WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2009WWW.GVNEWS.COMGREEN VALLEY NEWS & SUN C1
A SHARP IDEA
Creative cacti, succulents arrangements with a silky touch
By Annette Kelly
Special to the Green Valley News
Our Green Valley Farmer's Market provides different things for each of us. For most, it's the place we depend on for our weekly fresh, organic food, coffee and tea. For others, it's a great place to meet friends, stroll around looking at vendor's offerings, all while munching on a homemade snack or meal. For a determined few, our market has become their chance to sell their personally created artistic offerings, edible and inedible alike.
Like many of us, Donna Pack went into semi-retirement when she moved here. Instead of returning to corporate work she opened her own firm, Bella Fiore (Italian for beautiful flowers). "I started doing silks [silk flowers] and noticed I was missing a piece of the market here; I now specialize in succulents and cacti," says Donna.
Her sign reads, "No watering required," still many customers are fooled by the lifelike arrangements. "They're maintenance-free and you never need to repot them," Donna said. Her secret? "I pick authentic materials. They're perfect for rooms with very little light and they're great hostess gifts. Most people are just stunned to learn they're artificial."
As shoppers at the Green Valley Farmer's Market peruse her offerings she asks, "Have you seen these before? They are all artificial." With very few exceptions, the reaction is the same as this woman's was last Wednesday, "NO! Really? You're kidding! They look so real!"
Donna creates a wide array of incredible facsimiles of "succulents and cacti with some natural botanicals as well," in her Green Valley home. "It's something I deeply enjoy," she says.
She learned of the Green Valley Farmer's Market from her neighbors at home and the market, Two Designing Ladies (see last week's story). "I thought it was a good venue...it's been wonderful," she says of the market. In addition to our market, Donna also sells her creations at Quail Creek festivals and her local business clients include First Resort Naturopathic Clinic, Prestige Assisted Living and the Quail Creek Country Club.
Donna also does custom arrangements for businesses or individuals upon request. Check out her work at the market and call her for a free design consultation at 520 207-0990. Your vase or hers.
You'd think all this beauty would be expensive right? Nope. It's amazingly affordable; take advantage of her summer pricing at 20 percent off!