiday. Many of us who would normally spend this day with our moms or important mother figures, are having to do so virtually. I am a huggy kind of person and I know that flowers can never replace the sense of touch, but because of their beauty and the life-giving hope they represent, they can lift the spirits and send the love we know you would like to give in person.

Next week at Urban Poppy, we will be busy getting beautiful blooms, plants and other gifts prepared for your loved ones. Please feel free to call us at 912.429.3298 to preorder as our flowers are limited. Or you can order directly online at urbanpoppy.com. Visit our website to see all the loveliness we have in store for Mom.

Covid-19 and Urban Poppy May 02 2020, 0 Comments

Where to really begin? I've been procrastinating writing any type of "letter" because everything about this present global pandemic situation still seems so surreal. It's especially hard to digest when everything here in balmy Savannah is blooming, breezy and warm with sunny weather beckoning everyone outside where Nature is happy.

Birds are singing their sweet little heads off, azaleas are exploding in color and overnight the tiniest of celery green leaves are appearing on our crepe myrtles, fig trees and grape vines. Our chickens are laying and rolling around in the dust sunning themselves, our garden is growing, life is sweet and yet it's the UNKNOWN; that palpable feeling of weird dread- like waiting for test results.

We're not alone though. We're separated but we can all still look out for one another.  Many of our little shops and services are holding our breaths to see what will happen. We love our community, we love our families and customers and we are going through something amazing in history right now. Spring was on March 19th and from the death of  sleeping winter, there is new life.  

Please plant a garden if you can. Sun-soak in the vitamin D and take lots of vitamin C. Give yourselves permission to rest. Our kids are home now so that means more bike rides, more walks, more books to read to them and more time to reflect. Peace and safety to each of you and look up for a flowering branch to adorn your table, look down for spring bloom to pluck and give to a sweet one.  Hang in there you lovely people :)


Anissa, Urban Poppy 

A Spring Breeze Blowing in Change February 25 2020, 0 Comments

Sleeping next to me is my little Sabine. She snuck in bed with me a few moments ago. A lot is going on as I type this. The seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic has a lot of people and nations on edge and it's hard for people to retain focus on the daily, mundane things, understandably. Many people are fearful to travel and there is pending economic duress in the air. 

So what will you do? How will you act? How will you respond? I'm convicted by the reality that I need to slow down and be more patient and hopeful rather than give in to angst and the stress I am hearing in others' voices.

Be prepared yes, but please enjoy the good all around us- the joy of new lives coming together in matrimony, the simplicity and beauty of spring in bloom. A little one snoring beside you. These are the good days, the small, quiet things and it is what our memories should guard in our hearts. 

Sweet dreams- A

Getting Ready for the New Year + Valentine's Day January 19 2020, 0 Comments

2020 is not even three weeks in but it's less than a month until Valentine's Day and we are getting busy like red, heart-shaped elves gearing up for what happens to be one of the busiest days and likely week of the year for florists.
The excitement of finding fresh new flowers and designs invigorates us as creatives and there is simply not enough time in the year to get everything done. In anticipation of the event, we will be traveling down to Ecuador this week to visit some of our flower farms and meet our flower friends firsthand.
This year is especially exciting as we prepare for the spring opening of our second Urban Poppy shop on historic River Street as part of the highly awaited opening of Plant Riverside. These two events seem to be happening neck and neck and I think we are all holding our breath until both happen. 


Stay tuned when we return with stories of our trip and photos of what you can expect for this year's Day of Love.





Gardening and the Greenhouse September 17 2019, 0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I was thrilled to become the owner of a snow peacock plant or Calathea White Fusion. I bought it from a shop on Etsy and it came beautifully and safely packaged and I felt like I adopted a new kitten. (This photo is actually a variegated rubber plant which looks white similar to my little one- so cool that I'm actually hoping to order one soon).

She (it's a she for some reason) is currently at home in my sun room although I'm chomping at the bit to see how she likes the greenhouse that is near completion in our backyard.

I had the honor of giving what I believe was my first garden talk (rather than flower talk) to an amazing group of women (and one gentleman) enjoying Savannah and our beautiful garden city.

Since these lovely folks were from all over the country, the question I sought to frame when speaking about their garden, in particular designing new spaces was what would its purpose/function be?

We all have a purpose and I think it's perhaps one of THE most freeing things to come into that purpose- irregardless of age or stage in life.

But I digress; I'm in bed about to wind down and thoughts of little plants, dirt, transplanting and micro greens dance through my head.

Until next time, may you enjoy the beauty and nature all around you.


The Time Continues to Fly September 09 2019, 0 Comments

What an exciting collection of years this has been. When I think that we are a few months away from our tenth year at Urban Poppy, I can only marvel at where we have been and where we are going. I think of of the thousands of consults we have had, the hundreds of weddings, thousands of bouquets and boutonnieres we have created and I wonder at the lives of the couples we have played a small, beautiful part in.

How are they now? How much laughter has been shared? How many tears have been shed? How many little children have come into this world as a testimony of their love? I'm thinking of this particularly now because one of my sweet brides has returned to the South (this is actually her bridal bouquet from 2012) and would love to more about floral design. What an honor it would be to work directly with one of my brides from time past.


On Being Mom May 03 2019, 0 Comments

I am an older mother, blessed with babes at age 42 and then again at 45. Sebastian and Sabine, both named after Italian martyrs; especially fascinating as I am not Catholic but they seemed to resonate with both saints. In my early twenties I, like many women my age contemplated having children but as my years climbed higher and I approached my late thirties, I was resigned to being that cool gypsy, artistic aunt that lived all of the world and spoke different languages. Returning from a year abroad teaching in S. Korea I announced to my bewildered parents I wanted to start a band and do something with flowers. And then Maui and Russell came along, with a return to S. Korea, Bali, marriage at the US Embassy in Seoul, Tokyo for his birthday and thoughts of returning to the States. Urban Poppy was born and then the miracle of two children (with two more little miracles I believe wait for us in heaven) came several years later. I was a mother (to be continued...)

5 Flower Bouquets for 5 Different Kinds of Love February 05 2019, 0 Comments

5 simple flower bouquets to show all kinds of love.

Urban Poppy Is Hiring July 24 2018, 0 Comments

Greetings from Savannah, GA! Urban Poppy Shop is now accepting resumes for experienced retail sales associates. 

  • Proven ability to deliver excellent on brand client service standard and ability to demonstrate best practices
  • Proven ability to sell, utilizing product knowledge, brand inspiration and design/decor
  • Solid communication and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to ask questions and seek solutions; a self starter
  • Social media (Pinterest/Instagram/etc), mail chimp
  • Must be a "clean freak"; organizational skills paramount
  • 1 year of retail or relevant sales experience in floral/interior/home furnishings, relevant retail brand or client service industry
  • Excellent communication skills, willingness to engage with clients
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • A Proactive and friendly approach to customers and work
  • BA (minimum) preferred (ideally in design and/or business)

If you are excited about this opportunity, please email urbanpoppy@gmail.com. Please include your resume and portfolio, if applicable, along with a cover letter telling us why you are the one to for this role.

Although floral/garden experience is a massive plus, a green thumb is an absolute must :)

May Showers and Flowers May 21 2018, 0 Comments

And some of you will say, "but surely you mean April showers?" The reality is that we here Savannah have been experiencing somewhat of a drought over the past month or so and last week's deluges have been a boon. The grass is looking bright and green and our garden has taken off by leaps and bounds.

What amazes me is that we are almost into June. Most of my these days entries seem to be me marveling at how quickly the time is marching by. Flowers keep me in check when it comes to seasons although we do have the luxury of getting many flowers all throughout the year. Spring is full of pastels and fall ruby colors. Late spring and into early summer I love the classic timelessness of whites and greens. 

They're cooling composition are the perfect transition into a hot summer and they, like white linen have a soothing, cooling effect when things start to heat up.

March: Going Out Like a Lamb March 19 2018, 0 Comments

It's amazing that we have passed the Ides of March and are rounding the corner for the end of this beautiful month. Without waxing too poetic, March seems to be going out like a Lamb, especially as it is Easter Weekend with the loaded symbolism of this season. 

It has been a time of digging, planting, seed starts and building of low tunnels (most of this, I might add, has all been done by Russell, my husband). I have been content to play with the kids and our "pet" chickens: Luna, Blondie, Ruby and Rosy. 

Spring is simply my favorite time of the year. Granted, as an April baby I am a bit partial, but there's nothing like this time of year for a flower child.

The Perfect Holiday Gift: Francoise Weeks Savannah Workshop June 28 2017, 2 Comments

Summertime June 08 2017, 0 Comments


A busy spring yields to a quieter summer and this is a lovely season for us to refresh ourselves and our brand. There are so many wonderful things in the works at Urban Poppy that it's difficult to refrain from shouting in from the rooftops. 

Although everything is in full bloom here in the south, this season Urban Poppy is working on her root system. We are building an amazing team, lovingly called our "flower tribe" as coined by Erin of Floret Flowers. We hope to have an updated website by the end of August that will tell you more about our history and who we are as a family and tribe as well as where we are heading.

The world of locally grown, organic flowers is rocking and we can't wait to share all of the talent that is making its way to the low country with new flower farmers, designers and workshop lecturers. 

Please stay tuned and grow with us as we continue to bring beauty and nature home :)



Valentine's Day January 14 2017, 0 Comments

It's amazing to think we're exactly a month away from that special day hallmarking Love. Valentine's Day has always been a favorite holiday of mine even before I became a floral designer.
My mom always make it extremely special with homemade heart shaped biscuits and tart cherry jam from our little cherry tree in the backyard. Sweethearts were passed out to little classmates and if we looked hard enough, darling little violets would be poking there heads out and mom would help us make nosegays in tin foil and paper lace doilies to give to our teachers (lucky teachers!)
One might argue that Love shouldn't just be celebrated one day and I agree, but the nostalgia and sweetness behind the holiday is what continues to inspire me to create little gifts and flowers wrapped in love. Sweet nothings that whisper the sender's love.

Autumn UP Wedding + Event Studio Internship July 07 2016, 0 Comments

At Urban Poppy we are always on the lookout for energetic and fun individuals with a great eye for design. Interns play a vital role. . .


The Change of Seasons May 19 2016, 0 Comments

It seems that most of my blog posts and letters these days start with an exclamation of sorts of my marveling where the time has gone. Seasons come and they go . . .

Urban Poppy February Floral Workshop February 15 2016, 0 Comments

The weather weaves back and forth from warm to chilly and blustery this month but the groundhog is promising an early spring. As brisk as it is, the camellias . . .

Because It's January... January 28 2016, 0 Comments

Because it's January, my mind is wandering to gardening and digging and planting sweet little seeds full of surprises. Maybe because it was a teasing . . .

Thanksgiving Travels November 22 2015, 0 Comments

My husband, baby, dog and I just returned from a chilly, autumnal walk and it finally feels like the holidays are being ushered in. The packing, cleaning and closing up our home for the cross country trek is upon us and we're so excited and grateful to have family and home. 
A Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Pray for those who are traveling but have no home. Pray for those who feel they have little to be thankful to be for. Kindly remind yourself and others of all of our many blessings and to give thanks on a daily basis. 
Happy Holidays and peace to you all!

Sophisticated Southern Wedding: Style Me Pretty July 31 2015, 0 Comments

A big congratulations to Taylor + James on their wedding and their beautiful feature on today's Style Me Pretty 

We were so excited to be a part of their gorgeous day! And many thanks to all the vendors below:

Photography: KT Merry | Videography: IMint Media | Cake: Tier Luxury Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rory Beca | Hair And Makeup: Agata Helena | Calligraphy: Trial By Cupcakes | Band: Groovetown | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | Bride's Dress: Custom Made Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony + Reception Location: Inn At Palmetto Bluff | Ceremony Musicians: Alyssa Jae Duo | Choir: Voices Of El Shaddai | Day Of Paperie: LoveLeigh Invitations | Floral: Urban Poppy | Groom's Tie: Celine | Invitation And Save The Date: Stephanie Pryor Designs | Man Of Honor's Dresses: Reformation | Matchboxes And Monogrammed Napkins: GraciousBridal On ETSY

Summer Breezes and Shells Underfoot May 29 2015, 0 Comments

This has been the balmiest May in Savannah I can remember. Breezes continue to linger through our backyards and tickle the back of my neck. The sky hurt my eyes because it seemed extra blue today. You should see the pants I have on; blue batik that look just like the shells above had been crushed. Such blues! Memorial Day I hung out at the shop redecorating with our beautiful indigo -china blue dishes, rugs, pillows and other home decor. What a fresh start to one our family's favorite season. Over the next week I'll be photographing our wares and we'll place them in our Summer Blues section. We'd love to see you all at the shop, especially if you're on your way to the beach. We just might follow you out there. (Cover photos of blue china and shells courtesy of Elle Decor and One Kings Lane via Pinterest)

Spring Baby April 09 2015, 0 Comments

It's why I like the dirt, why I rubber-neck when I drive past a highway median covered in wild flowers, why pollen covered, furry bees humming away all make me happy. I'm an April baby and as carpe diem as they come. Sure, there was the occasional late season snow storm on my birthday in good ol' NYC, but down here in Savannah, I'm already feeling behind on my raised beds.

But no fear, I made six little succulent boxes this morning, plopped down on the concrete in front of the shop, planting away. When I left later that afternoon, Taryn and I realized we'd sold five of them! Poor me! I guess I have to play in the dirt some more tomorrow ;)

Happy Spring and happy gardening!


Is Spring on its Way? February 28 2015, 0 Comments

The groundhog did not lie this year and although we haven't seen much snow in Savannah, we've had our fair share of dreary, wet, cold + dark days. It made me happy to put little pots of sunshine outside of the shop in the form of daffodils. Their happy faces defy the steely sky. 

But this native New Yorker still is a wimp and catalogs with sunny blue skies and waving palm trees showcasing summer bikinis and warm sand seem far, far away. 

So, we're bringing spring inside with beautiful big ficus trees and the ever hip fiddle leaf fig. The succulents and terrarium plants are keeping cozy inside and we're building out our den (so to speak) with some fun, fresh and beautiful new products. When the sun finally does come out, you'll want to stop by the shop and "get your spring on". (photo courtesy of http://bloesem.blogs.com)

Christmas Cookies December 15 2014, 0 Comments

Nonnie's southern sugar molasses cookies... step away from the Christmas cookie tin!! ... sigh.. it never fails, I bake, and I eat more than I give away. My mother had the same problem. She confessed to baking batches of these as a teenager and hiding them under her bed away from her sister. 
Both my mother and her's before me, would mail batches of these "crack-cookies" perfectly round, in recycled Pringles cans to our college dorms. Oh, how we wanted to be generous with our new found freshman friends! But the chewy, melt in your mouth sugar and spice were not parted with that easily.
And yes, I have just returned from a Christmas party where several sweet older southern gentlemen friends of mine lingered around the tin, eating one after another, reminiscing how it tasted just like home. And I was happy and I resisted snagging the tin and bringing it greedily back with me. Besides, I still have over a dozen sitting snugly on my stove.. make that less that eleven. 

Getting Excited For Fall October 24 2014, 0 Comments


So here in Savannah it finally feels like fall. Chilly nights and nippy toes and noses and animals curling in a bit tighter with us on the bed; yup, it's officially autumn.

It's rare we do not have a wedding on Saturday and I've been itching to work on our website and play with tremendous flowers, weeds, dried branches off the railroad track and any other odd organic piece I might forage. (I am certain I am part squirrel).

Stay tuned and have a gander at what's new for the fall. We're "cooking up a storm" in our flower kitchen and can't wait for you to see what we're up to. Time for my cozy bed.. I'm the last one up. Good night!

A Sunday Morning September 14 2014, 0 Comments

I had to check the clock first as soon as I typed the title to see if it was indeed still morning. It is.. for another thirty minutes. Russ just went to return his way-too big Tonka toy of a truck that was a loaner since his is in the shop, but man, it could haul three weddings worth of rentals I'm pretty certain.

Thinking about this odd-in-between weather here in Savannah where Summer and Fall are arm wrestling and neither one seems to have the upper hand.

We're ready for a mountain trip, crisp apples and funky colored gourds and crunchy leaves.. We need a little trip.

The photo above was from an autumnal, colorful photoshoot we did with Mackensey Alexander and Ivory + Beau last year.. It captures the mood I'm in this cloudy, restful Sunday.

Summer Friday Happy Hours: 4pm-6pm July 23 2014, 0 Comments

At last.... July 23 2014, 0 Comments

Although we still have a lot of work to do, we're thrilled to finally have our online shop be live! We've been busy in the shop too with a wonderful, full spring wedding season making way for new products and flora to our botanical boutique's growing collection. 

If you're in Savannah, we'd love for you to come by and say hello and "adopt" an airplant or succulent, or two. Our workshops are soon to be announced and we think you'll love them :) 

How Exciting! December 06 2013, 0 Comments

We are so thrilled to introduce Urban Poppy, the store!
These past four years have been quite an adventure in the world of weddings. We find that the demand for excellent design lasts in weddings and beyond. With our backgrounds in interior design, graphic design and fibers, our love and passion for all things beautiful + living, a botanical boutique proved to be the perfect next step.
If you're in Savannah, please stop by and say hello. Otherwise, it is our hope that you'll get to see a little into our world through browsing and shopping our online store and following our little journal.