Episode 337: Fortunate Orchard’s Hannah Morgan, printmaker to floral artist

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Episode 337: Fortunate Orchard’s Hannah Morgan, printmaker to floral artist

Love this adorable pic of Hannah Morgan, snapped at one of her workshops for The Field Trip Society It’s wonderful to turn the page, post-Valentine’s Day, and focus on the soon-to-arrive spring season. When I visited today’s guest just last week, her front garden border displayed gorgeous hellebores in full bloom, and lots of the trees were already budding and ready to unfurl. Despite a still chilly and wet climate, we still see sections of gorgeous blue sky behind the parting clouds and the always welcome rare ray of sunshine. The place I visited is called Fortunate Orchard , and it is home to a floral studio and garden situated in a quiet corner of south Seattle. Owner and lead designer Hannah Morgan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in one hand and a pair of pruning shears in the other. Her designs are deeply rooted in the seasons of the Pacific Northwest and she sources primarily from the West Coast — often from the Fortunate Orchard garden, steps away from her work table. Hanna’s “Fortunate Orchard” garden at the peak of the season! Using blooms and branches grown nearby ensures that her designs are unique, of this place and a bit wild. She has built a team of makers and doers who contribute their own expertise to each project, bringing creative and ambitious designs to fruition for events large and small. Fortunate Orchard collaborates with clients who exalt in the natural world and who embrace unorthodox, unexpected beauty. Hanna with her recent plant installation at the new Floret restaurant at the Seattle Tacoma International Airport A beautiful arrangement at Lark Restaurant in Seattle. Hannah has a keen understanding of the types of floral installations required by restaurants and eateries, which is how she actually caught my attention a few years ago when Bruce and I enjoyed an anniversary meal at Lark , one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier, artisan-focused restaurants. As you hear us discuss, Hannah was the restaurant’s accidental florist who was tapped for filling large vases on the hostess table and elsewhere, perhaps because everyone there knew of her amazing and eclectic city garden. Three years later, Hannah is creating a distinct niche for herself and I am so pleased we were able to sit down at her kitchen table, share a cup of tea and talk flowers, floral design, developing one’s aesthetic and style. Learn more about Hannah and her artistic philosophy in this video interview (above) that I conducted with her last year at the Slow Flowers Creative Workshop held with Anne Bradfield of Floressence and documentary videographer Jason Miller . A seasonal peony arrangement a la Fortunate Orchard’s semi-wild aesthetic. Find Hannah at these social places so you can follow along as the season unfolds for Fortunate Orchard . Take a class from Hannah at The Field Trip Society . The Slow Flowers Podcast has been downloaded more than 285,000 times by listeners like you. Thank you for downloading, listening, commenting and […]