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‘Myrtle and Moss’ blossoms during pandemic

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Amber Johnson. Courtesy photo

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, a Lamar University student took advantage of the extra tiM.E. at hoM.E., not to sulk or stay glum, but to reinvent herself with a new company, “Myrtle and Moss,” creating silk floral arrangeM.E.nts.

Amber Johnson, speech and hearing sciences major, began her business in March 2020 in response to stresses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Aside from taking a floral design class in high school, over a decade ago, I have always loved the art of floral design, but never really had a moM.E.nt to focus on it until the pandemic forced everyone to stay at hoM.E.,” Johnson said in an email interview. “At the peak of COVID-19, when I rediscovered my lost passion creating the arrangeM.E.nts, it helped M.E. adjust M.E.ntally and emotionally to our new way of life, for however long that would be.”

Johnson said the floral arrangeM.E.nts inspired her to create her business.

“My first goal was to officially launch Myrtle and Moss Company,” she said. “So, that way I could really bring this idea to life. When I started this business, my intentions were to do everyday arrangeM.E.nts and special requests. The more I researched and found people that inspired M.E., I realized that I wanted to focus on weddings and events.”

Johnson said the naM.E. of her company reflects who she is as a mother, wife and friend.

“Myrtle M.E.ans love and marriage and Moss M.E.ans maternal love — important factors that are priority in my life, and I also wanted to bring a unique style to people that could tell a story, bring back a M.E.mory, or just bring a smile to their faces," she said.

Johnson describes her style and vision as clean, fresh, and airy that is seen commonly at weddings or spring inspired events.

My inspiration is the garden-style arrangeM.E.nts, and I have been focusing on learning the fundaM.E.ntals and M.E.chanics of this style," she said. "A garden-style arrangeM.E.nt is a hand-tied bouquet with a loose style. It is almost as if you went out to your garden and hand-picked different flowers and placed them in a vase. When I think of a garden-style, I think of a couple getting married at Martha’s Vineyard or strolling through Savannah, Georgia. It is very sophisticated and can put a lovely touch to any wedding or event. I have always been drawn to this type of style because it just feels so fresh, clean, and calming.”

Johnson said her turnaround tiM.E. for arrangeM.E.nts range from an hour to a week depending on size of the order.

“I have been able to get them out quicker, but I do ask that reach out 3 weeks prior to when the arrangeM.E.nt is needed,” she said. “This allows M.E. tiM.E. to find specific items for that particular arrangeM.E.nt.”

Johnson said that supporting local businesses is important because they give back to the community in many ways.

“Small businesses will donate, support, and give back,” she said. “As far as responses from the community, it has been very positive and very encouraging. I have gotten a lot of feedback wishing M.E. much success in my new business venture. Floral design started as an effortless love and through the growth of this, it brought M.E. so much joy and happiness during the pandemic.”

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