Today we're really excited to introduce you to Christine Adams, owner of Badger's Flowers! Christine joined our group just a few months ago, and has been actively reaching out to get to know other members. When I first met her at a coffee shop in Lenox, I instantly felt at ease with her...none of that "getting to know each other" stuff! She was so nice and easy to talk to...plus she had the cutest Golden Retriever patiently awaiting her full attention!
Here's a little peek into Christine's world when she's not designing flowers!
Tara: How did you first get involved with your business?
Christine: I first got involved with floral design many years ago working in a florist shop. I use to stand in front of designs, whether they were silks, wreaths or fresh, and study them. Some didn’t appeal to me and I would ask myself “why?” Others, I absolutely loved and would ask the same question. It’s like viewing a painting and making a mental note of why it appeals to you. Everything from content, dimension to color. I think when you know what appeals to you, your inner vision takes over and hence the evolving design.
Tara: When you travel, what do you like to do?
Christine: We have had the good fortune to travel as a family all the years our children were growing up (they’re now in college). As a result of my husband’s employment, it has taken us all over the world. I have always visited the nearest floral shop or wholesale market to get a feel for how they create and sell on the other side of the world. We were in Beijing, China and I purchased for our apartment a Lotus flower. The next week when I was back at the wholesaler I mentioned that the flower hadn’t blossomed. I was told I needed to “manually” pull the petals open. Learn something new every day (smile)!
Tara: What is the last book you read?
Christine: The Glass Castle. It was a slow start but it grabbed me and wouldn’t let me go! It is a true story about a young girl growing up with her family unit filled with dysfunction and she maneuvers her existence and comes out unbelievably balanced in the face of all odds.
Tara: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you want with you?
Christine: My Husband, daughter and son. They make the spaces of my heart dance.
Tara: What is your favorite movie genre?
Christine: I love movies that depict reality and have a positive ending. I loved Sully, Hidden Figures, Lincoln.
Tara: What is your ideal Friday night?
Christine: My ideal Friday night is having dinner at a local restaurant with my husband. It’s been a ritual for 20 years and I cherish it!
Tara: What's the best advice you've ever received?
Christine: The best advice I ever received was from my Pops. He studied philosophy and was a furious reader! He would never answer a question directly but would leave you to draw your own conclusion based on a conversation. He had a statue of the “Thinker” on his desk. He once said to me when I needed to make a decision, “Always follow your “highest” inclination, it doesn’t mean you won’t be torn by other options but it’s the one that stands above all else in your mind. When it changes so will your decisions."
Tara: What is something people might not know about you?
Christine: Something that most people don’t know about me is that I was incredibly shy!