Designers

Sandra Kaiser –

Growing up in the floral business at Astra Florists since she was just 12 years old, Sandra has always had a passion for flowers and a deep appreciation for all living things. Sandra’s love affair with flowers has blossomed over the years as she has worked in all aspects of the floral business. Sandra had the good fortune to be able to nurture and grow her knowledge of flowers and her flair for design under the careful guidance of the several designers who passed through Astra Florists over the years.

A lifelong learner, Sandra is always on the lookout for new trends and styles and learns how to incorporate them into her own designs. Sandra is a member of Flowers Canada and the Canadian Academy of Floral Artists. Sandra’s down to earth demeanour and years of practical experience give her the gift of truly listening to and understanding what customers want.

Susan Sottile –
“Flowers are meant to convey so many things… my mission is to make sure they make the statement the client wants to express… I take those worries away.”

Susan found her calling early and has enjoyed a successful career in the floral industry for over 30 years. An unforgettable career highlight for her was the opportunity to design and create a bouquet which was presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Susan’s creativity and immaculate attention to detail are heightened by over twenty-five years of experience with Ikebana, a Japanese art of floral arranging in which nature and humanity are brought together. Ikebana often emphasizes areas of the plant other than the blooms including such parts as the stems and leaves; it draws emphasis toward shape, line and form. She has also taught classes and given demonstrations at the Japanese Cultural Center in Toronto. Susan is also a member of Flowers Canada.

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