When Helen Rodriguez needed to reevaluate her plans of becoming a professional ballerina due to a heart condition, it allowed her to discover a passion for flowers. With the creation of Ever After Floral Design in Sunrise, Rodriguez is able to infuse her dance background into her new craft.
“When you design an arrangement, you are constantly thinking of the movement of each stem,” she notes. “The lines you create in your arrangements with your flowers give interest and depth to your work, much like a ballerina does with her body as she dances across the floor. I consider floral design to be just as much of a performance as ballet.”
While Rodriguez loves working with fresh flowers, she’s noticed the growing popularity of forever flowers (dried and preserved) as they outlast fresh by more than a year. During the holidays, an Ever After arrangement can be a great festive addition to a mantelpiece or dining console. “If you have space on your table, I would recommend a low centerpiece to keep the conversation flowing,” says Rodriguez, who also hosts in-person and virtual floral arrangement workshops for those interested in learning the art.