Bryan McRae, owner of Botanica, has been in the preserved flower industry for the past 20 years. Based out of Charlotte, NC, with a showroom in High Point, Botanica uses the most exquisite, preserved foliages and flowers available. Botanica's work can be found in some of the most prestigious residential and commercial interiors throughout the world. You will be mesmerized by the designs, the colors, and the extraordinary experience when you visit Botanica.
Bryan has been involved with the floral and horticulture industry his entire professional career. While working for a company that imported bulk preserved floral items, Bryan found that there was a growing client base that desired custom-made preserved floral arrangements. They were not interested, or did not understand how to design them. It was this experience that led to Bryan recognizing an opportunity in the floral industry, which was a need for the finished product. Botanica was founded in 1992 to cater to a unique niche in the floral industry.
Preserved flowers are real flowers that have been harvested and put through a process in which most of the moisture in the plant is removed and replaced with glycerin. Glycerin is natural, biodegradable and environmentally friendly. It leaves the flowers supple and natural looking and prevents further drying. In some cases natural dyes have been used to enhance the colors or copy current color trends. Other botanicals such as grasses, sticks, grains, vines and pods have been air dried. Some of these products are also dyed to mimic nature.
In contrast to traditional manufactured artificial flowers, preserved flowers give a fresh, natural and more organic look that will last for years and remain environmentally friendly. Caring for your preserved arrangement takes minimal effort. Make sure to place them away from high humidity areas and direct sunlight. Using a can of compressed air can be used occasionally to blow off any dust. With proper care your arrangement will last for years to come.