Little Acre Flowers delivered its first 100% local flower arrangements during a snowstorm in 2014. It began as a pop-up offering for Valentine’s Day, staffed entirely by one woman (plus her kind friends who pitched in to help make deliveries during the blizzard!) When she quickly sold out of Valentines, founder Tobie Whitman realized the strong interest in an alternative to traditional floral arrangements; DC’s only 100% locally-sourcing florist, Little Acre Flowers, was born.
The concept of creating arrangements using only locally grown blooms grew from Whitman’s frustration with traditional florists whose flowers seemed neither fresh nor seasonal. After researching the waste and impact of the international floral industry, she decided to provide locally-sourced arrangements that are more sustainable, beautiful and fresh.
Now operating with a small staff in a U St corridor studio, Little Acre Flowers offers daily arrangements for delivery through DC, MD and VA. The studio sources only from local farmers who provide fresh and distinctive varietals throughout the year. The arrangements always reflect the season and include only the highest quality and longest-lasting blooms.
tobie (at) littleacreflowers.com
Tobie Whitman launched Little Acre Flowers after a career working with USAID and a number of NGOs in the field of international women’s empowerment. Because of her passion for green, living things, she decided to make a career shift. In 2010, she joined a high-end florist to do floral design and marketing. Over time, the imported flowers troubled her – there was so much waste, they died so quickly and the arrangements seemed generic. Driven to offer an alternative, she launched Little Acre Flowers.
Tobie’s love of flowers comes from her Dutch grandmother and her youth spent alongside the ranunculus fields in San Diego county. Tobie brings wide experience to the business; she has a BA from Harvard and a PhD from Cambridge. She lives in NW DC with her husband, Dan Yates, two young sons, Simon and Gabe, and dog Melvin.
Through Little Acre, she’s able to combine her passion for nature and a desire to be socially and environmentally responsible, while also finding the very best offerings for her clients.
amber (at) littleacreflowers.com
Amber joined Little Acre as General Manager in the summer of 2018, after years of juggling event florals as a side hustle and hobby. With a unique mind for both design and logistics, she's incredibly passionate about bringing joy to people’s every day lives with flowers, and doing it efficiently. Her love of flowers began while on a stint living in London, where she found herself inspired by the cottage garden aesthetic and Sundays browsing the Columbia Road Flower Market. Her favorites are tulips, cosmos, poppies, and lilac - and she loves any opportunity to geek out out on color theory and floriography.
Prior to joining Little Acre, Amber managed a career in the tech and startup world, leading a number of teams in logistics, customer experience, and marketing as one of the early employees at Uber.
Outside of the the studio, you’re likely to find Amber curled up with a book, heading out for a hike or yoga class, or whipping up something in the kitchen. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, Andrew and two sons, Simon and Jesse.
brigid (at) littleacreflowers.com
Brigid joined the team in the Fall of 2018 after deciding it was time to dive-in and pursue her passion for floral design. She delights in locally grown flowers and loves sharing them with people through custom designs and by leading workshops. She is a self-professed flower nerd, and has a vast knowledge of floral varieties, color palettes, and mechanics for event installations. Some of her favorite blooms are daffodils, poppies and dahlias!
She received her design education from California State University, Chico, graduating with a degree in Graphic Design. She worked for a decade as a graphic designer, creating for a variety of sustainably-minded organizations before trading her computer for snips. She also is trained as a hand letterer and sign artist and enjoys creating for clients as a side-hustle. Brigid lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her wife Cara, son Milo and dog Pumpkin. When she's not surrounded by flowers and foliage, she enjoys baking decadent treats, taking long nature walks with her family, and watching comedies.
FLORAL DESIGNER & STUDIO ASSISTANT
liz (at) littleacreflowers.com
Liz joined the Little Acre team in the Spring of 2020. A native Brooklyn New Yorker, she has a feisty passion for flowers and a drive to expand her impact in the flower world in DC. She loves playing around with unique color palettes and exploring new and innovative ways to blend contrasting colors together. Some of her favorite blooms are Lisianthus, Poppies, Ranunculus, and Cosmos! Her designs exhibit a free and airy aesthetic, and she loves to use her past life as a professional dancer to facilitate movement in her floral creations.
Liz currently lives in DuPont Circle with her partner Vitalii and their cat Gru. When she’s not flexing her design skills, she enjoys going on long walks with V and a cocktail, visiting her friends and family in NYC, dancing to Robyn, and eating pizza.
FLORAL DESIGNER & STUDIO ASSISTANT
julia (at) littleacreflowers.com
Julia joined the team in June 2020, excited for the opportunity to create flowers for people to enjoy in their homes. She got her first taste of flowers working with event florists on the weekends, however since joining Little Acre she's become especially passionate about discovering unique varietals and the hardworking farmers who deliver the beautiful blooms. After many years of working in marketing and advertising, she loves being surrounded by gorgeous flowers at work. A few of her favorites are lisianthus, dahlias, and strawflowers. Julia loves working with clients to create floral designs that inspire joy!
When she's not at the studio, you're likely to find her enjoying a good book, hanging with her family, or heading out for a hike - always sporting a smile! Julia grew up nearby in Annapolis, MD but now lives in DC proper with her husband Zach, daughter Penelope, and wonderful pup, Mackenzie.