The Wildflower Story
Sybil Brooke Sylvester is the owner of Wildflower Designs in Birmingham, Alabama. Wildflower Designs, which was located in Pepper Place Design Complex for 13 years, is now run from Sybil’s home office.
She considers Wildflower to be a “creative think tank” for flower fun, offering daily floral delivery, arrangements for any occasion, gala and party designs and wedding planning and coordinating. In 2000, Sybil launched the Wildflower School, providing instruction in flower preparation and design.
The school provides classes for beginners as well as those with some design experience. The Wildflower School also travels around the country with garden club lectures, corporate workshops, and in conjunction with Parisian, floral demonstrations in their Home Stores. Recently, because of increasing demand, “Wildflower on the Road” has plans to travel to New York, California, North Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee to provide flowers for parties and weddings.
Sybil spent childhood vacations working for Birmingham flower mavens Mrs. McReynolds and Lula Rose Blackwell. Sybil got an early education in stripping roses and toting buckets by helping the experts. She later worked in the city’s floral industry leading up to starting her own business in 1993. In May 1996, Sybil moved her growing business from her garage to the shop at Pepper Place. Her work has been featured in the past in Southern Living Weddings, Southern Accents, Coastal Living, Brides Magazine and Birmingham Magazine, and recently in numerous articles for flower, a national flower magazine. Sybil’s ongoing involvement and title as Contributing Editor with flower magazine is a source of great pride. Sybil has also completed three years with an on-going column for Southern Accents Magazine entitled “flower school” and is complemented to have held the title of Contributing Editor to Southern Accents magazine. Sybil and her prized team of floral designers have created the South’s most talked-about flower shops, gaining national recognition for their captivating arrangements.
Sybil says, “I feel so fortunate to have been able to turn my hobby into a profession that allows me to do what I love each day. The newness of each project, designing, experimenting with color, and creating are my favorite parts of the business. Getting to know so many wonderful people through the business is an added bonus.”