Paper Peony is owned and operated by Natasha Price. Natasha is a lifelong Anchorage resident with more than 20 years’ experience in the floral industry.
Natasha works on a client-by-client basis. She is committed to top-notch floral design and is passionate about helping clients achieve their floral vision, especially those on a budget.
Using the freshest seasonal blooms available and sometimes incorporating Alaska elements such as wildflowers and greens, Natasha will bring a unique touch to your flowers.
What's in a name?
Often people ask me why my business is called Paper Peony. Do I make paper flowers? Not as of yet, but Paper Peony dates back alllllllll the way to my high school days when I worked in a small flower shop scrubbing buckets and pulling stamens out of lilies.
I was a big letter writer and used to lament Anchorage's lack of stationery availability (this was before Amazon, mind you). I used to dream of owning a flower and stationery shop where people could buy fresh bouquets and then accompany them with a hand-written letter on beautiful stationery.
What better name than Paper Peony?
Well, letter writing has gone to the wayside over the years but I still held on to the name.
And here's a little more about me:
Hello! If you've gotten this far then you must really want to learn about me! Thanks! My name is Natasha and I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. I grew up hiking, berry picking and mushroom foraging in the Alaska wild. Besides floristry I would say my favorite activity is foraging - whether it's for boletus mushrooms, lowbush cranberries or thrift store finds (yes, that's a bit like foraging).
My first job ever was at a grocery store flower department when I was 14. I now happen to live across the street from this same store and they still have a rocking floral section! I learned a lot about what it takes to be a florist while working in the grocery store.
In college I reconnected with a next door neighbhor, Evan, who happened to work at a flower shop in town. She and I started working together and developed Paper Peony as a team. Evan moved away in 2015 and I have been maintaining the Alaska brand since, although Evan contributes to the Instagram account from her Bay Area home.
I work out of my home studio (a.k.a. a garage expertly outfitted for my needs by my husband). I do not have a brick-and-mortar shop, but some day I dream of owning a studio space with lots of light, space to work and a cooler.
In addition to floristry, I got my Bachelor of Arts degree in French, Spanish and journalism. I currently work for a small commuincations and marketing firm. I also do voice over work for the local classical radio station (putting those child acting skills to good use!)
I'm also a mom.
Thanks for getting to know me!