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Stephanie's Secret Garden

Poolesville , MD
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Willow Pond Farm, 15115 Mount Nebo Road
Poolesville, MD US 20837 (map)

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301-349-4050

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Stephanie's Secret Garden Flower Shop is located on a small family farm in Poolesville, Md., where many of the flowers, herbs and greens used at the shop are grown . The shop specializes... Read more
Stephanie's Secret Garden Flower Shop is located on a small family farm in Poolesville, Md., where many of the flowers, herbs and greens used at the shop are grown . The shop specializes in the unusual and different...rustic, chic and vintagey styles are a favorite and weddings are definitely a specialty, along with any and all events.

Complete floral design and decor services are provided for your event no matter the size or location, and we have no minimum budget amount required. The Secret Garden has done weddings from Baltimore, Maryland down to Warrenton, Virginia.

Stephanie's Secret Garden is a preferred vendor for several close to Poolesville and Montgomery County venues...The Comus Inn, Stronghold Mansion at Sugarloaf Mountain, as well as Montgomery Parks and their five wedding/event venues.

We welcome all inquiries and consultations at your convenience, and they are always free. The shop also provides complimentary samples of the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets and table centerpieces.

Many brides are choosing to do part of their wedding flowers themselves, such as their centerpieces , and we are happy to sell you the loose flowers to do this, as well as provide mini classes at our shop for these DIY projects! Bring your bridesmaids, moms, and sisters and make a pre- wedding girls night evening or Saturday afternoon event of it.!! Read less
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Do you offer free or for charge consultations?
Free
Do you provide free or for charge sample arrangements?
Free
Do you offer delivery, set up, and breakdown services?
Breakdown, Delivery, Setup

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I loved working with Stephanie. Our wedding was rustic, at a barn, with close friends and family. I wanted our flowers to work with that feeling, not compete or try to overwhelm. Stephanie worked with my ideas and came up with beautiful plans. Our bouquets were gorgeous! She also ordered grasses and flowers for me so I could DIY my centerpieces. I highly recommend Stephanie's Secret Garden!
I loved working with Stephanie. Our wedding was rustic, at a barn, with close friends and family. I wanted our flowers to Read more...
I loved working with Stephanie. Our wedding was rustic, at a barn, with close friends and family. I wanted our flowers to work with that feeling, not compete or try to overwhelm. Stephanie worked with my ideas and came up with beautiful plans. Our bouquets were gorgeous! She also ordered grasses and flowers for me so I could DIY my centerpieces. I highly recommend Stephanie's Secret Garden! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
2.1/5.0
Stephanie's bouquets, corsages, and boutineers were beautiful from the start, and you can tell she knows the flower industry and has skill.

The centerpieces went through a couple revisions - the final centerpieces on the day of were beautiful, but the 2 drafts had my mom and I wondering if we should forfeit our deposit, or decide to do the centerpieces ourselves. The first ones were a few little flowers haphazardly put into vases and a bowl. The second was some hydrangea stuffed into a bowl. Once she quoted about $2,000 for flowers, I suggested switching the orchids in the long glass vases with a cheap flower - she used stock flower in her sample, and somehow still quoted $45 each! She kept hedging about the price, and didn't give us a final estimate until weeks later, and sent it in typed in an email, and even had an error in it ($30x5 is $150, not $155). The other vendors I had all sent official looking contracts. She kept arguing with me about a flower I wanted being blue - to my eye it was a bluish-purple.

Meetings with her were 3 hours long and inefficient. Both meetings at her flower shop she had computer problems and we had to sit and wait while she tried to fix it. Rather than having bouquets or samples ready for us, we had to sit and watch her prepare them. When my mom, MIL, and I met with her at the church and at the reception (10 minute drive from the church), it was a long meeting from 6 to 9. Stephanie ignored my MIL completely - it's like she wasn't even there. And just when I thought we had talked over something to death, resolved it, and moved on, she brought it up again.

She messed up the church flower pews - we paid her to do 10 bunches of baby's breath, spaced every other pew (it was 10 pews on each side of the aisle). Instead she did one bunch every pew, going back 5 rows, making the flowers look all bunched up in front and the rest look sparse. Very uneven and not what we discussed.

Not sure how she won a Wedding Wire award.
Stephanie's bouquets, corsages, and boutineers were beautiful from the start, and you can tell she knows the flower Read more...
Stephanie's bouquets, corsages, and boutineers were beautiful from the start, and you can tell she knows the flower industry and has skill.

The centerpieces went through a couple revisions - the final centerpieces on the day of were beautiful, but the 2 drafts had my mom and I wondering if we should forfeit our deposit, or decide to do the centerpieces ourselves. The first ones were a few little flowers haphazardly put into vases and a bowl. The second was some hydrangea stuffed into a bowl. Once she quoted about $2,000 for flowers, I suggested switching the orchids in the long glass vases with a cheap flower - she used stock flower in her sample, and somehow still quoted $45 each! She kept hedging about the price, and didn't give us a final estimate until weeks later, and sent it in typed in an email, and even had an error in it ($30x5 is $150, not $155). The other vendors I had all sent official looking contracts. She kept arguing with me about a flower I wanted being blue - to my eye it was a bluish-purple.

Meetings with her were 3 hours long and inefficient. Both meetings at her flower shop she had computer problems and we had to sit and wait while she tried to fix it. Rather than having bouquets or samples ready for us, we had to sit and watch her prepare them. When my mom, MIL, and I met with her at the church and at the reception (10 minute drive from the church), it was a long meeting from 6 to 9. Stephanie ignored my MIL completely - it's like she wasn't even there. And just when I thought we had talked over something to death, resolved it, and moved on, she brought it up again.

She messed up the church flower pews - we paid her to do 10 bunches of baby's breath, spaced every other pew (it was 10 pews on each side of the aisle). Instead she did one bunch every pew, going back 5 rows, making the flowers look all bunched up in front and the rest look sparse. Very uneven and not what we discussed.

Not sure how she won a Wedding Wire award. Read less
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Stephanie's Secret Garden responded with the following comments:

This negative review is based on a great deal of erroneous information. It should first be noted that the bride thought her wedding flowers were beautiful though, which is really the bottom line. Everyone wants their wedding to be beautiful, and the florists in this case worked very hard and with a great deal of patience to accomplish this on a very minimal budget allocation for the flowers. All the meetings which were thought to be a waste of time were done at no charge for flowers, supplies or time-which was considerable. Only one meeting at the shop (along with an on site meeting) would have been necessary if the bride hadn't changed her mind several times along the way, and requested new samples to be made..all done graciously and at no charge, neither for the bouquets or the centerpiece samples. She had a budget of less than $25.00 per table for most of her centerpieces, which even the most resourceful florist would be hard pressed to work with...yet we did it and did it beautifully as she herself said. Samples were not done ahead of time because most brides like to have input and watch the process. She had sent numerous emails of ideas she had and pictures she had found...all of which took much time to respond to. Besides the 3 meetings, we were asked to do new samples and email the pictures to the bride and her mother for review. Only 4/5 of the centerpieces were done at $45.00, and those used were a very specific variety of purple orchid that was special ordered. The balance of the centerpieces were less than $15.00 each which was a challenge but was accomplished. Church flowers were discussed and changed many times-- the pew flowers that were done at the wedding were EXACTLY as had been requested. This bride was treated respectfully and with utmost patience, which was not reciprocated; Any bride would be hard pressed to find a more talented florist to work this hard for so little in return, most notably, courtesy.
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Stacey
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Stephanie was awesome! She's very talented and was very accommodating to my budget and schedule. I ordered bouquets, boutonnieres, and loose flowers for centerpiece vases. I was able to pick up my flowers from Stephanie the day before the wedding and drop them off at the venue (Comus Inn) during the ceremony rehearsal. I was a little nervous that they would wilt by the next day, but they looked great! I loved my bouquets!
Stephanie was awesome! She's very talented and was very accommodating to my budget and schedule. I ordered bouquets, Read more...
Stephanie was awesome! She's very talented and was very accommodating to my budget and schedule. I ordered bouquets, boutonnieres, and loose flowers for centerpiece vases. I was able to pick up my flowers from Stephanie the day before the wedding and drop them off at the venue (Comus Inn) during the ceremony rehearsal. I was a little nervous that they would wilt by the next day, but they looked great! I loved my bouquets! Read less
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Jill
Wedding:
7/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Stephanie made us feel like family members. She was very warm and welcomin. She was patient and kind and didn't laugh at any of our dumb, novice questions. She even came up with inovative ways to help us save money on our tight budget. She was very flexible - she worked with our schedule and even offered to be up very early (outside of her usual business hours) to meet with us. She is easy going and has a great knowledge of what looks and smells just right for every event. We would HIGHLY recommend Stephanie to any of our friends and family.
Stephanie made us feel like family members. She was very warm and welcomin. She was patient and kind and didn't laugh at Read more...
Stephanie made us feel like family members. She was very warm and welcomin. She was patient and kind and didn't laugh at any of our dumb, novice questions. She even came up with inovative ways to help us save money on our tight budget. She was very flexible - she worked with our schedule and even offered to be up very early (outside of her usual business hours) to meet with us. She is easy going and has a great knowledge of what looks and smells just right for every event. We would HIGHLY recommend Stephanie to any of our friends and family. Read less
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scotia
Wedding:
7/27/2013
4.6/5.0
everything was done so well and turned out beautifully : )
everything was done so well and turned out beautifully : )
everything was done so well and turned out beautifully : ) Read less
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Corey
Wedding:
6/16/2013
5.0/5.0
I loved my flowers! Stephanie was great. I could tell that she wanted my bouquet and the rest of the flowers to be exactly how I wanted. She was very patient and asked a lot of questions to make sure everything was perfect. Here are some pictures: http://www.brooketysonphotography.com/2013/06/sneak-peek-corey-steve.html
I loved my flowers! Stephanie was great. I could tell that she wanted my bouquet and the rest of the flowers to be exactly Read more...
I loved my flowers! Stephanie was great. I could tell that she wanted my bouquet and the rest of the flowers to be exactly how I wanted. She was very patient and asked a lot of questions to make sure everything was perfect. Here are some pictures: http://www.brooketysonphotography.com/2013/06/sneak-peek-corey-steve.html Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
6/16/2013
5.0/5.0
I gave Stephanie a lot of freedom in designing the flower arrangements for my wedding and she did a wonderful job. She went above and beyond with all her personal touches. It was everything I wanted and all my guests made comments about how beautiful my flowers were. What I loved most about Stephanie was that she was not a huge business where I would get lost in the crowd. Everything was very personal and I never felt pressured or rushed. Stephanie is a very down to earth but professional florist and I would highly recommend her for weddings or any event!
I gave Stephanie a lot of freedom in designing the flower arrangements for my wedding and she did a wonderful job. She Read more...
I gave Stephanie a lot of freedom in designing the flower arrangements for my wedding and she did a wonderful job. She went above and beyond with all her personal touches. It was everything I wanted and all my guests made comments about how beautiful my flowers were. What I loved most about Stephanie was that she was not a huge business where I would get lost in the crowd. Everything was very personal and I never felt pressured or rushed. Stephanie is a very down to earth but professional florist and I would highly recommend her for weddings or any event! Read less
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Marisa
Wedding:
5/11/2013
5.0/5.0
Both the bridesmaid bouquets and and my bouquet were unique and gorgeous!
Both the bridesmaid bouquets and and my bouquet were unique and gorgeous!
Both the bridesmaid bouquets and and my bouquet were unique and gorgeous! Read less
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M
Wedding:
5/11/2013
5.0/5.0
Stephanie did my brother's fall wedding a few years ago and the flowers were unique and beautiful. When planning for our son's wedding I urged his fiancee to go with Stephanie's Secret Garden. With one thing and another we didn't get to it in a timely fashion, arranging for an appointment the week before the wedding which also happened to be the day before Mother's Day. Stephanie not only fit us in, she did it most graciously and the flowers were perfect.
Stephanie did my brother's fall wedding a few years ago and the flowers were unique and beautiful. When planning for our Read more...
Stephanie did my brother's fall wedding a few years ago and the flowers were unique and beautiful. When planning for our son's wedding I urged his fiancee to go with Stephanie's Secret Garden. With one thing and another we didn't get to it in a timely fashion, arranging for an appointment the week before the wedding which also happened to be the day before Mother's Day. Stephanie not only fit us in, she did it most graciously and the flowers were perfect. Read less
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George
Wedding:
4/19/2013
5.0/5.0
We live in Florida and our daughter lives in Poolesville, MD. My wife likes to send flowers to our daughter several times throughout the year on special occasions and we always selected Stephanie's Secret Garden to provide the flowers. Every order has been perfect in every way. So, when our daughter told us she was getting married, we knew who to contact to make the flower arrangements. All Stephanie needed from us was: the color of the gown and dresses, the choice of flowers and the delivery location. She then worked her magic. Stephanie sent us photos of various flowers and vases to choose from on line. It could not have been more convenient. The end result was a work of art.
We live in Florida and our daughter lives in Poolesville, MD. My wife likes to send flowers to our daughter several times Read more...
We live in Florida and our daughter lives in Poolesville, MD. My wife likes to send flowers to our daughter several times throughout the year on special occasions and we always selected Stephanie's Secret Garden to provide the flowers. Every order has been perfect in every way. So, when our daughter told us she was getting married, we knew who to contact to make the flower arrangements. All Stephanie needed from us was: the color of the gown and dresses, the choice of flowers and the delivery location. She then worked her magic. Stephanie sent us photos of various flowers and vases to choose from on line. It could not have been more convenient. The end result was a work of art. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.7/5.0
Loved Stephanie's personality and her understanding that I wanted everything top notch but not "showy!"
Loved Stephanie's personality and her understanding that I wanted everything top notch but not "showy!"
Loved Stephanie's personality and her understanding that I wanted everything top notch but not "showy!" Read less
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Jamie
Wedding:
9/2/2012
4.8/5.0
Stephanie is one of the most creative people I have ever worked with. She is very patient, she answered every question we could think of and went above and beyond and expectation I had regarding our flowers. She and her assistant Linda made me sample flowers for the bride and bridal party and centerpieces. She spent countless hours with my mom and I designing our arrangements, and was able to pick out the best ideas.
I was a bit upset wedding day that my bouquet was different than what we had planned. But when I called to ask about it, I understood that the flowers that arrived that time of year for my bouquet came in looking off, so she substituted others that were similar. They looked great, and I'm happy she went ahead and switched them out.
Stephanie is one of the most creative people I have ever worked with. She is very patient, she answered every question we Read more...
Stephanie is one of the most creative people I have ever worked with. She is very patient, she answered every question we could think of and went above and beyond and expectation I had regarding our flowers. She and her assistant Linda made me sample flowers for the bride and bridal party and centerpieces. She spent countless hours with my mom and I designing our arrangements, and was able to pick out the best ideas.
I was a bit upset wedding day that my bouquet was different than what we had planned. But when I called to ask about it, I understood that the flowers that arrived that time of year for my bouquet came in looking off, so she substituted others that were similar. They looked great, and I'm happy she went ahead and switched them out. Read less
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Jenn
Wedding:
7/6/2012
4.9/5.0
Stephanie did such an amazing job with my wedding! She pays close attention to detail and had extremely good taste! I simply told her what I was looking for, what the theme of my wedding was and she did exactly what I wanted and more! It's fun working with someone who loves what they do! I highly recommend her!
Stephanie did such an amazing job with my wedding! She pays close attention to detail and had extremely good taste! I Read more...
Stephanie did such an amazing job with my wedding! She pays close attention to detail and had extremely good taste! I simply told her what I was looking for, what the theme of my wedding was and she did exactly what I wanted and more! It's fun working with someone who loves what they do! I highly recommend her! Read less
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Marni
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
Stephanie was thorough from start to finish. She carefully walked me through a variety of options, which really helped me create the simple elegant wedding that I really wanted. She was also sensitive to my price concerns and let me know when I could substitute a similar flower for a lower price. Throughout the process, Stephanie kept in close communication and never made me feel like I was bothering her. In the end, the flowers and decorations were absolutely perfect. The owner of my ceremony/reception venue said it was the nicest that the place had ever looked. By the way, I think one of the best parts of her service is that she sat down with me several weeks before the wedding and created sample bouquets (for the bride and bridesmaids) as well as a sample centerpiece at no extra cost. After taking them home with me and looking at them for a few days, I was able to suggest a few small changes and feel at ease that my venue would look beautiful on my wedding day.
Stephanie was thorough from start to finish. She carefully walked me through a variety of options, which really helped me Read more...
Stephanie was thorough from start to finish. She carefully walked me through a variety of options, which really helped me create the simple elegant wedding that I really wanted. She was also sensitive to my price concerns and let me know when I could substitute a similar flower for a lower price. Throughout the process, Stephanie kept in close communication and never made me feel like I was bothering her. In the end, the flowers and decorations were absolutely perfect. The owner of my ceremony/reception venue said it was the nicest that the place had ever looked. By the way, I think one of the best parts of her service is that she sat down with me several weeks before the wedding and created sample bouquets (for the bride and bridesmaids) as well as a sample centerpiece at no extra cost. After taking them home with me and looking at them for a few days, I was able to suggest a few small changes and feel at ease that my venue would look beautiful on my wedding day. Read less
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Carrie
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
The flowers that Stephanie put together were so stunning. Stephanie spent countless hours with me figuring out what I liked and wanted. I changed my mind so many times, and she never got frustrated with me, but just kept digging to see what it was I really wanted. My bouquet was prettier than I envisioned, and she made miniature bouquets for the mothers which were just as pretty (I actually would have been just as happy with the mother's bouquets if I was on a tight budget). Would recommend Stephanie in a heart beat.
The flowers that Stephanie put together were so stunning. Stephanie spent countless hours with me figuring out what I Read more...
The flowers that Stephanie put together were so stunning. Stephanie spent countless hours with me figuring out what I liked and wanted. I changed my mind so many times, and she never got frustrated with me, but just kept digging to see what it was I really wanted. My bouquet was prettier than I envisioned, and she made miniature bouquets for the mothers which were just as pretty (I actually would have been just as happy with the mother's bouquets if I was on a tight budget). Would recommend Stephanie in a heart beat. Read less
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jazzy
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
Stephanie was awesome to work with. She was mindful of our budget --- yet also our desire to have beautiful flower arrangements for the wedding. She accomplished both.
Stephanie was awesome to work with. She was mindful of our budget --- yet also our desire to have beautiful flower Read more...
Stephanie was awesome to work with. She was mindful of our budget --- yet also our desire to have beautiful flower arrangements for the wedding. She accomplished both. Read less
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Juliana Downey
Wedding:
6/10/2011
5.0/5.0
My flowers were classic, elegant, and yet still unique. I request a traditional calla lilly and deep red rose bouquet, and Stephanie's designs were exactly what I wanted and more. The little details were what impressed me the most. She's very knowledgable about the flower industry and I knew I could trust her in that area. During our meeting she was brainstorming about the little details she'd like to include and they ended up being what made the design so unique. From the ribbon she used to tie the flowers, the pearl pins she used to keep them in place, to the wrist bands she used for the mother's flowers--everything was beautiful and perfect. What wouldn't hesitate to use her services again or to recommend them.
My flowers were classic, elegant, and yet still unique. I request a traditional calla lilly and deep red rose bouquet, and Read more...
My flowers were classic, elegant, and yet still unique. I request a traditional calla lilly and deep red rose bouquet, and Stephanie's designs were exactly what I wanted and more. The little details were what impressed me the most. She's very knowledgable about the flower industry and I knew I could trust her in that area. During our meeting she was brainstorming about the little details she'd like to include and they ended up being what made the design so unique. From the ribbon she used to tie the flowers, the pearl pins she used to keep them in place, to the wrist bands she used for the mother's flowers--everything was beautiful and perfect. What wouldn't hesitate to use her services again or to recommend them. Read less
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GarlicQueen
Wedding:
11/7/2009
5.0/5.0
We contacted Stephanie when we made a last-minute decision (the week before) to order a bouquet, boutonniere and 2 flower arrangements for our wedding. She was very easy to work with despite being on a short timeframe. We met with her to discuss colors and types of flowers we liked, and gave her free rein on the creativity. She made beautiful arrangements using very creative materials (in addition to flowers - including chili peppers and fresh herbs), to fit within our budget. The arrangements still looked good a couple of weeks after the wedding. We highly recommend Stephanie's Secret Garden!
We contacted Stephanie when we made a last-minute decision (the week before) to order a bouquet, boutonniere and 2 flower Read more...
We contacted Stephanie when we made a last-minute decision (the week before) to order a bouquet, boutonniere and 2 flower arrangements for our wedding. She was very easy to work with despite being on a short timeframe. We met with her to discuss colors and types of flowers we liked, and gave her free rein on the creativity. She made beautiful arrangements using very creative materials (in addition to flowers - including chili peppers and fresh herbs), to fit within our budget. The arrangements still looked good a couple of weeks after the wedding. We highly recommend Stephanie's Secret Garden! Read less
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