Delivering babies to arranging flowers
Peshtigo woman embarks on a new career after retiring after working for 25 years
Thursday, November 17, 2016 12:00 AM
PESHTIGO — After 25 years of delivering babies, a Peshtigo woman now has a new career of arranging flowers for special occasions.
Special to the EagleHerald
Adie Robins of Adie’s Flowers in Peshtigo displays the colorful arrangement she put together for her school project. Robins recently obtained certification as a wedding specialist from Floral Design Institute after spending 25 years as a labor and delivery nurse.
Adie Robins decided to embark on her second career as a certified floral designer because her passion is flowers and designing.
“I loved OB. I loved the experience and the miracle of birth,” she said of working 12-hour nursing shifts at BAMC.
With floral design, Robins said she can set her own hours and find a way to make every wedding, birthday, anniversary or event extraordinary.
It was while living in Rhinelander, Wis., for a couple years and visiting a floral store there that Robins became inspired to follow her passion.
Robins also said when she arranged the flowers for both her children’s weddings in 2014, she thought then of becoming a floral designer but wasn’t sure how.
She soon enrolled online in a one-year program, completed the Advanced Wedding Floral Design Program at Floral Design Institute and became a certified wedding specialist. She received her certificate Oct. 1.
Robins said the intensive program of studying current trends, design techniques, style influences, wedding traditions and business practices in the wedding floral industry, allowed her to turn her dream of providing contemporary, stylish and creative wedding floral arrangements to special customers into reality.
The Peshtigo woman grows her own flowers, which include Peonies, hydrangeas, Casablanca Lillies and roses.
Known for the personal service, meticulous attention to detail and unique floral designs she provides for her clients, Robins has a way to provide her customer exactly what they are looking for.
“I can do anything. They tell me what they want,” she said.
If she doesn’t have the flowers that are needed for an event, she orders them from a wholesale florist in Green Bay or Minneapolis.
“Whatever I don’t have, I order from a wholesale florist,” she said.
Shipments are delivered on Tuesday, arrangements are usually started on Wednesday for a Saturday event. Boutonnieres and corsages are done a day or two before an event. Florals are stored in a flower cooler at her home business.
“I love designing,” she said.
Married to Rod Robins, the couple have two children, Bobby Robins and Jennifer Kitchenmaster. They also have three grandchildren.
To contact Adie’s Flowers, call 906-290-2912, email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.AdiesFlowers.com.