Mary Fisher, owner of Cultus Bay Nursery on South Whidbey Island, and her daughter Brita (who has worked at my two favorite florists in Seattle, Fleurish and Marigold and Mint) are accomplished and inspired flower arrangers.
They make some of the most beautiful country-casual, color-sophisticated wedding bouquets I've ever seen. So when I agreed to do a signing at Cultus Bay to benefit Whidbey Island Nourishes (a charity that feed hungry young people), I volunteered to point out plants with bouquet potential if Mary and Brita would demonstrate how they work their flower magic.
Throw in refreshments, a rural island setting, charming outbuildings, and one of the best small nurseries around, and you have the plan for my book signing on Saturday, May 19, from 1 - 3:30 p.m. at Cultus Bay Nursery. The Nursery is down one of those fabulous, winding, island lanes at the South end of the island not far from the ferry - 7568 Cultus Bay Road, Clinton. The phone number is 360-579-2329.
Here's how Mary describes the afternoon she has planned for us: "The day will be fun filled as well as educational! Brita Fisher, who grew up at the nursery, will come lend her artistic talents to the day. A party of this sort would not be complete without some tasty nibbles and beverages! We will be treated to the incredible talents of Kris Phillips - one of W.I.N.'s famous chefs. The general schedule is: arranging from 2:00 - 3:00 with book signing before and after that time. Of course this is the idea but we are a fluid bunch so it will unfold as it does!"
All the profits from book sales will go to Whidbey Island Nourishes, and 10% of the plant sales on Saturday will also go to W.I.N. Hope to see you on Saturday....