Small Town Floral Designer Wins Big City Award
Franklin, Indiana. From a flower-loving farm girl, Pam Parker grew into a strong, business-savvy floral designer with big visions for her blooms. Now in her 30th year as the owner of JP Parker Flowers, Parker recently won the 2017 Annual Starkey Entrepreneurial Woman Award.
“At first, I didn’t even hear my name,” Parker said of the event, which took place at Meridian Hills Country Club in Indianapolis. “I was sitting there, thinking about my employees and all the places they were working that day. I was truly shocked that I won. I am so honored.”
Founded by Marti Starkey, the award highlights Hoosier women who start and operate their own successful business ventures. In the mid-1980s, Parker’s story began.
She established her company based at her family farm. The first brick and mortar store was based in Franklin.
Immediately, she made a much bigger name for herself when she was hired to provide Christmas décor at Union Station.
Since those beginning years, Parker has added a second shop downtown Indianapolis. She has provided floral design for the NFL during 2012 Super Bowl. Locally her company services many hotels, restaurants, and major events.
Those opportunities are important to her. However, longtime local customers, many of whom she has known for years, still mean the most, Parker said.
At home on the family farm, acres of peonies bloom every spring. By fall, rows and rows of sunflowers are ready for harvest.
Beautifully preserved, the family barn is now the icon of Indiana agriculture. Hosting farm to table events plus what Parker calls field to vase gatherings.
“Most of the time, flowers, families and friends go together,” Parker said. “At least in my world they do. Dirt under my fingernails goes with all of that, too.”
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