Welcome to Taproot, a Brooklyn-based floral design studio & school.

With each class we teach and wedding we design, we're on a mission to help our community thrive and grow.

photo credit | natalia c bell

photo credit | natalia c bell


taproot | noun | tap·root

a primary root of a plant, from which smaller roots grow


- Our Flowers -

We specialize in working with locally grown flowers. Choosing to source from local farms means that:

  • Our flowers are as fresh as flowers get.
  • Toxic preservatives, excess packaging, or jet fuel aren't needed for delivery, and we get to work with unusual, delicate flowers that wouldn't survive long-distance shipping.
  • Our work helps support our neighbors, the local economy, and the local agricultural community.

When we can't find local flowers, we prioritize purchasing American grown and imported flowers from farms that are certified through the Florverde Sustainable Flowers, Veriflora Sustainably Grown, or Rainforest Alliance certification programs.

photo credit | alpha smoot

photo credit | alpha smoot



Since our launch in 2014, we've purchased thousands of flowers from 25 local flower farms. A few of our favorite farmers include:

Kristin Burrello | Muddy Feet Flower Farm

Angela DeFelice | Rock Steady Farm & Flowers

Greg Lebak | Lebak Farms

Evelyn Lee | Butternut Gardens

photo credit | alpha smoot

photo credit | alpha smoot



- Who We Are -


Rachel Gordon | Owner | Florist

Hi! I'm Rachel. I know the lyrics of far too many show tunes, love all things yellow, and believe that coloring inside the lines is optional. 

I'm always amazed by how flowers can bring people together. Whether you're looking to become a florist or planning a wedding, you're in the right place. Welcome to our community—one that connects neighbors, farmers, clients, students, and florists. I can't wait to meet you.

(...but please bring me Sudafed when you visit, ok? I'm allergic to flowers. Oops.)

photo credit | emily wren

photo credit | emily wren

photo credit | alpha smoot

photo credit | alpha smoot


Elaine Burns | Florist

Margaret Cuff | Florist

Alexis Winter | Florist

We're hiring interns for our fall 2017 season! Email hello@taprootflowers.com for details.



Team Taproot is profoundly grateful for the help of the following individuals:

Shruti Goins

Ellen Frost

Linsey Laidlaw

Alpha Smoot


"The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks." - Tennessee Williams, "Camino Real"

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