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Stephanie's Secret Garden

Poolesville , MD

LOCATION

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

PHONE

301-349-4050

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

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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INFO FOR FLOWERS

How would you describe the style of your floral designs?
Classic, Country, Eclectic, Romantic, Rustic, Vintage
Which of the following services do you provide?
Clean Up, Consultations, Delivery, Event Design, Samples, Set Up, Venue Visit
What types of arrangements do you provide?
Aisle Decor, Altar Decor, Bouquets, Boutonnieres, Chuppah Decor, Corsages, Flower Petals, Non-Floral, Single Flowers, Table Arrangements

REVIEWS

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Jennierose
Wedding:
10/30/2016
5.0/5.0
Stephanie was fantastic. Not only is she an incredible artist, but she was very flexible and open to my out of the box ideas. She was able to design beautiful pieces that fit in wedding vision while being respectful of our budget, and her knowledge of flowers is amazing. She even incorporated non-flower items such as willow branches, mercury glass, and peacock feathers to go along with our wedding "theme." Our wedding flowers and centerpieces turned out even more beautiful than I ever expected.
Working with Stephanie was a pleasure and I would recommend her to other brides looking for a fun and stress-free florist experience!
Stephanie was fantastic. Not only is she an incredible artist, but she was very flexible and open to my out of the box Read more...
Stephanie was fantastic. Not only is she an incredible artist, but she was very flexible and open to my out of the box ideas. She was able to design beautiful pieces that fit in wedding vision while being respectful of our budget, and her knowledge of flowers is amazing. She even incorporated non-flower items such as willow branches, mercury glass, and peacock feathers to go along with our wedding "theme." Our wedding flowers and centerpieces turned out even more beautiful than I ever expected.
Working with Stephanie was a pleasure and I would recommend her to other brides looking for a fun and stress-free florist experience! Read less
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Cassie
Wedding:
10/15/2016
4.9/5.0
Stephanie was absolutely amazing for my wedding! She has worked with Strong Mansion numerous times and knows the lay of the land (which is always helpful!). She really took the time to listen to my vision and helped me pick out budget friendly flowers and alternatives for season specific. We worked very closely with one another to pick out the perfect colors and even which flowers would be in those specific colors. I couldn't be more happy with how everything came out. LOVED my bouquet! So dreamy! She even called a few days before to let me know a specific flower did not come in well, but had a replacement. She always kept me informed with how everything was going!

My only suggestion to Stephanie is to create a simple spreadsheet or chart when giving quotes/estimates. I am definitely a Type A personality and like things organized, but it was hard to see overall everything I was paying for and making sure we didn't miss anything when it is sent in paragraphs via email. She does not do any contracts, just a deposit fee that holds your date - that did make me a little nervous (again Type A over here), but she is very reputable and is well known in the community so that put my mind at ease! Another suggestion I have is to keep the sample appointments a little shorter. It was really neat watching her put together bouquets and centerpieces and sit and chat, but 3 hours was a little excessive. It would have been nice if a few things were prepped before my Sister and I got there.

Overall I would absolutely choose Stephanie again to do my wedding and any other event! Amazing artist!!
Stephanie was absolutely amazing for my wedding! She has worked with Strong Mansion numerous times and knows the lay of Read more...
Stephanie was absolutely amazing for my wedding! She has worked with Strong Mansion numerous times and knows the lay of the land (which is always helpful!). She really took the time to listen to my vision and helped me pick out budget friendly flowers and alternatives for season specific. We worked very closely with one another to pick out the perfect colors and even which flowers would be in those specific colors. I couldn't be more happy with how everything came out. LOVED my bouquet! So dreamy! She even called a few days before to let me know a specific flower did not come in well, but had a replacement. She always kept me informed with how everything was going!

My only suggestion to Stephanie is to create a simple spreadsheet or chart when giving quotes/estimates. I am definitely a Type A personality and like things organized, but it was hard to see overall everything I was paying for and making sure we didn't miss anything when it is sent in paragraphs via email. She does not do any contracts, just a deposit fee that holds your date - that did make me a little nervous (again Type A over here), but she is very reputable and is well known in the community so that put my mind at ease! Another suggestion I have is to keep the sample appointments a little shorter. It was really neat watching her put together bouquets and centerpieces and sit and chat, but 3 hours was a little excessive. It would have been nice if a few things were prepped before my Sister and I got there.

Overall I would absolutely choose Stephanie again to do my wedding and any other event! Amazing artist!! Read less
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Suzanne
Wedding:
10/9/2016
4.8/5.0
Stephanie did a fabulous job creating floral arrangements for my rehearsal dinner and wedding. She has an excellent eye for creating exactly what I wanted. From the start she was helpful in guiding me in which flowers would look good together, and honest about what might not work well. Her execution was spot on and I could not be happier with the outcome of the flowers. Book Stephanie for your events! :)
Stephanie did a fabulous job creating floral arrangements for my rehearsal dinner and wedding. She has an excellent eye Read more...
Stephanie did a fabulous job creating floral arrangements for my rehearsal dinner and wedding. She has an excellent eye for creating exactly what I wanted. From the start she was helpful in guiding me in which flowers would look good together, and honest about what might not work well. Her execution was spot on and I could not be happier with the outcome of the flowers. Book Stephanie for your events! :) Read less
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Shanan622
Wedding:
9/24/2016
4.6/5.0
Stephanie came recommended to me via another florist who had my day booked. I really liked her whimsical and artsy design aesthetic. Even though she was a little far away for me (her in Poolesville, MD me in Springfield, VA) it was worth it. I had two requests.... no pastels and no carnations. I know nothing about flower types but she had lots of ideas and was able to stay within my budget. As a previous reviewer mentioned, Stephanie doesn't use a formal contract.... communication is done in person or via email. If you are a Type A personality, this may bother you. But I assure you she is flexible and not out to nickel and dime you. It definitely was not something I was used to being a meeting planner myself but I just made sure to clarify everything we discussed and kept things organized. My wedding flowers were absolutely gorgeous. She certainly captured my vision and details that I dreamed of. And, I purchased all of my floral containers (my choice) and she used them all beautifully. Thank you Stephanie!
Stephanie came recommended to me via another florist who had my day booked. I really liked her whimsical and artsy design Read more...
Stephanie came recommended to me via another florist who had my day booked. I really liked her whimsical and artsy design aesthetic. Even though she was a little far away for me (her in Poolesville, MD me in Springfield, VA) it was worth it. I had two requests.... no pastels and no carnations. I know nothing about flower types but she had lots of ideas and was able to stay within my budget. As a previous reviewer mentioned, Stephanie doesn't use a formal contract.... communication is done in person or via email. If you are a Type A personality, this may bother you. But I assure you she is flexible and not out to nickel and dime you. It definitely was not something I was used to being a meeting planner myself but I just made sure to clarify everything we discussed and kept things organized. My wedding flowers were absolutely gorgeous. She certainly captured my vision and details that I dreamed of. And, I purchased all of my floral containers (my choice) and she used them all beautifully. Thank you Stephanie! Read less
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Autumn
Wedding:
9/17/2016
4.7/5.0
Stephanie did a great job with my wedding flowers! The flowers were beautiful and bouquets well done. I was coming from a far distance so she was very accommodating and would work with my schedule when determining our meetings even if they did not fit her shop hours. I was very happy with the service and products!
Stephanie did a great job with my wedding flowers! The flowers were beautiful and bouquets well done. I was coming from a Read more...
Stephanie did a great job with my wedding flowers! The flowers were beautiful and bouquets well done. I was coming from a far distance so she was very accommodating and would work with my schedule when determining our meetings even if they did not fit her shop hours. I was very happy with the service and products! Read less
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nancy
Wedding:
8/27/2016
5.0/5.0
She's got a lot of talent and easily understands and enhances your vision. Price was great too.
She's got a lot of talent and easily understands and enhances your vision. Price was great too.
She's got a lot of talent and easily understands and enhances your vision. Price was great too. Read less
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Silje
Wedding:
7/30/2016
2.2/5.0
I ended up ordering the bridal bouquet, 5 bridesmaids bouquets, and 2 boutonnieres from Stephanie. She makes beautiful whimsical arrangements, unfortunately, working with her is just as whimsical as her arrangements.
When I shared our wedding budget and the styles we wanted with Stephanie prior to committing to using her services for our wedding, she said she was able to work with it, which is why we decided to book her as our florist. Our first consultation was great; we met at her farm and she created complimentary samples of the bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets and centerpieces. When I received her proposal (written in an email, no official contract) following the consultation, the estimated cost was within our budget but it wouldn't give us all the flowers we needed after all. I asked for suggestions for cheaper flowers so that we could add more but she said she couldn't make the bouquets any smaller or change any flowers because then I wouldn't get the look I wanted. She straight out said some of my flower suggestions would look ugly (i.e. using carnations in mason jars at that particular venue. Which I ended up doing, and it looked beautiful). There was a lot of emails back and forth trying to figure out how we could get all the flowers arrangements we need within our budget, which she had originally said was doable. 2 weeks prior to our wedding the bouquets had increased in price as prices from her vendors had increased (I guess if she had provided an actual contract we could have avoided this issue), there were some additional administrative costs added as well. because we didn't have time to find another florist this close to our wedding we ended up ordering the 6 bouquets and 2 boutonnieres. For our centerpieces, ceremony flowers and other arrangements, we ordered fresh flowers from Blooms By the Box and arranged them ourselves - it looked beautiful!
If you decide to work with this vendor make sure you get everything in writing and have her sign it!
I ended up ordering the bridal bouquet, 5 bridesmaids bouquets, and 2 boutonnieres from Stephanie. She makes beautiful Read more...
I ended up ordering the bridal bouquet, 5 bridesmaids bouquets, and 2 boutonnieres from Stephanie. She makes beautiful whimsical arrangements, unfortunately, working with her is just as whimsical as her arrangements.
When I shared our wedding budget and the styles we wanted with Stephanie prior to committing to using her services for our wedding, she said she was able to work with it, which is why we decided to book her as our florist. Our first consultation was great; we met at her farm and she created complimentary samples of the bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets and centerpieces. When I received her proposal (written in an email, no official contract) following the consultation, the estimated cost was within our budget but it wouldn't give us all the flowers we needed after all. I asked for suggestions for cheaper flowers so that we could add more but she said she couldn't make the bouquets any smaller or change any flowers because then I wouldn't get the look I wanted. She straight out said some of my flower suggestions would look ugly (i.e. using carnations in mason jars at that particular venue. Which I ended up doing, and it looked beautiful). There was a lot of emails back and forth trying to figure out how we could get all the flowers arrangements we need within our budget, which she had originally said was doable. 2 weeks prior to our wedding the bouquets had increased in price as prices from her vendors had increased (I guess if she had provided an actual contract we could have avoided this issue), there were some additional administrative costs added as well. because we didn't have time to find another florist this close to our wedding we ended up ordering the 6 bouquets and 2 boutonnieres. For our centerpieces, ceremony flowers and other arrangements, we ordered fresh flowers from Blooms By the Box and arranged them ourselves - it looked beautiful!
If you decide to work with this vendor make sure you get everything in writing and have her sign it! Read less
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Stephanie's Secret Garden responded with the following comments:

It is unfortunate that this bride kept changing her mind and her budget. Two weeks prior to her wedding we were still making flower decisions which should have been finalized a month earlier. She reduced her flower budget by 2/3 two weeks before the wedding and I was sent centerpiece photos from an online flower service to copy. I suggested those might not be becoming at her venue. They looked like something that might have been purchased at a grocery store. She never received a contract because the wedding flowers were constantly being altered. I responded quickly to every email and phone call, despite the fact that she was frequently unreachable and unresponsive. She received exactly what was finally agreed upon, and due to her own last minute budget changes she purchased her centerpiece flowers online, only because she was not willing to spend what the flowers would cost.
Meanwhile, her photographer and pastry chef have posted beautiful and complimentary photos of my bouquets. Possibly this bride should have requested DIY wedding flowers, something that I mentioned at the very beginning, as It's not possible to have garden roses on a carnation budget.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Stephanie did the flowers for my July wedding! They were exactly what I envisioned, and more. Stephanie has a creative style, and she keeps our flower arrangements interesting - they were not average, boring, or stuffy! I wanted an organic feel for our summer wedding - sunflowers, lavender, eucalyptus leaves, peonies, and more -- Stephanie somehow made all these pieces complementary, edited, and stylish in her arrangements. It ended up being very "us." Stephanie also worked with us to stay in our budget, which I appreciated. She was a bit of a drive from downtown DC, but well worth it.
Stephanie did the flowers for my July wedding! They were exactly what I envisioned, and more. Stephanie has a creative Read more...
Stephanie did the flowers for my July wedding! They were exactly what I envisioned, and more. Stephanie has a creative style, and she keeps our flower arrangements interesting - they were not average, boring, or stuffy! I wanted an organic feel for our summer wedding - sunflowers, lavender, eucalyptus leaves, peonies, and more -- Stephanie somehow made all these pieces complementary, edited, and stylish in her arrangements. It ended up being very "us." Stephanie also worked with us to stay in our budget, which I appreciated. She was a bit of a drive from downtown DC, but well worth it. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I used Stephanie's Secret Garden to do my wedding flowers for my Summer 2016 wedding and she was fantastic! All of my flowers looked amazing! I didn't have a vision going into picking flowers and only knew the colors and a few types of flowers that I wanted and she made samples for me in advance so I could decide what I wanted and liked and everything looked beautiful the day of!
I used Stephanie's Secret Garden to do my wedding flowers for my Summer 2016 wedding and she was fantastic! All of my Read more...
I used Stephanie's Secret Garden to do my wedding flowers for my Summer 2016 wedding and she was fantastic! All of my flowers looked amazing! I didn't have a vision going into picking flowers and only knew the colors and a few types of flowers that I wanted and she made samples for me in advance so I could decide what I wanted and liked and everything looked beautiful the day of! Read less
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leslie
Wedding:
6/11/2016
5.0/5.0
The beautiful pink and white bouquet above was my daughter's. It was perfect, as were all the other flowers she provided. She also solved some day-of non-flower problems she didn't create. Great team member.
The beautiful pink and white bouquet above was my daughter's. It was perfect, as were all the other flowers she provided. Read more...
The beautiful pink and white bouquet above was my daughter's. It was perfect, as were all the other flowers she provided. She also solved some day-of non-flower problems she didn't create. Great team member. Read less
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DEALS

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Promo Code: samples   $150 Value
All brides who work with our flower shop for their wedding flowers receive complimentary samples of the bridal and bridesmaid's bouquets, as well as a centerpiece sample. several months prior to their wedding date.
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