In 2016, Tiger Lily Florist celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a good old fashioned neighborhood gathering. They served cake, champagne, cotton candy and of course gave away complimentary flowers. Not only did everyone get a bouquet of tulips but they received 2 bouquets. One to keep and one to “Petal it Forward” and brighten someone else’s day. In total, Tiger Lily gave away 500 tulips bouquets to long-time customers, new customers, friends and family. Giving back to a community that has voted Tiger Lily “Best Florist in Charleston” since the year 2000 is an important part of their relationship with this very special city.
Located in the heart of the Cannon-Elliottborough neighborhood in Charleston, South Carolina, owners Manny and Clara Gonzales have set their flower shop apart from the rest by offering friendly service, innovative designs, extraordinary weddings and lasting relationships. Their renovation of an abandoned 1920’s service station back in 2004, earned them the prestigious Carolopolis Awards from the Preservation Society of Charleston. This award is given for excellence in preservation, restoration or rehabilitation to Charleston buildings.
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce recognized Tiger Lily in 2004 as one of the Emerging 10 Companies and then bestowed them with the 2004 Small Business of the Year Award.
2005 brought the couple the SC Small Business Person of the Year Runner-up award and the following year the Wholesale Florist & Floral Supplier Association honored them with the 2006 National Retail Florist of the Year Runner-up Award.
Clara was listed as one of Elegant Bride magazine’s Top Floral Designers in 2005 and a finalist in Charleston’s Influential Women in Business 2009 CEO Finalists. While Manny has been an active member serving on the board at the Society of American Florists. He recently completed his position as SAF Retail Council Chairman, representing all retail florists in the US.
The Gonzales's continue to lead the industry through innovation within their own organization and mentorship on a local and national level. Both have made commitments to local boards such as Trident Technical College Foundation Board, The Lowcountry FoodBank, Chamber of Commerce and more. Tiger Lily’s free flower bouquet give-aways for events such as Women’s Day and National “Petal it Forward Day” has become one of their hallmarks in the community.
Gayla Harvey has been leading their dedicated team of floral designers in our wedding and event department since 2002. Charleston and her surrounding barrier islands have been a top destination for weddings for well over two decades. Gayla’s ability to take her bride’s vision and create a masterfully executed and stunning event is unparalleled. Our wedding team has earned numerous awards and accolades from Borrowed and Blue, the Knot, Wedding Wire, Charleston Weddings, Elegant Bride and much more.
And where would a flower shop be without amazing fresh flowers? The purchasing team is lead by Elizabeth Ford who sources flowers on a daily basis from all over the world. Whether it’s California, Holland, South America, Chile or Thailand, Betsy has the connections to make dreams come true. Maintaining close ties with floral and plants vendors has helped set Tiger Lily apart and allowed them to provide its customers with unique, fresh and innovative products.
Tiger Lily’s floral design team is lead by Heather Tharpe whose consistent commitment to creating a lasting impression for floral recipients is noteworthy.
Sales team leader, Brenda Lancaster is dedicated to finding that perfect arrangement to express the feelings and emotions that make flower giving so special.
The delivery team, along with the hotel and contract design team work daily to make sure that there are fresh, beautiful flowers all over the Charleston area.
As anyone who has visited Charleston knows, this is a very special place. From plantations to resorts, beaches to marshes, and King Street to Broad Street, Tiger Lily Florist had been an integral part of the fabric that brings people together in the Lowcountry.
To Tiger Lily Staff,
Today I received a photo of the flowers you sent to my Aunt. They are lovely; just what I hoped they would be. Thank you. I wish you would open a shop in Indianapolis!
As a relative newcomer to Charleston finding out where the 'right' place to shop eat dry clean etc has had me somewhat distracted. I can now add to my list of "where to go" --tiger lily as THE place for flowers. Recently I celebrated a birthday and was the lucky recipient of a bouquet from your studio. Not only was it beautifully arranged, but everything from the packaging to the lovely lady who delivered it was simply perfect. Best of all however is how the flowers have held up. All are still as fresh as the day they were sent.
I just wanted to say thanks so much! The arrangement was delivered right on time and was beyond beautiful. I have used ProFlowers and other web sites many times in the past…never again. Tiger Lily is the number to call!