IMG_4055Hi! I’m Bethany, owner and designer of ButterKup Flowers, a small floral design studio in Takoma Park, Maryland. I can bring a little slice of locally grown heaven to your next special event, wedding, and everyday flowers. I love small and intimate events; backyard weddings, cozy rehearsal dinners, bar and bat mitzvahs, memorial church flowers – anywhere the poignant language of flowers can be appreciated by those nearest and dearest to you. For this reason I especially love working with DIY wedding couples and offer classes and workshops throughout the year.

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When I say local – I mean it – not because it has become a trendy little buzz word but because I believe in the importance of supporting local flower growers.  I travel to Local Flower Farms within a 150 mile radius of Washington DC, sometime driving as far as Lancaster County, PA. From the field to the vase, sometimes in as little as a few hours, these flowers are fresher and lovelier than the pesticide-filled and already-weeks old flowers you find in a conventional florist or grocery store.

I have a core group of trusted farmers committed to pesticide-free, locally grown flowers and plants. Their hard work shows up not only in the superior flowers they grow but in the bio-diverse, bee-friendly oasis they create within our urban and suburban Maryland/DC/Virginia community. I also grow my own here in Takoma Park but I always rely on the expertise of my flower farming community.


I am also committed to arranging flowers WITH OUT Floral Foam for many reasons, not least of which is the non-biodegradable status of this toxic material.
But also because I am pretty damn clever at coming up with innovative designs without it.


photo by Maureen Pacheco Photography

Best of all, these local lovelies add a special poignancy to all occasions, especially weddings.  Matoli_Secondshooting_Alexandria453Locally grown, seasonal blooms celebrate what is lovely today, in this season, on this one special day we share together on Planet Earth.  A seasonal wedding bouquet marks the day of your Big Event like no other. AnabellaAndy_KentlandsMansion1587

Email or call anytime so we can discuss all that is Local and Lovely and just plain Fabulous today!



dahlia with silk tie and leather button



  1. Barbara Brown says

    Hi Bethany, we met yesterday at the Christmas tree farm. I bought two bows, one was green and cream.

    I have a question, how do you do a January wedding with local only? Thinking ahead to my daughters wedding….. Likely a winter wedding. Thanks, Barbara

    • Hi Barbara! Hope your bows worked well for you! January is a tricky month, that’s true, but there are several Maryland and Virginia greenhouse that supply us with tulips, snap dragons, stock, gerber daisies, pussy willow, echeveria and amaryllis. Flowering branches and bulbs can be forced into bloom with enough advance planning. Later in winter (late Feb and March) there’s hellebore, which are GORGEOUS. You’d be surprised, I’m sure, as all that is local and lovely even in the dead of winter. Hope to hear from you and your daughter soon!

      • oh! AND there are the BEST calla lilies and ranunculus I have ever seen grown in 3-generation family-owned greenhouse in Lancaster, PA. I can and have driven there for clients and would happily do that again. See? LOTS to choose from. Yea LOCAL!

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