Susan Kinloch moved from California to Laurelmead about a year and a half ago. She has two grandsons here, aged 6 and 9, and wanted to be closer to them. She herself grew up in a family that, among other things, loved gardening. But it was her regular visits to the swank Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley that opened her eyes to a concept in floral arrangement that has stayed with her all these years. Each time she ate there she was aware of a new arrangement, but Susan realized that what they bore in common was that they were “wild and different” from the more traditional arrangements she was accustomed to seeing.
Laurelmead had an arrangement with a florist to change the centerpiece in the main lobby on a monthly basis. When Susan realized that, basically, we all were paying for this fee (we are a coop after all!) she offered to take on the task. And all of a sudden the centerpieces became wild and different - and noteworthy!
Using flowers and greenery from the resident gardens and Laurelmead’s 45 acres of natural landscape, from month to month, no two arrangements are the same. The arrangements are, as Susan says, “at the moment.” They follow the natural rhythm of the growing cycle. Thank you Susan for making the lobby of our bloomin’ home just that!