Flower Season

What makes plants grow? When it’s a commercial flower shop, the answer is money and labor. Lots of luck helps.

This lady knows how it works. She learned it from her late mother who was the first woman in St. Louis to own a commercial flower shop. Her name was Nettie. When she started, the flower business was a closed club dominated by men. In the beginning, the wholesalers wouldn’t sell to her. Imagine that.

Nettie’s husband had to drive to Chicago to get their stock. It didn’t take long for the wholesalers to relent. Not because they suddenly attained enlightenment but because her store was a success.

The above portrait is of Nan. She was Nettie’s daughter and her childhood was spent in the flower shop. Eventually, Nan took over the family business. Her success was even greater than her mother’s. I took Nan’s portrait when the flower shop was at its peak.

She’s been gone since 2011 and I’m sure she’s still greatly missed by her family and friends. I feel lucky to have made her acquaintance.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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