Midwest transplant Hilary Horvath moved to Portland over a decade ago, bringing her love for locally sourced flowers, and a keen eye for creating one-of-a-kind arrangements along with her. By nurturing relationships with local farmers and growers, Hilary offers a rotating selection of fresh, vibrant flowers for all occasions. You can admire her flowers here at Dossier, where we often pepper the Co-Conspirator‘s arrangements throughout the hotel, or swing by her shop for a peek into her wild, floral world.
We caught up with her to get the inside scoop on her business, and her favorite places to find native flowers.
What makes Oregon a great state for flower-finding?
The moderate winters, long days of sunlight in the summer, the access to water, and excellent soil make it an ideal environment for growing wonderful flowers.
What is your favorite month for seeing flowers in the state?
I love the spring when everything is bursting with goodness- all the flowering trees (especially dogwood), peonies and lilacs with garden roses and sweet peas close behind!
What are your 4 favorite flowers that you can see in the summer?
- Garden roses—For their fragrance and ephemeral blousy-ness. You can find them in the Washington Park International Rose Test Garden and at Joy Creek Nursery.
- Dahlias—I love the variety of colors–from the muted tones of Cafe Au Lait, to the peach sorbet of Jowey Winnie. You can find organic ones at Our Table Farm.
- Cosmos—I love their airy, carefree sweetness. They remind me of a summer breeze, especially the Xanthos variety. Organic ones can be found at Our Table Farm.
- Sweet peas—they smell like candy and what could be better than a big bunch of those on your table?! My friend Yara at Oak Grove Garden grows the best ones!