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Blooming Where Planted

Longtime local florist, The Flowerman, offers unique DIY floral options.

Article by Nina Weierman

Photography by Cathy Lyons–Lyons Photography

Originally published in Centerville Lifestyle

Fall is certainly one of the most beautiful seasons in Ohio with the crisp breeze that blows yellow, red and orange leaves through the air like confetti. Whether you are looking to create a unique centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table or just want to add a taste of fall to your living spaces, one local florist makes capturing the season simple, affordable and fun. Tucked away in a Centerville office park in an inconspicuous building is the magic of The Flowerman. 

Back in the early 1980s, The Flowerman owner's Steve and Jane Smith got their start selling gladiolus flowers grown by Jane’s dad out of the back of Steve’s truck at farmers’ markets in the Dayton area. Since its humble beginnings, The Flowerman has grown into a full-service florist operation. They offer custom design work for weddings, funerals and everyday occasions, plus a wide variety of fresh-cut flowers with unique DIY programs. 

Listening to the needs of their customers has been key in building a business that caters to what people want and need from a florist. “Steve, has always told us the customer will tell us where they want us to go,” shares Caroline Lisle, communications director with The Flowerman. “They showed us the desire for more fresh-cut floral options and then led us to the birth of our DIY wedding option.”

The unique concept of DIY weddings allows the bridal party to create all of their flower pieces on-site in the Flowerman warehouse with step-by-step instructions from their talented floral coaching staff.  “It is a great way to save money and have fun,” explains Caroline. 

Customers who stop by the warehouse for birthdays, holidays or just because, simply choose a vase from the shelf and then head over to the walk-in flower cooler where they can pick fresh florals that tickle their fancy. There is a workstation where the customer can put it all together themselves or for those who may feel a little less confident in their flower-arranging skills, there is a retail designer on hand to help.  

Fall Arrangement Tips

For those looking to put together their own gorgeous fall floral displays, the team at The Flowerman has a few pointers for choosing flowers and keeping them fresh: 

  1. First, choose a vase or vessel that is watertight. This can be something outside of the box such as a hollowed-out pumpkin. 

  2. Include different textures, sizes and shapes of blooms. Choose flowers and greeneries that reflect the different shades of the season - this will provide depth to the design.

  3. Always trim your stems on an angle and ensure they are free of any leaves. 

  4. Change the water in the vase every two to three days. 

If you are interested in putting your skills to the test in a fun and friendly environment, The Flowerman offers design classes throughout the year. Perfect for learning to create a beautiful display for your Thanksgiving table, there is a “long and low” Thanksgiving centerpiece class on Thursday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. The class incorporates a variety of fall florals, mini pumpkins, rustic greens and two ivory taper candles.  

Follow The Flowerman on social media for information on upcoming classes in December, including one utilizing dried winter florals. For more information on arrangement offerings, classes or any of the DIY options, please visit

The Flowerman

70A Westpark Rd., Centerville

937.433.8610 |