Being a perpetual perpetrator of multitudinous annoying domestic infractions, I have necessarily learned that flowers are an express ticket out of the dog house. Plus, they’re pretty, smell wonderful and provide a positive element to one’s living space. The penitent thus receives pleasure equal to the placated.
Thanks to a talented local couple, the Village is now home to Sedona Fine Art of Flowers, a floral service of a quality one would expect only in a metropolitan setting.
Peter and Gari Richardson are both gifted artists who earned their credentials in the highly competitive art world of New York.
They first met in art school 38 years ago.
Peter went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Yale while Gari secured a Bachelor’s Degree in painting and design.
Afterward, they followed different life paths that crossed many years later in Sedona.
Peter took to oil painting, becoming a master of contemporary realism. One of his favorite still life subjects continues to be flowers.
He also worked for 30 years as a florist in the extremely discriminating environment of Manhattan, often serving some of the most prominent people of the city.
To find someone with more knowledge on the subject of flowers than Peter would be a trick indeed.
Gari’s artistic journey took her into the world of dance, performing and teaching ballet. After a serious injury, she embraced the healing practice of yoga which she is also certified to teach. She remains a picture of grace, quite compatible with flowers.
Traveling in search of a better place to live, Gari happened into VOC in 1988 and decided it would become her home. She married and continued teaching dance and yoga.
Peter had family in Sedona. In 2001, after finally wearying of urban life, he found a hilltop in Lake Montezuma, where he built his home and studio.
When Gari was widowed, she and Peter reconnected and are now very happily married.
Sedona Fine Art of Flowers is located in the historic Ranch House Square building on SR 179 and is equipped to provide every service from the largest wedding to the, “ Yeah, I’m sorry I said that.” bouquet.
Rather than order his flowers, Peter regularly drives to the big markets in Phoenix to select them himself to assure quality.
The attractively designed space also features candles; essential oils, aroma therapy items and a myriad of other products to enrich the home.
The walls are adorned with Peters remarkable oil paintings which are a must see.
Peter and Gari are delightful, and their shop is a welcome gift to all the senses that is definitely worth a visit.