ABOUT

OUR TEAM

Our Story

Our Story

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.

Our Team

Tobie Whitman

FOUNDER

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. 

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Amber Flack

GENERAL MANAGER

amber (at) littleacreflowers.com

Amber joined the Little Acre team in July 2018, after years of doing wedding & event florals as a side hustle, fulfilling a dream to turn her weekend job and passion in to a career. Not only does she love bringing joy to people’s lives through beautifully curated and sustainable floral designs, but she enjoys the business and logistics side of the floral world equally as much; she thrives on being able to use both sides of her brain on a daily basis!

Prior to joining Little Acre, Amber was in the technology and startup world, as one of the early employees at Uber, and she dabbled in PR and media after graduating from Syracuse University (Go Orange!) with a degree in Public Relations and Marketing.

Outside of the the studio, you’re likely to find Amber curled up with a book, whipping up something in the kitchen, or on her yoga mat (but realistically… she’s probably chasing her rambunctious toddler around). Amber resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, Andrew, and son, Simon.

Brigid Cowdrey

SENIOR DESIGNER

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.

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Jane Crosby

STUDIO & EVENT MANAGER

jane (at) littleacreflowers.com

Jane joined the team in 2020 as the Studio and Event Manager. She’s passionate about the intersection of the events industry with sustainable operations, and sustainable business practices. When she isn’t honing her skills as a floral designer or supporting day-to-day studio operations, Jane manages Little Acre’s growing events portfolio.

Prior to joining Little Acre, Jane worked as an event planner at the U.S. Green Building Council and in the non-profit sector for five years. Jane is certified as a LEED Green Associate and a TRUE Advisor; she received a Bachelor of Arts from Franciscan University where she studied Philosophy and Biology.

Outside of work, Jane enjoys volunteering at a local cat shelter, thrift shopping, and practicing yoga. (She is currently working on mastering her handstand!) Jane is passionate about protecting the environment and she strives to live a Low Waste lifestyle at work and at home. Jane resides in Arlington, Virginia.

Alleshia Lyon

FLORAL DESIGNER

alleshia (at) littleacreflowers.com

Alleshia started the new decade off right by joining our team and has since changed her career fully to floral design in 2020! Though being a creative and a lover of fine art her whole life, she caught the flower spell after designing the flowers for her own wedding in 2018, and has been captivated ever since. After working in the retail fashion industry from coast to coast for quite some time, she’s traded fashion for flowers and loves being creative every single day flowering the District! Free-spirited and textural designs are her jam, and is always striving to create pieces that impact and inspire others to see their world a little differently. Her favorite leading ladies are currently Dahlias, Ranunculus and Poppies!

A Seattle native, she is a lover of all things art, outdoors, music, 90’s/2000’s pop culture, and of course coffee. Alleshia lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and their Bernese Mountain dog Gatsby. When she’s not creating a flower bomb in the studio, she enjoys weekend camping/road trips, painting, backyard bonfires, researching where she’ll travel next, and waiting for Bachelor Mondays!

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