CORNELIUS – What makes the perfect flower arrangement?

It’s different for everyone, says longtime floral designer Bo Ulhorn. Some people like roses. Others like tulips. Some prefer a more traditional design, while others go with a contemporary one.

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Ulhorn and his wife, Denise, recently opened a new European-style flower shop in Cornelius named “Blumengarten” to fit any needs.

“This has always been a dream of mine to open up a flower and European market,” Bo said. “When you walk into a flower shop in Europe, it could be in France or Germany, all the flowers are out on the floor. It gives it that rustic feel.”

When you walk into Blumengarten, the first thing you notice is the wide variety of colorful, fresh flowers separated into tin baskets by the front door.

The baskets hold everything from sunflowers and lilies to less common selections like safari sunsets and caspedias.

Blumengarten has a lot more than flowers. The shop sells a variety of gifts, including aromatic candles and soaps and handmade pottery by Mooresville artist Shari Crouse.

Bo has worked in the flower business since he was 13, when he was first asked to fill in during the Christmas rush at a local shop. He was invited back to help out on Valentine’s Day and has been working in the flower business ever since.

Following high school, Bo attended Rittner’s School of Floral Design in Boston, Mass., and went back to manage the same shop where he got his start.

Eventually, Bo shifted his career path and began working in the wholesale business where he bought and sold flowers from around the globe.

The wholesale flower business is what brought him down South and would eventually lay the groundwork for Blumengarten.

Bo said that he always dreamt of opening his own flower shop and finally felt like he had made the connections to set out on his own.

He approached his friend and longtime colleague, Todd Linebarger, with the idea.

“I thought he was kidding, so I just went along with him because he’s my friend.” Linebarger said. “This is like a dream he’s always had and now just seemed like a good time to do it.”

Linebarger has 28 years of design experience under his belt. He co-designed the ballroom centerpieces for the 1989 Presidential inauguration.

Bo’s dream became a reality in June when he opened Blumengarten on Main Street in Cornelius.

While most flower shops buy flowers through large wholesalers like the one Bo used to work for, Blumengarten gets flowers directly from growers.

That buying power allows them to pass savings and better value to the consumer.

Blumengarten’s average bouquet costs about $45. The shop charges a $9.95 local delivery fee around the Lake Norman area. It also offers other services like weddings arrangements and in-home design.

 

Want to visit?

Blumengarten opens 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at 20017 N. Main St., Cornelius. Details: Blumengarten, 704-892-7960 or www.blumengartenllc.com.