I never dreamed of being a florist. Never thought I’d geek out over poppies, or network with farmers, or research articles on mid-century cascade bouquets. But it’s what happened. And here I am - posting this photo (arranged for Natalie Bowen Designs), obsessing over the grace and curve of that Passion Vine tendril. Nerd, man! But I could not be more pleased. I love the journey that has brought me here - to be the Head Bandit at Bud Botanical Banditry - and it’s a story rich and nuanced, albeit totally unplanned (by me, at least). And I value each and every twist and turn that resulted to where I am now - nothing was ever wasted and nothing was ever not a stepping stone. Alas, It’s a story for another time!