Life-long passion blossoms into rosy career
Wed, 02/08/2017 - 6:00am Clayprogress2
Life in western North Carolina in the '50s and '60s was an idyllic time. Picture a pretty young girl running barefoot along the creek bank, a flower crown perched on her blonde head, holding arm loads of Lady Slippers, Dogtooth violets and Maidenhair ferns to take home to her mother and for her teachers at school. Rachel Payne has always had a true passion and deep abiding love for flowers and has been sharing it since she opened her first florist shop in 1981 out of her basement.
She doesn’t remember when flowers didn’t play a significant role in her life. She recalls getting cuttings of plants from her beloved grandmother, “Mom Dills” and other neighbors. It wasn’t like it is now, you couldn’t go to Wal-Mart or Home Depot and get your plants in a little plastic cup; instead there was much more work involved. You had to snip a little off of the original plant and place it in a cup of water and wait for roots to grow. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t.
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