Bouquets of Joy
A conversation with Randal Marsh of The Flower Truck OKC
If you haven’t heard of The Flower Truck OKC, you’re missing out. The brainchild of Randal Marsh that came into being as a result of the pandemic, the company quickly became a popular point of interest in Oklahoma City. Now with a brick-and-mortar shop and happy clients, The Flower Truck is a mainstay.
Marsh and his talented team are blissfully busy, providing joy and celebrating life through flowers.
WHAT IS YOUR EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE IN FLORAL DESIGN?
All of my floral training has been on-the-job, as well as from attending design shows and workshops around the country. Before opening my own business, I spent 15 years in the floral business. In this nuanced career, you’re constantly learning, changing and adapting every single day.
DO YOU EMPLOY OTHER FLORISTS?
Right now I have two of the most talented and hard-working designers in my employ. Sandra McLennan does most of our daily orders, and she boasts about 35 years in the floral design industry. Melissa Brumfield is my wedding and event planner. She’s been at it for over 10 years now.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START THE FLOWER TRUCK OKC?
At the beginning of the pandemic, I found myself at home and out of work, due to the shutdown. Almost immediately, people were calling and texting me asking if I could still make a flower arrangement and deliver it for them. I was working alone, out of my kitchen. In less than a month, I realized I had something and now was the time for me to take that leap of faith. It just felt right.
HOW HAS YOUR BUSINESS EVOLVED?
In the beginning we were operating out of the truck, but we couldn’t have known how quickly we’d grow out of that. We soon found ourselves operating out of a design studio inside Factor 110 Events, and we spent our first year under their gracious wings. They gave us a space to grow and thrive – and boy, did we ever! After only one year, we’ve moved into our new home at 1714 W. Britton Rd. We do hope in the near future that we’re able to get back to having the truck as a place to shop for flowers and design, but for now we’re just too busy. That’s a problem we’ll happily live with.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT SERVING THE OKLAHOMA CITY AREA?
While we deliver all over the metro, most of our clients are in Nichols Hills and Quail Creek. Having worked in this area all of my career, I’ve been able to really get to know my customers and their tastes, preferences and even dislikes. You do a presentation bouquet for a ballet recital, a corsage for prom, and then – boom – they’re married, and you’re doing flowers for a baby shower.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE FLOWERS?
I love thistles, hellebores, clematis, dahlias and hydrangeas. I just can’t live without peonies. Obviously, this is a hard one. I love them all! Don’t make me pick a favorite child!