Flourish Flower Truck delivers DIY experience in flower arranging

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Flourish Flower Truck delivers DIY experience in flower arranging

Flourish Flower Truck allows customers to create their own unique bouquets. Ruth M White, Shopper News Every Thursday morning, Savannah Pannell fills the back of her vintage Flourish Flower Truck with buckets of fresh blooms. “I have always had a strong love of flowers that I think was instilled in me by my mom,” said Pannell. “To this day, she has the most incredible flower garden and I’ve always admired this about her.” The Flourish Flower Truck makes various stops around Knoxville, and customers are welcome to select individual stems of flowers and arrange their own bouquets. “I try to rotate (the selection) every week so people can get something different,” said Pannell, a Fountain City resident. Eucalyptus and sunflowers are among the most popular choices, she said. Many customers enjoy the hands-on creative experience of making their own arrangement, according to Pannell. “I think that’s what makes the business so unique,” she said. “You usually can’t go into any other florist shop and pick by the stem and add your own personality to something, so it makes it that much more fun.” If customers are in a hurry or stuck for inspiration they can also select a pre-made bouquet. And, when asked, Pannell is always happy to offer advice. “I am a huge advocate for taking care of ourselves and the people we love,” said Pannell. “I know the gift of flowers is such a wonderful way to do just that. There is something so beautiful about using the same gift to enter into both celebratory and painful moments in our lives. For me, being the connector between the two is such a dream.” “When walking through making a bouquet with someone, we use a method from Floret Flower Farm on how to create a bouquet,” said Savannah Pannell. She talks about the five different types of flowers for an arrangement – focal, filler, airy, spike and disk. This way the bouquet has multiple types of flowers and looks really full and complete. The decision to start up her own mobile flower boutique late last year was a leap of faith for Pannell, who was working as a registered nurse at the time. “Before I started up this business, I had no experience in the floral industry at all,” she said. “I have been learning as I go.” Pannell spent months looking for just the “right” truck. “My husband, Isaac, and I found this cute little 1961 Ford Econoline right outside of Knoxville,” she said. The previous owners had kept everything in great shape, both inside and out. “The main work we put into it was cosmetic,” said Pannell. “We changed the color, added the table and canopy in the back for the flowers, but otherwise it was ready to be used.” Flourish Flower Truck customers can create their own bouquet to keep or give to a loved one. Owner Savannah Pannell plans to offer bouquet subscriptions and make deliveries as the weather turns cold. Since taking to […]