Ponderosa & Thyme creates experiences and opportunities centered around creativity, authenticity, and personal growth.
We work to create a supportive and inspiring environment that is immersive, intimate, beautiful, and warm. An environment where people can be truly present and connect honestly with themselves and others, in their pursuit of artistic expression and a sustainable life.
Floristry, floral design, is the artistic medium founder Katie Davis uses to facilitate these experiences.
Katie Davis is an internationally acclaimed florist based in Salem, Oregon, the heart of the Willamette Valley. Since founding Ponderosa & Thyme in 2011, Katie has become known for her textural designs inspired by nature. Her floral designs use the most luxurious and beautiful flowers available while incorporating locally foraged, unique, and sensory plants into each arrangement. The result is a visually breathtaking experience.
Katie's design aesthetic could be best described as playful, romantic, herb-y, and fragrant. In addition to creating florals for intimate weddings, Katie and her team host incredible workshops worldwide for florists and other creatives to explore the art of floral design. Ponderosa & Thyme continues to offer wedding and event services, specializing in intimate and heartfelt experiences.
With a heart for education, Katie has been teaching floral design since 2014, serving clients across the globe. Flowers are a language of their own, and while teaching in English, Katie is able to cross cultures with her thoughtful and emotional approach. Just as comfortable teaching the basics as she is pushing experienced professionals to expand their creative boundaries, Katie loves to help people grow, discover, and connect.
Ponderosa Workshops were created with the intention of creating a safe place for artists to grow and find their authentic voice using the medium of floral design.
Katie saw a need in the floral community for supportive education that really gave time to focus on the artistry of the craft, going beyond mechanics, and looking for depth. The response has been humbling and beautiful, with hundreds of floral designers from across the globe, attending Ponderosa Workshops (see our Testimonials), and registering for the Ponderosa Classroom Online, hungry for community, education, and like minded friendship, many of our students have taken huge strides in the industry and achieved personal goals.
Ponderosa & Thyme helps people to dream bigger and push harder creatively through the encouragement and feedback of an intimate workshop community. We have decided to expand our offerings through a brick and mortar location in our beautiful hometown of Salem, Oregon.
The Ponderosa Classroom is designed to be a safe space for anyone seeking to explore their creativity, build community, and expand their skills and knowledge in the flower world and beyond!
We offer a selection of one-day and two-day intensive sessions that focus on specific skills, techniques and designs to facilitate artistic expression in floral design. Our in-person sessions are designed specifically for those individuals with a love of flowers that are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the art of floral design. We offer classes for all skill levels, whether you're at the beginning of your journey with flowers, or an experienced florist looking to dive deeper into your art, this is the place to learn to become a designer that creates from the heart and soul. During each session, we will teach you practical skills to grow and pursue your goals out of a place of love and internal confidence, instead of fear and comparison. Katie is excited to work with you to help you discover and uncover your very own artistic voice within the creative world!
Join Ponderosa & Thyme Community Classes to explore your creativity in a fun and supportive environment. These classes are intended for anyone who wants to join us for a few hours to play with flowers and connect with other. No prior floral experience necessary. Guests will get to take home their creations to enjoy!
PONDEROSA WORKSHOP RETREATS | Closed for 2020
Exhilarating, life giving, life changing. We love to see lives transformed by the power of encouragement and community, and that’s why we do what we do.
We handpick incredible venues from all over the globe to inspire our creative process and to share a once in a lifetime experience with like minded creatives.
During our time in these beautiful retreat settings we spend unforgettable days and nights creating lifelong friendships. Together we create incredible floral art using luxurious amounts of time, eat wonderful meals, and rejuvenate our hearts while we learn (and re-learn!) the art of floral design amongst nature, architecture and history that inspire.
As a group we dig deep into the heart of creativity, remembering and reminding ourselves why we chose flowers in the first place and we encourage each other in the process of finding our place and our voice in the world as floral artists.
These workshops will challenge and inspire you, and if you come with an open heart you will be changed. Not by magic, but by being around the incredible community of like minded souls that bravely choose the vulnerable path of learning and friendship.