By Albert Trevino
A local floral shop worker used her experience to help start a passion-driven flower business on her own.
Meagan Drinkard, a former Montgomery County resident, spent a lot of her professional career as a hairstylist. However, the visual arts had always been a creative passion for her.
Shortly after moving to Livingston a few years ago, Drinkard landed a job with a local floral shop and got hands-on experience in the business. While on the job, Drinkard noticed some of the common issues outsourcing some high-end flowers.
This led to the foundation behind her business, Poppy Leigh Floral.
“It was too hard to get the flowers I wanted to work with. When I did, they were poor quality and too expensive…That was the spark that started Poppy Leigh, focusing on growing flowers.” said Drinkard.
Drinkard and her husband Jeff have recently reopened their local flower farm after spending a short couple of years in Maine. As an experienced floral designer, Drinkard earns revenue to help support all of the work that goes into maintaining the farm.
“We are reestablishing the flower farm this winter…In the spring, we are going to have locally grown fresh-cut flowers.” Drinkard said. “The wedding and event side is more of a supplement to [the farm.] It is something I enjoy doing so if someone is getting married and they want me to do their flowers, I am more than happy to.” said Drinkard.
Over the past few years, Drinkard has practiced what it takes in order to maintain a high level of quality in what she grows. She no longer has to rely on flowers shipped internationally and opts to make her farm organically grown.
“Some of these flowers you get imported have not been in a glass of water in almost five days.” Drinkard said. “Also, there are chemicals all over them and I am not a fan of that…We do not use any pesticides or even organic pesticides…That was another goal for the farm.”
This year, Drinkard introduced some of her original holiday centerpieces for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The arrangements have a vibrant seasonal look and Drinkard’s attention to detail.
“The inspiration behind our [Christmas arrangements] was peppermint and cedar. Strictly red and whites for the peppermint and greenery for the cedar. I like to use premium blooms on those. I think that really sets us apart from everyone.” said Drinkard.
For more information on custom orders and availability, visit the Poppy Leight website at www.poppyleigh.com or its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/poppyleighfloral