Tobey Nelson is a Whidbey Island florist practicing sustainable floristry


I’m Tobey.  I’m a silly, sarcastic optimistic plant freak known for adopting random accents & for being very direct (and for my potty mouth, if we’re being honest!).  I’m a hard worker and a people pleaser – which works to great advantage for my clients!  I get excited about creating beautiful, relaxed, authentic events for my couples & clients.  I am also super passionate about helping the floral industry be more sustainable, and love to teach my tricks to other florists and event pros.

I’m powerless in the face of good coffee, dark chocolate, and red wine.  The garden is the place where I find my peace. I’m obsessed with flowers, weddings, sustainable floristry, and floral art.

Thank you much for stopping by.  I can’t wait to hear how I can help you!  What are your floral dreams?  How can I help make your event seamless?  Drop me a line to say hi, and let me know how I can help!

Looking for more of a pedigree intro?  Well, I have a BS in Horticulture from Michigan State University and have studied (in person) with Tomas deBruyne, Gregor Lersch, Hitomi Gilliam, Francoise Weeks, Susan Mcleary, Joseph Massie and many others along the way.


Our philosophies:

Tobey Nelson Events + Design was founded on 5 core principles:

Beauty Matters

Humans benefit from connecting with the beauty of nature – you’ve heard about Flower power, right?!  Any day or occasion is enriched by the addition of flowers or plants.  We can help you figure out your best flower choices for the look you desire, and how to transform your event by inviting nature to the party.

Every couple deserves a beautiful wedding day

We do mean EVERY couple – we are BIG believers in marriage equality!!  We support love in all its forms, and support the LGBTQQIP2SAA movement.  I’m a she/her and I’m cool with whatever you are.  We also do not discriminate on the basis of race or culture.

Business practices can have positive impacts

We like to “do good” with our flowers.  We practice sustainable floristry.

Origin matters:  we source our flowers from local farms & we hire local businesses.  People matter:  we pay our employees a living wage endeavor to be a good place to work. Sustainability matters:  we employ eco-friendly methods whenever possible and endeavor to be as low waste as possible.  When you hire us, you are “doing good” too!

The best weddings are a reflection of the couple

Every couple is different, so every wedding should be unique.  We like to get personal with our clients.  Tell us your story so we can help you make your wedding truly feel like you.  Sometimes it only takes a tiny touch to make a big impact.

Floral design is a craft

We aren’t just slapping daisies in a jar over here.  Each floral creation is a carefully considered contribution meant to engage your guests and enhance your special day.  We love flowers, and want you to love what we create for you.

Big Huge Thanks to WhidbeyTV (a division of Whidbey Telecom) for including me in their Artistic Expressions series.  Watch and learn more about my business and flower philosophy:

Whidbey Island Florist Tobey Nelson was featured on Whidbey TV Artistic Energy Series


Gratitude to the talented team at Fusionspark Media for this beautiful piece!