See how one local lady is bringing the community together with her blooming business. Learn more about her services, classes, and new subscriptions to always keep a little sunshine in your space.
Christina Matthews wanted to switch up her career path. She wanted to turn to something that was more in-tune with nature. In an attempt to completely immerse herself in the field, she spent years learning how to grow and sell flowers, vegetables, and herbs through Berea College’s “Grow Appalachia” program.
Today she’s the founder of The Flower Lady OTR, a happy flower farmer-florist located in Over-the-Rhine.
“I specialize in growing flowers and creating beautiful and fragrant solutions for just about every floral need,” explains Matthews. “I am currently growing flowers in the Over-the-Rhine People’s Garden, which is the oldest community garden in Cincinnati, and I grow a portion of my flowers just across the river on Sunrock Farm in Wilder, Kentucky”
Through The Flower Lady OTR, you’ll find flower arrangements and floral solutions for several restaurants, salons, and businesses in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.
Matthews says she enjoys being a part of the slow flower movement and seeing the positive impact that flowers can have on people and the environment.
The Flower Lady OTR offers a variety of floral services, ranging from flower crowns to arrangements for restaurants and small businesses.
The Flower Lady OTR can create flower crowns for any occasion with at least 24 hours notice.
“The Flower Lady can create stunning crowns for you and your friends,” she says. “Flower crowns are perfect for photoshoots, fashion shows, weddings, prom, showers, bachelorette parties, music festivals, Earth Day, and more.”
You can also host a party or take classes from The Flower Lady. “Let The Flower Lady make your next event fresher than ever,” Matthews says. “Have a DIY flower crown party of offer a custom flower bar at your wedding.”
Matthews wants you to think of The Flower Lady when planning corporate events, dinner parties, holiday events, and ladies nights. “I can even come to you,” she adds.
Restaurant and small business owners can also turn to The Flower Lady to help create a fresh new addition to your space. “Let’s liven up your hostess stand, dining room, or office with a custom floral design that will compliment your decor,” she says. Business owners can even sign up for a weekly subscription with The Flower Lady to ensure that their arrangements stay fresh.
To see even more of The Flower Lady’s services, click here.
What makes The Flower Lady unique is more than just the services she offers – it’s what her beliefs are rooted in.
“I believe in the inner connectivity of all living things,” explains Matthews. “So, not all of my flowers are cut. I dedicate portions of my flower garden to our precious pollinators and I use all organic growing practices, including saving rain water, and making my own compost.”
Matthews says that you can see The Flower Lady OTR in multiple upcoming events.
“Come out to Taft’s Brewporium Spring Garden Market between 11:30 am and 5:00 pm on March 9 to get everything you need to welcome the spring season,” she says. At the market she’ll be teaching a succulent class, offering garden tips, and selling indoor house plants potted in unique, recycled planters.
Matthews adds that The Flower Lady OTR will be at the Springtime Celebration hosted by Cincy Chic and Watson’s on March 14. The event will include wine tastings, al fresco cooking demos, centerpiece-building, wreath-making stations, and a color/fabric pairing workshop.
The Flower Lady OTR will also be at Cincinnati’s Earth Day Celebration at Summit Park in Blue Ash on April 27 where she will be offering gardening tips and selling flower crowns.
To learn more about The Flower Lady, visit www.theflowerladyotr.com. You can also check out her monthly blog, follow along on Instagram, or give her a “like” on the Facebook pages The Flower Lady OTR or Over the Rhine People’s Garden