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‘Wild and whimsical’ florist lands on the South Shore

Claire Cudahy
Andi Perry brought her floral business Twine & Dandy from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe.
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Perry uses chicken wire to hold the bouquets in place so that it’s easy to remove the flowers and re-trim the ends every few days.

“Once they are snipped, they eventually close and don’t drink as much water,” she said.

Replace with fresh water, and place the flowers in a cool part of the house to keep them alive longer.

For recent San Francisco transplant Andi Perry, a love of flowers started with weekends spent browsing nurseries and gardening with her mom. Fast-forward to today, and you’ll find Perry crafting one-of-a-kind arrangements in South Lake Tahoe using everything from massive dahlias and wild berries to foraged greenery and succulents.

“I used to paint mason jars and fill them with flowers and give them away to coworkers or friends for birthdays or special occasions,” said Perry. “Then people started asking if they could order them, so it snowballed into something larger.”

Back in San Francisco, Perry worked for another floral studio while growing Twine & Dandy on the side — but Perry found herself spending less time in the city and more time in Tahoe.

“We had a vacation home, and we were finding ourselves coming up three days a week, then four days a week, so we decided to move up full time,” explained Perry. “We love Tahoe. It’s a great place to be, and I thought it would be a good place for a business, too, with all of the destination weddings.”

Perry said bookings are coming in quickly for Twine & Dandy’s first wedding season here, but there are still a few openings.

“The brides that I work with are usually looking for something that is different than the traditional styling — they want a little more greenery and a little more of a wild and whimsical look, which is what Twine & Dandy does,” said Perry.

One of the brides Perry is working with has requested blueberries and lupines — both of which grow in her home state of Maine — in her floral arrangement.

“It’s about being able to incorporate things that spark a memory or an experience for them,” explained Perry.

Perry sources her flowers from a vendor in San Francisco, but also steps out into the woods to find touches that reflect the Tahoe landscape.

“I like to do a little foraging too, so stuff that I can find just around our house, like sagebrush,” said Perry.

In addition to floral arrangements, Perry also creates succulent bowls and wreathes.

“I’m working right now on a succulent wall that is going into a salon in Sacramento. It’s 4 feet by 2 feet,” explained Perry.

At present, Perry is working out of her home, but hopes to land Twine & Dandy a shop space soon so she can start hosting workshops.

“I’m really looking forward to getting the community involved in what I do,” she said.

Stay tuned: a flower delivery service paired with goodies like homemade chocolates and scones is also on the horizon.

To find out more about Twine & Dandy, visit http://www.twineanddandy.com.

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