It hasn't been long since Ken Norman relocated to the Cape Region, but since his arrival, floral designs have gotten a lot more innovative.
From exotics to native wildflowers, Norman is known for his inventive arrangements that showcase his principles of design, which he says are based on proportion, balance, rhythm and dominance.
As a third-generation floral designer, Norman grew up in the industry. Recognized and inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers in 2002, he's gone on to win awards in the Philadelphia Flower Show as a featured designer and exhibit chairman for the AIFD and work as a teacher at the New York Botanical Garden.
Locally, Norman is teaching floral design at the Osher Institute and has opened a full-service floral studio, Floral Inspirations, out of his home in Lewes, where he is available for design consultations, event planning, sympathy tributes, wreaths and holiday decor for his growing clientele.
Less than a year after he came to the Cape Region, Norman said his schedule is filling up, between creating his own arrangements for the business, flower shows and special events, but there's still room for growth in the new flower business.
He offers a spectrum of arrangements such as Tangerine Dream and Peaceful Lilies for delivery through his website, floralinspirations.us, to mark special events, sympathy and holidays for his growing clientele. The designer is also available for special events.
"I've got some weddings on the books, but there's still room for more," Norman said.
Weekends are filling up fast, but the designer said he can offer a range of choices at a variety of price points, which is quickly making Floral Inspirations the go-to studio for wedding planners.
"I can get flowers from all over the world," Norman said. "It can be challenging here, because I typically have to travel at least an hour to pick up supplies in metropolitan areas; but I can get all kinds of flowers."
As a longtime instructor, the designer offers floral-themed activities to civic groups, garden clubs, floral enthusiasts and educational institutions in the form of presentations and lectures, team-building activities, demonstration and hands-on workshops for all skill levels.
His next civic engagements include a tulip presentation in Zwaanendael Park at noon, Saturday, April 9, during the Lewes Tulip Festival, another at the Lewes Public Library at 11 a.m., Monday, April 11, and a hands-on spring flower arrangement workshop at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 13, at the Senators Clubhouse in Lewes.
For more information about Floral Inspirations, go to floralinspirations.us or call 302-703-1009.