2011 marks Perri Crutcher’s second year participating in Arts & Flowers, and ALIAS Chamber Ensemble is spotlighting this talented florist whose OSHi gallery in Nashville is widely known for its breathtaking beauty. Perri will be pairing with an artist during this year’s Arts & Flowers, and we can’t wait to find out who it is.

Q: Your floral artistry is known world-wide – from London and Paris to Tokyo and, now, Nashville. Will you share with us a few of your career highlights?

A: Having the honor to design floral décor for so many amazing people, like Princess Diana, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lena Horne, Lisa Marie Presley, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, just to name a few.

Q: At what age did you discover your love of horticulture? What inspired you to pursue a career in creating art with flowers?

A: When I was five years old, being able to garden with my great aunt in Memphis, Tennessee, and seeing the beauty behind her endless grapevines, enormous hedges of gardenias and beautiful arched peach trees. As for creating art with flowers, I discovered a book that was written by my mentor and one of the world’s greatest floral designers, Ronaldo Maia, titled “Decorating with Flowers.” From there I went on to work with him in New York City. The rest is history.

Q: How would you characterize your style?
A: Classically traditional with a modern architectural edge. And “a little bit of country.”

Q: How has your style evolved over the years?
A: From – as a child – gathering blossoms and placing them in an assortment of kitchen ware, including Flintstone jars, sugar troughs and tea pots, on my great aunt’s breakfast table to designing an elaborate wedding in one of the great palaces of Istanbul. With more than 30 years of experience, I serve clients all over the world installing décor for weddings, charity galas, corporate events and private parties.

Q: You participated in last year’s inaugural Arts & Flowers. Will you tell us about your experience?
A: Priceless!

Q: You will, once again, be participating in Arts & Flowers on July 23. Which local artist will you be working with – and can you give us a clue as to what we can expect from the pairing?
A: Mum’s the word…

Learn more about Perri Crutcher and OSHi at http://www.oshiflowers.com.