In his new book Flower Flash, Lewis Miller shares his unique love of flowers, extraordinary talent in design and arrangement, and how New Yorkers have embraced his spontaneous creations in ways he could never have imagined.
Miller embraces flowers and what they represent with a rare passion. He says, “Flowers are a medium like no other. They exist to be beautiful, to attract butterflies and bees. It’s a single but astounding life’s mission.”
In 2016, while busily serving his clients with his gorgeous floral designs, he had an idea. He would create a floral installation that would brighten the day of all New Yorkers that passed by. Along with a team, he jumped into his “van bursting with over two thousand recycled flowers – Day-Glo pink, purple, yellow, and orange dahlias and creations saved from an event the night before” and headed to the John Lennon Memorial in Central Park.
He and his team constructed a vibrant, colorful halo of flowers around the beloved Imagine symbol in no time. This became the very first Flower Flash. He hoped that people would stop by to appreciate the impromptu arrangement, but he was shocked to see a crowd gather to have a look.
At that moment, he knew he’d discovered something extraordinary. He says, “I had hoped for smiles, the kind that flash across a face when witnessing a moment of kindness. That was my goal, my vision: to create a positive, emotional response through flowers. ”
But what happened was much, much more. People gathered, took selfies, and through social media, the Flower Flash traveled to uplift even more people who didn’t happen to walk by it that day. He knew he was onto something special.
Since that day, he has created some spectacular floral creations!
Here are a few of my favorites (all images and quotes are from Flower Flash):
And a fan favorite:
So, if you’re hoping to brighten someone you love, look no further. You can order his book online here.
Or, enter to win! I’m giving away a copy of this book at the end of the month!