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BB Podcast Episode 83: Kelly Shore

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Kelly Shore, owner of The Floral Source, wearing a yellow dress and black sweater and standing in a cutting garden

Today we’re visiting with Kelly Shore, owner of Petals by the Shore and The Floral Source in Damascus, Maryland. Kelly is a dedicated advocate for American grown flowers. Join us as we talk about:

  • why she set and later raised a minimum spend for her wedding/event clients
  • the importance of setting boundaries in business
  • the trip to Alaska that impacted her and led to a new business venture
  • how her clients have helped guide her business path
  • the relationship that ignited her passion for local grown flowers
  • the projects she conducted to test her local grown business model
  • learning to design by palette rather than specific flower variety
  • running a local-grown wedding and event floral business
  • the challenges and rewards of sourcing locally
  • how she curates boxes of American Grown flowers to drop ship to designers
  • the advantage of ordering local flowers for floral stem bars and pop up shops
  • understanding the higher price of local grown flowers

Bride and groom kissing while bride holds flower bouquet of peach and pink blooms made by Petals by the Shore and The Floral Source

Petals by the Shore | Manda Weaver Photography | Flowers grown by & sourced from: Grateful GardenersCut Flowers by Clear RidgeTwo Boots FarmHillen HomesteadPlant Masters  | M and M Plants  | Peterkort RosesMellano and Company


Petals by the Shore | Manda Weaver Photography | Marriage and Mimosas | Legends Romona Keveza | Rosewood Farms
Botanicals grown by: Plant MastersM and M PlantsResendiz Brothers | California Pajarosa Floral | Bloomia


Petals by the Shore: Website | Instagram | Facebook

The Floral Source: Website | Instagram | Facebook

A Year of American Grown Bouquets Project – The Flower Calendar

Bride holding a bouquet of yellow, peach, and hot pink American grown flowers designed by Petals by the Shore and The Floral Source

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Co-Hosts: Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha) and Maggie Bailey (Bramble & Bee)

BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Grayson McGee

Music & Voiceovers: Landon McGee

If you enjoyed this chat with Kelly, you might also enjoy our podcast interview with Ellen Frost. Click here to listen.



  1. Laura Williams says:

    That was so great to listen to! And I’m so proud of you for only using flowers from the USA!! There is no way I could of done that for my brides!


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