About Teresa

Teresa Hannegan Sabankaya began her flower business in 1999 by growing her own assortment of boutique cut flowers, and consequently, her thriving flower and gift shop in Santa Cruz, California was created. Teresa is one of the most innovative floral designers in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Area and has exhibited her floral art at various museums and flower shows including the Bouquets to Art exhibition at the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, the Monterey Museum of Art, and Filoli Mansion and Gardens, a National Trust Historic Site. Her elegant design style calibrates the soul by emitting a familiarity to people, evoking nostalgia with a just gathered from the garden feel.

Her love of, or rather obsession with the language of flowers spawned her creation of the modern-day Posy. The Posy is her favorite design in florals, a modern spin on a historic nosegay, these ‘little garden bouquets that tells a story’ have a permanent place in her heart. This book was inspired by Teresa’s desire to share such a beautiful and simple way to tell your story with flowers.

Teresa is an instructor of floral design and can be frequently seen leading workshops and presentations about flowers in many levels. Her Posy in your Pocket presentations have been highly attended at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, the Monterey Home and Garden Expo, Filoli Estate, and many garden clubs and nurseries. Teresa is a pioneer of the Slow Flowers movement by practicing the far-fetched idea of using flowers, herbs and greenery grown in her garden to incorporate into her floral designs at her retail store and her wedding floral work.

Teresa is an Advanced Certified Green Gardener, a member of Slow Flowers, Great Garden Speakers, as well as the California State Floral Association. Follow her on social media to learn more about the world of flowers.

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