Bowerbird Flowers & Apothecary – Full-Service Floral Design in the Heart of North Carolina
Nestled in a whimsical storefront in Chapel Hill is Bowerbird Flowers & Apothecary – a full-service floral design team for weddings and events, including on-site setup and breakdown, with a minimum of $3,000 for weddings. (They have a second location at the Durham Food Hall).
Diane Joyal and her daughter, Lily Joyal have been serving North Carolina couples incredible floral design together since 2016. After previously working at UNC Children’s hospital, Diane decided to try a new career, one that would bring more joy to herself and others. And what could be better than bringing flowers to someone’s door or helping bring a bride’s wedding flower dreams a reality? Like her mother, Lily shares a background in art and found floral design to be the perfect creative outlet.
My mom does all the buying for flowers, and she does an amazing job of creating gradients and color palettes for clients,” Lily says. “For weddings, we’ll do arbors or [flowers] hanging from the ceiling or have a tree on the wall. They’re almost like giant sculptures that are temporary. We probably spend three hours on-site building something, and it’s only going to last for a day, but it’s very fun to do.”
Bowerbird Flowers uses the best blooms the season has to offer, sourcing from North Carolina farmers as conditions allow. “We start local, then we go out regionally, and then we go out to American grown,” Diane says.
Working with a smaller wedding flower budget? Don’t worry. Bowerbird Flowers also offers floral essentials for your intimate wedding or elopement. All you have to do is order online and choose from one of Bowerbird Flowers’ color palettes/styles (at least one week in advance). Their team also does smaller events throughout the year including corporate, private events and parties.
Unique Wedding Favors and Gifts at Bowerbird Flowers & Apothecary
What you might not know, is that Bowerbird also sells a curated selection of home, garden and self-care products. In May 2020, Bowerbird Flowers & Apothecary opened a second branch of their business – an apothecary and botanical bar inside Durham Food Hall where guests can enjoy herbal drinks that are nonalcoholic, spritzers, elixirs, and a tea brand as well.
Still searching for the perfect bridal shower gift? Looking for a special way to thank family members who were a crucial part of your big day? Check out Bowerbird Apothecary’s gift kits. One of our personal favorites is the Pamper Kit, which comes with a herbal bath bomb, face mask (loved by Jonathan Van Ness!), shimmer mist and frosted rose vegan lip gloss. Is the bride worried sick about getting sick on the day of the wedding? Purchase a charming tin of Immune Booster tea – a tea that fortify your immune system with rosehips, elderberry and ginger root. All of Bowerbird Apothecary’s herbs are organically grown and sourced locally, from the Southeast, when possible.