BLOOMINGTON — A new florist has taken root in downtown Bloomington and the owner plans to bring unique arrangements with local blooms to the community.

Vera & Buck Floral Studio & Farm opened for service last week at 320 N. Main St. under ownership of Meg McCormick of Bloomington.

McCormick, who previously managed wedding arrangements at a downtown Chicago florist for two years, describes her floral style as “loose and natural.”

“I love to let the flowers speak through their natural movements,” said McCormick. “It’s my goal not only to produce beautiful things, but to introduce the community to different flower types and arrangements.”

On Wednesday, McCormick worked on an arrangement at the shop featuring antique carnations, ranunculus, cabbage roses, flowering ginger and ferns.

She plans to incorporate fragrant greens, such as eucalyptus, mint, basil and rosemary, into her summer creations.

Through a “farm-to-vase” approach, McCormick will cultivate flowers from a plot of land at her parents’ home in Carlock for the business.

She said the farm is in the experimental stage, but in the meantime Vera & Buck will supplement flowers from other local and U.S. floral farms.

While McCormick is the only employee at the business, she said she has support and assistance from her parents, Lori and Scott McCormick.

The business is named after her two grandmothers, Vera and Marilyn “Buck,” whom she calls inspirational.

“They aren’t your typical grandmas. They were both working women who blazed their own trail. They are women I aspire to be like,” she said.

Vera & Buck offers full-service arrangements for weddings and events and McCormick has plans for even more offerings.

“We’ll start a flower share deal, which is a four-week, hand-gathered bouquet with seasonal flowers, available for pick up every Saturday,” she said.

The shop will also eventually offer a subscription service where customers can select several days out of the year to receive a delivery, which McCormick said is handy for birthdays, anniversaries and Valentine’s Day.

Once the growing season begins, she said a cooler in the shop will be stocked with fresh stems each day and customers can walk in to request a custom bouquet.

“I also want to do public and private classes to teach people how to make vase arrangements, head crowns, wreaths and terrariums,” she said.

“For Valentine’s Day we’ll have bouquets with a lot of fun pinks and purples with pops of red,” she said.

Orders can be made online or by phone until 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Delivery is available to the Twin City area.

The shop is currently open by appointment only but will eventually have regular store hours. Call 309-232-8031 or email meg@verabuck.com.

Prices and photos of arrangements are available at www.verabuck.com

Follow Julia Evelsizer on Twitter: @pg_evelsizer

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