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Lori Himes

January 2020, Member of the Month

Walkersville’s Award-Winning Floral Designer

Lori is the owner of Abloom Ltd with more than 30 years of experience in the floral industry. A frequent presenter at regional and national conferences, she has served as a principal designer at high-profile events such as the Philadelphia Flower Show and Mardi Gras Week in New Orleans among many other awards, memberships and affiliations.

Question and Answer Session

For our Q&A session, our current members submit questions to ask the member of the month. They are a mix of business, personal and random questions.

WBPA: What do you like to do in your spare time?

Lori Himes:  “Spare time is rare, but when I do have some, I like to read mysteries, romances, and biographies. I also like to create floral arrangements for my home and listen to recorded books at the same time. The best of both worlds.”

WBPA: What’s your favorite quote from a TV show/movie/book?

Lori Himes:  “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets their wings”

WBPA: What was your first job? What do you remember most about your first job?

Lori Himes:   “My first job was working on our family farm. For $100 a month that was put into a savings account for when I turned 18, I milked cows, raised calves, unloaded hay wagons, fed cattle, mowed acres of grass. This started when I was about 10 or 11. The baby calves would bawl when they saw a school bus go by because they thought I was coming home to feed them. A good life and lots of lessons that taught me to figure things out on the spot. A good prep for the floral biz!”

WBPA: What do you like most about your job?

Lori Himes:  “Every day is different, sometimes it changes from minute to minute. It keeps me on my toes and always thinking.”

WBPA: What’s the career highlight you’re most proud of?

Lori Himes:   “Being inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers. It is the equivalent of a masters degree in the floral industry. It took me 27 years to work up the nerve to test, and I passed on the first try. It has been 10 incredible years of inspiration and camaraderie with some very talented designers.”

Lori Himes, January 2020 Member of the Month

WBPA: What’s your favorite part of the workday?

Lori Himes:  “The later afternoon, after every one has gone and I can get down to some uninterrupted creating. My creative self wakes up about 3pm. ”

WBPA: What’s your favorite hobby? What could you spend hours doing and love it?

Lori Himes:   “Flowers, obviously…but I do like to sew and garden, and travel”

WBPA: What is your favorite flower and why?

Lori Himes:   “Guess I have to answer this one…So many…Lilac is the number one. It reminds me of home on the farm and my Mom. I have a bush that came from hers, which came from the home farm, which came from her home before that. More precious than gold.”

WBPA:  Who would play you in the movie of your life?

Lori Himes: “Sandra Bullock…she does the slightly clutsy, sometimes socially awkward, guys best friend role really well, but still is feminine and vulnerable emotionally, yet strong. And she’s funny.”

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