A Blossoming Success

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

It was a busy weekend for florists and one at Sweet Williams, a flower shop in Fishersville, has earned national recognition for her sweet creations.

Sometimes you have to take time to smell the roses. Or in Shelby Alexander's case- place them carefully.

"The florist industry, when it gets in your blood, you can't get away from it," said Alexander. "So, I have been doing it probably since 1972."

She got her feet wet while growing up by training in Waynesboro flower shops.

"I think God put me on earth to do this," she said.

And her calling has blossomed since then- she's getting national attention for her wedding designs.

In the latest Florists Review magazine- two of her wedding arrangements earned recognition.

She was the only florist to land two spots- out of 1600 entries.

"It's quite an honor for a small town like Fishersville to be recognized twice on the same magazine and also last year too," said Becky Leach, the owner of Sweet Williams.

"I feel very satisfied and gratified and proud of myself," Alexander added.

And happy to have pleased so many people doing something she loves to do.

"It's really a god-given talent," she explained. "It's really the only thing I know how to do well. Some people sew, some people quilt, I do flower arranging."

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