ABOUT KATIE DAVIS (Creator of Ponderosa & Thyme) 

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 florist 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 floral designers from across the globe, hungry for community and like minded friendship, attending Ponderosa Workshops (see our Testimonials). We have seen people take huge strides in both their businesses and their personal lives after attending the workshops and we really feel. Ponderosa & Thyme helps people to dream bigger and push harder creatively through the encouragement and feedback of an intimate workshop community.


Ponderosa & Thyme is excited to announce the opening the Ponderosa Flower School, starting January 2019! While we will continue to travel to find like hearted creatives around the world, we are excited to establish permanent home base in our hometown of Salem, Oregon. Our courses offer Ponderosa Flower School Certificates signed by Katie Davis upon successful course completion.


FLORISTRY 101: Intro to Floristry

This course is designed specifically for the individual just starting out who wants to explore what it could look like to create a career around the art of floral design. Often the early stages of starting a career and learning all of the details can feel overwhelming, but we’ll help make them attainable and help strip away the fear that can stop you in your tracks. This covers a wide variety of arrangement types and lecture topics that will help someone step into florals in a shop setting, or to provide a strong line of initial offerings to potential clients.

FLORISTRY 201: Career & Artistry

Building on basic techniques and skill, this course is designed for the florist who has mastered the beginner basics and wants to dive deeper in to the art of floral design, and become a designer that creates from the heart and soul, while running a fulfilling  career and/or a successful business. We will teach you practical skills to build and run your business and career out of a place of love and internal confidence instead of fear and comparison, and work with you to help discover and uncover your very own creative voice within the floral industry. This course empowers each student to create a new unique body of artistic work under the supportive creative environment fostered by Ponderosa & Thyme.


Exhilarating, life giving, life changing. Our Ponderosa Workshop is the driving force and passion behind the Ponderosa Team. We love to see lives (and businesses) 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 give 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 life long 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.


ITALY | at Castello di Potentino | June 6-10, 2019

ENGLAND | at Butley Priory | July 11-15, 2019

FRANCE | at Chateau de Courtomer | September 26-30, 2019