On a city-sized lot that sat untouched for 100 years in Seattle’s South Park enclave, Carey Wendel, owner of Bleedfoot Florals, grows unexpected and beautiful botanicals for the shop’s seasonal arrangements.
Whether it’s blooms for an everyday bouquet, a full-service wedding or a large-scale custom installation, everything begins at Bleedfoot’s urban farm. Wendel and her team spend winters sourcing and sowing interesting new plants, so that everything they produce features a unique element they’ve raised themselves. This, Wendel says, allows them to infuse their designs with unusual and hard-to-find local blooms, all at their very best as far as color, scent and quality.
With a background in fine arts, horticulture and graphic design, Wendel brings a refreshing perspective to the event and flower industry. “My passions truly lie in matching people, places and plants together,” she explains. “Every plant and flower has its own charming character, delicate lines and subtle personality, and I love considering all of these elements when curating designs for our clients.”