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Florist creates unique flower arrangements & gifts

Kathy Watson Farber, owner/designer of Fleur de Farber Florist, got her interest in floral work from her mother and grandmother.

“Since I was a young girl I have been fascinated with flowers, and I took long walks with my grandmother who told me the names of flowers,” Farber said. “Mom would do flowers for weddings for friends as a gift to them, and I was her helper. I started doing a lot of bouquet work, and eventually it became mom helping me.”

The funeral spray, above, is personalized with a guitar.

During college, Farber worked at florist shops; after college, she had her own florist business with the name Fleur de Farber in Baton Rouge from 1994-2002, until she had to stop working for a year due to pregnancy complications. After her daughter was born, she worked in the health care field for several years but kept the idea in the back of her mind that she would one day have another flower shop.

That idea came to fruition about two months ago when she opened the new Fleur de Farber on Florida Ave. in Denham Springs, near the 4-H Club Rd. intersection.

“Throughout the time I was working in health care, I continued doing wedding and funeral pieces for family and friends, so I never completely stopped doing floral work,” said Farber. “Recently, when my husband Steven and I decided the time was right for us to open a florist shop again, I wanted it to be in Denham Springs. I’ve always lived here except while attending LSU. My husband is from New Orleans, but I always knew we would come back here to make our home and raise our children.”

Fleur de Farber is a full-service florist shop providing floral arrangements for weddings, funerals, birthdays, anniversaries, and to say get well, congratulations  I love you, and thank you.

“I’ve always take great care with all my work, but especially with funeral arrangements,” Farber confided. “When you send flowers to a person’s funeral, you’re paying homage to them for the last time, so I do everything I can to make it special. I find out what the deceased person’s interests were and include something to represent that whether it’s a sports team, a hobby or something else. The families appreciate this so much.

“I also make a point to make all the funeral arrangements I send to one person’s funeral different from each other. In fact, everything that comes out of my shop is original. When you order from me, everything is distinctive and individualized, never ‘cookie cutter.’ Making an arrangement unique is what I enjoy doing the most.”

She also puts together gift baskets which combine flowers with fruit or a gift item for birthdays, anniversaries, Valentines’ Day or any special occasion.

Using a variety of flowers is one thing that makes her work stand out.

Details

Details: Fleur-de-Farber Florist, 2320-B Florida Ave. SW, near the intersection with 4-H Club Road, Denham Springs, 225- 243-6565; www.fleurdefarber.com.

“I get flowers from all over the world – tulips from Holland, lilies from South America, hydrangeas from Costa Rico,” saud Farber. “You won’t hear me say, ‘It’s out of season; I can’t get that.’ It’s the right season somewhere, and with the Internet and next-day air, I can search the world to find what my customers want.”

A Christmas door wreath with peacock feathers illustrate the unique arrangements created by Kathy Farber.

A licensed florist for 30 years, she has a comprehensive gallery of photographs of her work that she can show to anyone interested in ordering flowers and gifts.

Farber just finished a busy Christmas season, making Christmas arrangements and decorating Christmas trees for homes, hotels and other businesses. Now she is getting ready for the always hectic Valentine’s Day, and she urges everyone to place their orders early.

Fleur-de-Farber Florist offers delivery in Denham Springs, Walker, Livingston and the greater Baton Rouge area. Farber also accepts and fills orders to go to people out-of-town.

“Call or drop by to talk about any flowers you need,” Farber said. “I’m pleased to offer ideas and help you with the selection of your flowers. If you have any special suggestions or ideas, let me know, we’ll work together to make your floral arrangement exactly what you want!”

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Allow Fleur de Farber to make the day perfect for your sweetheart. They of course offer the all-time favorite roses, but if you want to take a walk on the wild-side, give them carte blanche to make an absolutely gorgeous and unique floral arrangement that’ll knock their socks off and be the envy of the office! Call ahead and order before February 5 to enjoy a 10% early-bird discount.