In Tribute and Memoriam

hilary

Dear friends,

It is with deep sadness that we announce Hilary has passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. She leaves our world as an icon in Vancouver’s floral industry, and more importantly, as a friend to us all.

Hilary was a truly remarkable woman who influenced the world of floral design since she first opened her beautiful and unique shop at the age of 29. With an incredibly artistic eye, she quickly became a floral trendsetter with her understated and impeccably stylish designs. Her work appeared in countless publications like Architectural Digest and Grace Ormonde magazine, as well as in over 200 feature films and major television productions. She was proud to have been the official florist for the International Olympic Committee, by their request, for the 2010 Olympics. Hilary felt privileged to be the longstanding in-house florist for the acclaimed Vancouver Club and she was also honoured to have a white Cymbidium orchid named after her by Le Nobel Orchids.

Perhaps even greater than these achievements, Hilary’s legacy will be the relationships she formed with her employees and clients. It is fair to say Hilary’s larger-than-life personality was as big of a draw for our customers as were the elegant floral arrangements she created. She took pride in getting to know her clients and found that the true value of her work was in helping them create lifelong memories through flowers. The fact our loyal clients kept coming back to Hilary for their weddings and other special occasions, or to simply say hello, was a testament to her friendships with them. More than a floral icon, Hilary will truly be missed by all who loved her for her kind and generous soul, lively sense of humour and her deep love of animals.

Hilary had been preparing for this day and has ensured her beloved shop will endure long after she is gone. She is handing the reins of Hilary Miles Flowers to Jehna Chrysler, her long-time senior designer, who has been managing the shop for the last few years and has been an integral part of its success. Jehna is a talented and dynamic florist in her own right and will continue to create simple, elegant and timeless designs that Hilary would be proud of. The Hilary Miles Flowers team is looking forward to creating new floral memories for our customers and will continue to form and maintain the friendships Hilary treasured.

Hilary’s life mirrored her passion; like the flowers she so dearly loved, she inspired us and brought beauty into our lives. We will miss her tremendously.

The Hilary Miles Flowers family

lily of the valley