Darquise Patenaude's enthusiasm is infectious. She lives on a farm with her family and loves the lifestyle – especially eating the farm fresh eggs and vegetables that her husband prepares. From the farm she runs her business Blue Sage Farm – Floral Design. They grow flower gardens to incorporate in their floral arrangements, specializing in wedding flowers but also selling seasonal flower bouquets and a variety of floral arrangements. They also sell free range farm eggs and will be hosting a table at Flower Power on June 14th. Darquise's career started with an interest in the study of plants and their medicinal properties. She then received training in Ikebana, the Japanese art of floral design. From there she bought a farm and pursued studies in Western style floral design, and became a certified floral designer. Today Darquise and Blue Sage Farm – Floral Design are In Focus.
What do you always find yourself saying?
If you could spend one whole day with anyone in the world who is currently alive, who would you select?
I would love to spend it with the Dalai Lama.
If you were to receive any existing public award, what award would you like to win?
Gosh! Is there such a thing as an existing public award for the most contagious laugh?
If you could spend a day with any historical figure, who would you choose?
So many to choose from... but at this moment I am thinking of Emily Carr. She was a woman beyond her time, very independent, an animal lover, a little eccentric, passionate, creative and a lover of nature.
Who inspires you?
Floral designers from around the globe! But I have to say that I am especially fond of British designers. Many of them grow their own cutting gardens, so they can showcase their fresh garden flowers in their designs.
What are 3 things on your bucket list?
I enjoy travelling and have had a chance to visit beautiful places. Now that we have a farm, travelling isn't so easy anymore!
When I do get the opportunity again, I would love to go to Thailand, Provence, and Hawaii. The flowers there are amazing!
Please tell us about a defining moment in your life.
Four of our goats were about to give birth and in preparation for the big days ahead, my husband came back from the vet with gloves as long as my arm, and a huge tube of lubricant.... Two sets of triplets later, I was well introduced to farm life!
If you had an enormous yacht, what would you name it?
"Dauphin Bleu" would be a nice name, but I can't imagine ever having to worry about that.
If you could foresee a single day of your future in its entirety, what date would you select?
Ayayaye!!! I am curious by nature, but not enough to want to foresee a day in my future. I prefer surprises!!
What are you passionate about?
~ Showcasing beauty through local flowers by designing unique floral designs.
~ Preserving the environment through sustainable farming practice.
~ Supporting local farmers and local talents ... artists, crafters, writers...
~ Supporting education. Giving children the opportunity to tap into their gifts and potential.
~ Celebrating diversity and equality!
What has been your favourite day of your life, up to this point?
Fortunately many of us have lives filled with favourite days! Spending time with loved ones and enthusiastic children goes without saying, so I will choose a day when I felt I made a big impact on a loving creature. Except for our border collie, all our other dogs were rescued from shelters. Locking eyes with these fearful, abandoned creatures and taking them home has been so rewarding.
What has been your proudest accomplishment?
Cycling with my husband through England, Wales and Ireland for two months was quite the accomplishment. I remember our first night there, near Windsor castle... I was not able to sleep. It's not that I was thinking of visiting the Queen the next day, or anything like that. I was so unnerved by the English roads: the roundabouts, the terrifying speed of the traffic, and having to cycle on the left side. I never thought I would make it out alive! Fortunately, after circling the wrong way on a couple of roundabouts, I became accustomed to it all, and truly enjoyed the trip!!!
Where is your favourite place to dine in Kelowna?
At home, on the farm! My husband is such a good cook and eating our fresh vegetables and farm fresh eggs makes it very enjoyable.
What is your favourite activity or event in Kelowna?
I love spending time in nature and Kelowna is surrounded by natural beauty for us and the dogs.
What is the name of your business/organization?
Blue Sage Farm - Floral Design
What does your business/organization do?
We grow flower gardens, so we can incorporate these in our floral arrangements. We specialize in wedding flowers but also sell seasonal flower bouquets and a variety of floral arrangements. We also sell free range farm eggs.
Where can people find you or your business online?
Where can people find your business on Facebook?
What is your mission?
Our mission is to provide healthy products and create unique floral designs for our local community to enjoy.
If you could achieve one thing within your field, what would it be?
Witnessing the happiness of a bride when given her bridal bouquet is always an achievement!
Where do you want your business/organization to be in 5 years?
We want to keep our farm as a small local business catering to each customer. In 5 years, we will have an even greater variety of fresh flowers to incorporate in our floral designs.
Who do you consider to be a forerunner within your field?
As mentioned earlier, I have a soft spot for the British floral designers.
What 3 qualities do you feel that your business/organization exemplifies?
Attentive service and follow through
Eco Friendly and local
Unique and creative designs
What would you like to say to your employees/volunteers?
Our farm is a small family operation.
How does your business/organization impact the community?
With our sustainable farming practice we hope we have a positive impact on our community by providing local, healthy and environmentally friendly alternatives.
What makes you successful? Tell us about it.
Our floral arrangements are fresh and one of a kind since we grow and harvest our own flowers. More and more people are looking for unique designs for their wedding as well as wanting to support local producers. To meet the desires of our clientele, we can use commercial blooms to complement our home-grown flowers, especially in the off seasons. My background as a floral designer started with the interest and study of plants and their medicinal properties. I then received training in Ikebana, the Japanese art of floral design. From there I bought a farm and pursued studies in Western style floral design, and became a certified floral designer.
If you were trapped in an elevator with several wealthy investors from any field, which field would you want them to be experts in? What would say to them/talk about?
I don't do well in confined spaces. All I would be able to think about would be "Do any of you know anything about fixing elevators?"
If I could change 1 thing about Kelowna, it would be:
Having more cycle paths for people to commute to work and more dog friendly areas.
What do you think makes Kelowna great?
Kelowna is surrounded by natural beauty which is so easily accessible. I love the fact that we have four seasons here. The winter is so mild compared to back East! We can grow so much here! The wineries are fantastic!
My choice for the Kelowna In Focus spotlight is:
Flower Power - Garden Tours
Some general comments I would like to share are:
We are excited to be part of the upcoming Flower Power - Garden Tours. Our table will be set up at Lindon House.
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