Rosslyn Central Place Plaza Becomes Floral Oasis This Mother’s Day Weekend


Market to feature unique floral creations, locally-sourced flowers, arts and crafts fair, live music, light refreshments and more

ARLINGTON, Va. (April 15, 2019) – The Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID) announced today that the first-ever Rosslyn Blooms! Flower Festival, a premier spring flower market, will occur on May 11, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia. Holley Simmons, the creative mind behind the stunning floral arrangements She Loves Me will bring her beautiful and unique flower creations to Central Place Plaza in Rosslyn for a day filled with fun and activities for all ages.

“We’re basically flower bombing the square,” Simmons, owner of both She Loves Me and The Lemon Collective, said. “It is a great way to spend Mother’s Day weekend, whether you’re a parent looking for a family-friendly activity (and last-minute gifts for mom) or a bride-to-be looking for ‘Big Day’ ideas and inspiration.”

The market will feature flowers from local growers in Virginia and Maryland, live music, a pop-up café on the plaza and a special table of live plants dubbed “impossible to kill.” Prices range from a few dollars for individual stems to $30-$80 for floral arrangements, with other gifts available for purchase. Running throughout the day will also be a BYOB (Build Your Own Bouquet) Blossom Bar where participants will be guided through the art of selecting flowers and arranging their own bouquet.

“As a placemaking and community organization, we partner with local businesses and brands in our region to bring unexpected and desired amenities to the Rosslyn neighborhood,” Mary-Claire Burick, president of the Rosslyn BID, said. “Holley Simmons and the team at She Loves Me held an incredible plant workshop last summer at our Rosslyn pop-up, The Alcove, and I am excited to bring her back for this event which is sure to be a hit.”

 Additionally, throughout the day, The Lemon Collective, a workshop space focused on creativity, curiosity, teaching and learning, will be hosting a series of hands-on, DIY activities including:

Crepe Paper Flower DIY Workshop with Revery Paper Flora (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.) - Learn the art of paper flowers and the basics of European crepe paper to create your very own cherry blossom branch, the quintessential spring darling of D.C. 

Morning Kids Workshop (10:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m.) –  Join installation artist Linny from The Lemon Collective to color, cut shapes and collage materials together to create a custom mobile for mom or anyone! All materials provided and no experience necessary. This workshop is being offered for children ages 8-14. Parents are welcome to join. 

Watercolor Flowers Workshop with Painted Palettes (10:45–11:45 a.m.) – Learn watercolor techniques and create your own floral painting with local watercolor artist, Samantha Testa.

Succulent Felting Workshop with Rock Paper Plant (12:00–1:00 p.m.) – Learn the basics of how to create felted structures, all while creating your very own mini needle-felted cactus.

Dyeing Flower Workshop (1:00–2:30 p.m.) – Learn a centuries-old Japanese technique for creating beautiful botanical patterns on cloth by pounding flowers into fabric to leave behind their nature dye.

Afternoon Kids Workshop (3:30 p.m.—4:30 p.m.) –  Join installation artist Linny from The Lemon Collective to color, cut shapes and collage materials together to create a custom mobile for mom or anyone! All materials provided and no experience necessary. This workshop is being offered for children ages 8-14. Parents are welcome to join. 

Spring Wreath Workshop with She Loves Me (2:30–5:30 p.m.) – Learn to pair colors and manipulate flowers into specific shapes using floral wire and tape with locally-sourced flowers.

Fees to participate in the workshops range from $20-$30 and pre-registration is required.

For more information on Rosslyn Blooms! Flower Festival including a full schedule of workshops and how to register, please visit ROSSLYNVA.ORG/BLOOMS

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About Rosslyn Business Improvement District

The Rosslyn Business Improvement District provides high-quality, customer-oriented services designed to define, enhance and continually improve Rosslyn for those who work, live, visit and do business here. As a resourceful and collaborative organization, we work in partnership with our key stakeholders and Arlington County to create a welcoming, creative thriving environment that supports Rosslyn’s residents and a wide range of business types, from innovative start-ups to established Fortune 500 companies and international associations. We take an active leadership role in all that we do, serving as a collaborator, community builder and agent of positive change. For more information, please visit, www.rosslynva.org.