Perhaps most inspiring was Liesl’s time spent traveling through Western Europe and Scandinavia while living in London. It was there that Liesl realized the importance of flowers as part of the European culture. Stopping to smell the roses is not just a phrase in Europe. Flowers and the joy that they bring are seen as more of a necessity rather than a luxury, particularly in the colder climates where colorful blooms help to brighten the long winter days. The Europeans love to dress their homes with fresh-cut flowers. Flowers play an integral role in the European lifestyle, adding beauty and offering points of reflection and atmosphere in everyday life. It has long been Liesl’s dream to integrate this love of flowers and cultural indulgence into the Minneapolis/St. Paul community.