Williams Wildflowers & Florida Native Plants Nursery
Artist, Floral & Landscape Designer, Nursery Manager
William’s Wildflowers is a studio florist offering sustainably and locally grown, eco-friendly floral arrangements featuring Florida native plants and wildflowers for weddings, events and photography sessions. Our garden-style, farm-to-table arrangements are local and seasonal, with a palette of Florida wildflowers, herbs, greenery and succulents that are fragrant and beautiful. They bring nature to your celebration. When you showcase our flowers at your event, you contribute to a healthier planet. We grow, source and forage locally and sustainably. All proceeds go back into the gardens, where we create habitat for pollinators and other wildlife and help to educate the public about the importance of native plants.
Williams Wildflowers is housed at the Florida Native Plants Nursery in Sarasota, a 34-year, award-winning retail native plant nursery run, maintained and worked by Annie and her mother, Laurel, and their 15-year employee, Marta, and James, Annie’s husband, who keeps the books and is a professional Sarasota County arborist. In addition to helping people find their forever plants, the nursery is a certified wildlife sanctuary and a pollinator friendly farm that includes bird and butterfly plants galore, a muscadine grape vineyard, an elderberry orchard, livestock for pasture maintenance, a newly planted pine forest and planted swales for nutrient absorption. They use organic and sustainable growing and maintenance practices. Annie also designs small urban and suburban landscapes and gardens that are about reciprocity, sustainability and natural living in Florida.
Annie is a master naturalist through the University of Florida’s statewide program, and has given talks about Florida wildflower arranging with Sarasota Slow Foods and the Florida Native Plant Society Serenoa Chapter. She has been interviewed twice on the national Slow Flowers podcast with Debra Prinzing and featured in Sarasota Magazine, Growing for Market and The Marjorie. Annie is a self-taught graphic, landscape and floral designer and budding herbalist. She is a life long student of nature and native plants and she is the mother of two wild Florida boys, Henry and Dean.
BFA in Visual Art and BA in Art History from Florida State University.
The flowers we use for interior decoration, special events including weddings and even our own personal adornment can and should come from more sustainable sources and reflect our natural surroundings. In this one hour workshop, attendees will learn about Florida native and Florida-friendly seasonal cut flowers and foliage that can be grown at home in […]