Gift Alert: Stem and Thistle Flowers

The Arlington floral designer mixes classic and unconventional elements.

Stem and Thistle

As the self-taught creative force behind Stem and Thistle, Brooke Gagnier handles jobs of all sizes—from boutonnieres to backdrops for photo installations to entire weddings. “I custom-design each piece to my clients’ tastes and budget,” says the Arlington floral designer, “so I have flexibility with flower choices, sizes and types of containers.” (The latter can include mercury glass, natural wood boxes, vintage milk glass and galvanized metal pails.)

Gagnier achieves natural shapes and textures with a mix of seasonal blooms, greens and produce, including elements like lavender and rosemary, artichokes and Brussels sprouts. She’s even been known to forage in her own backyard, as she did for a recent event at Georgetown’s Kit and Ace clothing boutique. “My son climbed a tree to grab a branch for me,” she says. “We dragged it in, painted it copper and decked it out with green garland.”

A mom of three and former middle school teacher, Gagnier launched Stem and Thistle in August 2016 as a creative outlet. Standard arrangements start at around $50, but her “Sweet Jars of Joy”—simple bouquets in mason jars—go for as low as $12. Prices include delivery in the Arlington area. www.stemandthistle.net

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