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BB Podcast Episode 35: Semia Dunne

“I can’t do everything and why would I want to? I’m surrounded by inspiring talented people who work here.”

-Semia Dunne | Flowers by Semia

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Semia Dunne of Flowers by Semia and The Floral Reserve

Today we’re visiting with Semia Dunne of Flowers by Semia and The Floral Reserve in Providence, Rhode Island to discuss:

  • the long winding educational path that eventually led her back to her love of flowers
  • how she’s grown a successful wedding and event floral design company over the last 19 years
  • the birth, successes and challenges of her passion project, The Floral Reserve
  • the unique location that houses her multi-faceted business
  • the various ways she utilizes her studio space
  • running a wedding floral studio in a popular destination wedding location
  • the importance and longevity of her talented team
  • how she fosters creative freedom with her team
  • the ease with which she’s learned to work with destination brides long-distance
  • her motivation for founding The Floral Reserve and the obstacles she’s had to overcome
  • her vision and execution of the physical space which houses The Floral Reserve

A colorful floral arrangement by Semia Dunne

Erin McGinn Photography

Mentioned in Ep. Thirty-Five with Semia Dunne:

Semia Dunne in a field of orange flowers

Farm Images: Tiffany Medrano

See more of Semia Dunne’s work:

Flowers by SemiaInstagram | Facebook | Pinterest

The Floral Reserve | Instagram | Facebook

Image: Kirsten Capron Stubbs

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BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee



  1. Loved this! Thank you for sharing, and thanks to Semia! <3

  2. Whitney says:

    Yet another wonderful podcast episode… Thank you for the work you are doing. I’ll admit that listening to podcasts is both inspiring to me but at times makes me feel inferior because I haven’t had the success that some of the speakers have. But your podcast is always inspiring and shows the true hard work and grit needed in the floral industry. Thanks for not just showing the pretty side and giving us all inspiration to push harder. I don’t have a lot of “flower friends” in my area. Like Semia has in her local wholesale industry, I have had push back from other designers in my area. Your podcast always feels like I am listening in with a conversation with flower friends. I am sure I’m not the only one that is truly grateful for that.

    • Amy McGee says:

      What an amazing compliment, Whitney! You touched on the heart and soul of this project for us – simply bringing the truth about the real lives of those in the flower industry. Some include the kind of grandeur that inspires, but most are inspiring for other reasons – mainly the hard work it takes and the challenges that always present themselves along the way. We can all relate to that 😉 Thanks for listening. It means so much to us! xo

  3. […] να βρεθεί εδώ. Μου άρεσαν επίσης πολύ τα επεισόδια Σεμί Ντουν, ιδιοκτήτης του The Flower Reserve, μιας «μπουτίκ χονδρικής» […]


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