When Francoise Weeks arrived in the United States in 1976, she packed along fond memories of helping her mother decorate their home in Antwerp, Belgium, with flowers and experience working in a florist’s shop. She fully intended to live the American dream by continuing to pursue her love of flowers in her new Portland, Oregon, home.
But life doesn’t always run in a straight line, so it was 20 years before she opened her own floral design business, European Floral Design, aimed at weddings. Today, consumers, artists and industry reviewers alike delight in her organic floral art, which is ripe with texture from pods, lichens, moss, herbs, berries, branches, buds.
In other words, a woodland style and the perfect complement to the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner in Washington, Pennsylvania, on June 24, when the lavender fields are in full bloom.
It’s a textural experience that reaches far beyond visual beauty and a satisfying meal. As Weeks puts it, “If a man has two pennies, he should spend one on a loaf of bread to sustain his life and the other on a flower to give him a reason to live.”
To this end, some of her most surprising pieces are wearable jewelry, pairing beauty with the human spirit. It’s no wonder Florist Review dubbed her “Mother Nature.”
Weeks has taught at Flower School Cohim in China, the Academy of Floral Art in Exeter, England, studios in Australia and Mexico, workshops at Mayesh and Florabundance and the La Jolla and Memphis garden clubs – proof of how lucky we are to have her on the dinner tour!
Field to Vase attendees have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on design workshop side by side with Weeks to learn more about her unique style. These sessions begin Friday, June 23 and continue on Saturday, June 24, prior to the dinner.
The workshop is limited to 12 students, so register now by adding the workshop at checkout!