We had the good fortune of connecting with Kathryn Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kathryn, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Flowers formed many of my earliest memories. Blooms served as a source of tradition in my family. Every summer, my mom would take my sister and me to our local plant nursery to carefully select which shades of lantana, zinnias and salvia would adorn the front porch pots and backyard garden. My grandmother had the greenest thumb of anyone I’ve ever known. She could pinch any plant, vine, or flower with her gentle aged hands and get it to root. From anticipating tulips and daffodils in the spring to strolling through fields of Rocky Mountain wildflowers in summer, I always felt a great sense of contentment when surrounded by flowers. I didn’t plan for an artistic career and have a difficult time considering myself an artistic person. My first career was in Medicine. After four years of college, two years of post-baccalaureate classes, and three years of medical school, I was finally pursuing what I thought was my dream job- a life in medicine as a Board Certified Physician Assistant. Truly, it was all I had ever imagined myself doing, until one day it wasn’t.

In the Fall of 2019, I transitioned from Hand and Limb Reconstruction Surgery to the Emergency Department at Colorado’s largest Level 1 Trauma Center. The months that followed held some of my most challenging days I’ve encountered as the COVID-19 Pandemic reached Denver. My days were filled with ever changing protocols and circumstances, low morale, and fear. As a result, I strived to create joy in my life in any way I could, which mostly consisted of spending my days off arranging flowers. I first realized the depth that flowers nourished my soul in 2014 during medical school as I worked professionally for a local florist as a floral designer. Over the past 7 years, I have designed floral installations for weddings of friends and family, baby and bridal showers and a few things in-between. I noticed how much joy I experienced from the creative process through the relief of working with my hands in a different way- cutting stems, stripping leaves and trimming bruised petals. I had freedom to create and knew that if I didn’t like it, I could just take the flowers out of the vase and start over. Best of all- no one was dying.

As I stood shoulder to shoulder with some of the greatest medical providers I knew, I was faced with the reality that my spirit and resiliency had dwindled to dying leaves. I needed to make a change. So I took several months off from medicine to soul search. Over the many months, I found myself consistently arranging flowers. Blooms and blossoms continued to be my guide as my mind and spirit found their way out of the darkness. After many months of contemplating how to create a sustainable source of joy in my life, I decided to transform my hobby and passion project into a business. And Larkspur Lane Floral Co. was born. True to my roots, it’s named after the street I grew up on in Vail, Colorado, and represents where my love for nature began, my family grew closer together, and my soul rests.

While I still have a career in medicine, it now plays a much smaller role in my life. Larkspur Lane Floral Co. is my passion and my business. Every part of the journey has been incredible- from designing my own website, to collaborating with industry friends, and receiving endless support from my family and friends. The greatest joy of starting this business is getting to meet people, hear their stories, and design beautiful floral arrangements for them. It is my greatest hope flowers bring others the same joy, sunshine and peace they bring to me. This process has proven to be continually fulfilling and I am amazed at the depth of life it has given me. I am excited to see where this adventure goes and to learn how I grow along the way.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
One of my favorite parts of this journey is that every member of my team has had a prior professional career. From medical providers and counselors to financial consultants, but all of us share in common our love for blooms. Our love for flora and fauna unites us in our mission to spread joy and bring others together. Larkspur Lane Floral Co. believes in supporting individuals, our community and our state. We work with local flower growers and breeders that support sustainability practices, partner with small businesses and curate custom events to join communities together.

We are most excited to expand our workshops to involve other local artist and businesses. We have planned a Fall and Winter wreath workshop and candle class with live music featuring a local artist. We recently hosted a Build-Your-Own-Bouquet event for an apartment complex and their residents that had a photography station, as well as live music from Vail Artist, Laura Miller.

The easy part of starting my business is the floral arranging. The business side of things have been quite challenging- from choosing how to register my business to getting the appropriate liability insurance, there are nuances of business that medical school never taught me. Luckily, I have an business savvy husband, as well as friends who are willing to lend me their legal and accounting advice. As I’ve said, no one achieves anything alone.

What I would love the world to know about my brand is that if you can dream it, we can do it! We love challenging mechanics and installations, creative floral design and collaborating with fellow vendors to create dreamy events. Larkspur Lane Floral Co. aims to meet all your floral dream, both big and small. From a baby sprinkle and garden party brunches to full service weddings, we want to bring beautiful and elegant floral arrangements to your space.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Denver is constantly changing from growth and pandemic changes, which makes it fun and challenging to have consistent spots. Given my affinity for flowers and nature, I am a standing member of the Denver Botanic Garden. Lather on the sunscreen and head towards the garden! Though it might seem best to go there in spring or summer, their fall pumpkin patch and winter light festival are exceptional.

My forever favorite will always be Union Station, but must be at night and during the summer. The glow of the neon lights backlit by the railway and baseball stadium lights is utterly magical. The Crawford hotel has overflowing flower boxes on the patio and it feels like a concrete jungle oasis. Then to enter the building and be taken to a 50’s style decor with bar top shuffle board, pool tables and bar hall dining completes the entertainment and ambience.

A trip to Denver in the summer is never complete without a stop at Pearl St. Farmers Market. My favorite way to start is with a pastry from Tokyo Bakery and then meander my way through selecting Colorado’s finest peaches and produce, visit Mile High Fungi for some chanterelles and oyster mushrooms and snag some roasted hatch green chilis on the way out.

Though I don’t consider myself a foodie, I do enjoy delicious dining. My favorite places to take visitors to is Bull & Bush Brewery, Locanda Del Borgo and La Merise. Bull & Bush will satisfy your local brew and pub craving and has a great German-style restaurant atmosphere. Locanda Del Borgo is not far from my home and is my go to for hand-made pastas and brick oven pizza. A meal there is like dining in Italy with the smell of fresh pasta sauces spilling from the kitchen. La Merise is my favorite spot for brunch and lunch. Their take on French cuisine is refreshing and delightful and they make my favorite Nicoise salad.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
“No one achieves anything alone”. Where to begin thanking others- My sister, Laura Miller, has been my greatest source of support in starting this business and growing it. She is my marketing and PR guru, artist networking agent, and floral assistant. Additionally, my fellow PA and healthcare warrior, Hannah Martin, serves as my floral assistant and day-of lead coordinator. She is the most compassionate individual I know and has come to my rescue from medical training to floral shipping snafus. I am thankful for the mentorship of my wedding photography friend, Allison Dobbs. Allison has graciously photographed my work and helped me build my portfolio as well as introduce me to fellow vendors. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Poppy and Pine Floral Co for formalizing my professional floral training in Colorado. Lastly, my family and friends who have donated their graphic design and calligraphy skills, photo editing talents, moral support and loving me through this journey.

Website: https://www.larkspurlanefloralco.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/larkspurlanefloralco/

Image Credits
Please credit photos to Allison Dobbs Photography and Run Wild With Me Photography

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