Katie is an international florist based in the heart of the Willamette Valley near Portland Oregon. Best known for her textural designs inspired by nature, Katie uses the most luxurious and beautiful flowers available while incorporating locally foraged, unique and sensory plants into each arrangement for a visually breathtaking experience.
Her design aesthetic could be best described as playful, romantic, herb-y and fragrant. Besides periodically creating florals for weddings, Katie and her team host incredible workshops worldwide for florists and other creatives to explore the art of floral design and creative process.
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 the depth. The response has been amazing! Floral designers from across the globe, hungry for community and like minded friendship have come to our classes and the outcome has been humbling and beautiful. We’ve seen people take huge strides in their businesses and personal/artist lives after attending the workshops and we really feel that people have been given permission to dream bigger and push harder creatively due to the encouragement and feedback from the intimate workshop community.
PONDEROSA MASTER CLASS - 1 Day
A great introductory course to the Ponderosa Workshop experience. You’ll be able to join us for a full day of focused floral education and new flower friendship. For florists, creatives and hobbyists of all levels, this is an excellent opportunity to explore the world of floral design and a great option for floral teams to attend. Class sizes vary for these courses depending on the venue, but all are beautiful, joyful and uniquely Ponderosa & Thyme.
BRIDAL BOUQUET INTENSIVE - 2 Days
Our bridal bouquet intensive is two full days full of flower AMAZINGNESS! This class is dedicated to the art of creating over the top, incredibly beautiful bridal bouquets while discovering the process of finding your own personal creative flow within that medium. During the first day we will create a large and dramatic editorial bouquet and then later we'll learn how to make a scaled-down “real bride” version perfect for building your wedding portfolio. We use a similar format for the two-day floral intensive, which will typically cover a bouquet and a secondary topic, like compotes, or table centerpieces.
PONDEROSA WORKSHOP - 4 Days
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 venerable path of learning and friendship.