Sarah Munford, The New Leaf

My worlds collided late in 2016, when I got to interview a florist for Distinction magazine. Sarah and Laurel are close to my heart: They do so much for our community and they’ve been inspirational advocates for marriage equality. I’m proud to know them and so happy to have had the chance to talk with them about their business.

“Our work is still a feelings business. Customers come in to pick up a boutonnière or a corsage, and I look up and say, ‘Oh my gosh! I remember when your dad was in here for his wedding. You’re as tall as he was.’

After all these years, Laurel and I understand how to work with each other pretty well. She’s quiet and contemplative, detail-oriented. I’m the one who whips up the arrangements. We balance each other. When we aren’t working, we’re fishing, water-skiing, gardening — watching the sun set on Craney Island from our backyard. It’s paradise.”

Originally published at on February 19, 2017. You can read the full interview at the link. Thanks!

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