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.
alix (at) littleacreflowers.com
Alix started working at Little Acre in 2014, but has loved flowers all her life. Born into a long line of avid gardeners, she spent her childhood summers wandering nurseries and flower farms, never dreaming that in the future she would get to spend every day surrounded by such beauty. Jumping on board just before the Valentine’s Day rush, she was hooked and hasn’t stopped arranging flowers since.
With a passion for great design, Alix studied art and art history at The College of William and Mary and got her MA in art history and museum studies at Georgetown. She joined Little Acre after working for the Smithsonian and a local contemporary art gallery. Alix loves being able to use her creativity to bring joy to people every day through beautifully composed arrangements and the highest quality local flowers (if she’s not designing with them, she’s probably photographing or painting them!).
When not at the studio, Alix enjoys painting, yoga, and testing out new recipes in the kitchen. She lives on the Hill with her husband, Richard, and their pup Emma.