Gabriela Salazar, Valle De Bravo, Mexico
Images by Ana Laframboise and Daniel Klinckwort
Gabriela runs her floral business, La Musas De Las Flores, from a home she rents in the Valle de Bravo, a mountain town on a lake, west of Mexico City. She is interested in how we connect emotionally with where we live and with our work, which is why she became a floral designer and educator, working with flowers for editorial, weddings and events and also teaching her craft.
She grows her own flowers here and also buys from other local growers for her floral designs."My garden grows mainly dahlias. Dahlias are happy here and they can really have a very long season. The garden is less than 1 acre, it is a cut flower garden, so sometimes it's beautiful and blooming and some other times it is not. But I love the garden in all of its stages. It makes me witness the magic of nature, and that is a real gift in life. I grow varieties that hadn't been grown in Mexico before. It's been a very interesting learning curve for me. I have learned a lot from my mistakes, now I am more patient and I know that some varieties that I love are simply not meant for this weather. There are many others that have thrived here and we have even come up with varieties unique to this place."
The garden is less than 1 acre, it is a cut flower garden, so sometimes it's beautiful and blooming and some other times it is not. But I love the garden in all of its stages.
To do so this way, it requires patience and that's ok. I am learning to let go...
Gabriela's collection of vessels.