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Unexpected Floral Gift at the Ebell

“Happiness Flower Installation,” by local floral designer Poppy Askew and event planner Waverly Coleman, will be at the Ebell of Los Angeles for the rest of the week. (photo by Gari Askew)

You may have noticed a lovely floral bouquet draped on the small sign in front of the Ebell of Los Angeles, at the corner of Wilshire and Lucerne Blvds.  This wonderful gesture of kindness is the work of Windsor Square resident and floral designer Poppy Askew, of Poppy Lavender Florals, who now has lots of extra time on her hands since all her wedding and spring events have been cancelled or postponed because of the stay-at-home orders issued to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The floral installation created by Askew and Coleman will be up for the rest of the week. Askew told us she was going by today to add some water, since the weather as warmed up. (photo by Gari Askew)

Askew came up with the idea of creating a “Happiness Flower Installation,” an unexpected gift of flowers installed with permission, she told the Buzz, while she was brainstorming with her friend Waverly Coleman, an event planner with  Waverly Coleman Designs, about ways to cheer up the community and get back to working with flowers, which cheers her up immensely.

“I walk by the Ebell all the time since I just live two blocks away,” said Askew. “We contacted them and they said yes!”

“They reached out to us and asked if they could do it – naturally we said yes :)” Tina Tangalakis, Ebell’s Marketing Director told us.

We love the gesture to honor this elegant building, home of the Ebell women’s club since 1927, which anchors our neighborhoods and has hosted so many special occasions over the years. Sadly, it’s closed for now as we all wait out the pandemic. We hope it will re-open soon, along with the rest of our neighborhood institutions and businesses.

Askew told us she is planning more Happiness Flower Installations in the neighborhood, so look out for more flowers in unexpected places.

Happiness Flower Installations crew:  Poppy Askew, left, Waverly Coleman on the right, and assistant Samantha in the center. (photo by Gari Askew)
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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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