“I enjoy working with flowers and I always liked to garden,” St. Pierre said. “I was in the medical field, and I think flower are much more creative and less stressful in some ways.”
Moore said she had been a preschool teacher over the Children’s Place down the street and then in 1999 started working for the previous owner. She said it was a tough choice to change fields.
“I like doing both but I had to pick one or the other,” Moore said.
The pair said they do all customer arrangements for every job they get, whether it’s for anniversaries, valentines or weddings. A lot of times they are just told a little bit about the person the flowers are for and work from there.
“First, it always helps to know if the subject is male or female,” Moore said.
The pair said the strangest request they received was a subject asking for the flowers to be arranged around a fishing rod and reel.
“It was very nice, we had the bouquet where the reel was and had flowers going up the pole,” Moore said.
The pair agreed valentines can be very difficult, as it’s a season that can require a lot of tact from the bouquet’s creator. Even though the end product could be something beautiful and send all the right messages for the subject, even the basic building blocks can get tricky.
“Some people love carnations and some people really hate them,” St. Pierre said. “A lot of times people will say just do something pretty with pinks and reds or whatever colors they like, which is nice for us because then we can be creative.”
The pair said they also do flower arrangements for funerals, which is never the happiest occasion, but they feel sometimes they can make a valid contribution to the process of dealing with loss.
“One funeral they brought in the woman’s sewing basket and we used that for a vase,” Moore said. “For one man we put his favorite hat in an arrangement.”
The pair said they also let local artists sell their pieces through consignment at the store, with several pottery pieces, photographs and paintings for sale att he shop.
“The woman who does the photographs is from Wrentham and the woman who does the pottery is from Walpole,” St. Pierre said.
The pair said they donate to the Wrentham schools, local parishes and youth sports and deliver locally to the town.
Doherty’s Flowers is located at 48 South St. and is open 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on weekdays.