Sarah von Pollaro is the founder of Urban Petals.
has been passionate about flowers since she
began arranging them with her
grandmother as a young girl.
Years later, between semesters at Yale University
apprenticed with two top designers in Manhattan who had been trained by the renowned French florist Christian Tortu.
Although a promising young floral designer, upon graduation Sarah
chose to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector in affordable housing and youth development.
Always finding joy in arranging and realizing she could combine her passion for flowers and helping others, she launched Urban Petals in 2004.
Sarah created the Flower Party and Flower Empowered to share her love of flowers and belief that anyone on any budget can create gorgeous, long lasting floral designs with the proper tools, instruction, and a little encouragement.
In person and on the Flower Empowered website, Sarah
provides tips and tricks of the trade while demonstrating floral design techniques in a fun and simple way.
has been likened to Julia Child as she
demystifies the classical art of floral arranging and has filmed a special on the subject for PBS.
is also privileged to teach at the Smithsonian
Sarah loves giving flowers and inspiring others to do the same and strongly believes that when people create their own floral designs, they tend to smile more, which makes the world a better place.
started the Brighten Lives initiative to share flowers with those who could not otherwise afford them.
team serve nonprofit organizations by donating arrangements from events, hosting therapeutic floral workshops, and providing centerpieces for fundraisers.
When not arranging flowers or inspiring others to do the same, Sarah
can be found playing with her
son Theo who loves trucks as much as she
is personally involved with The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
, a camp started by Paul Newman for children and families coping with cancer, sickle cell anemia, and other serious illnesses.