If you’re cruising along the scenic county road 213 between Rosendale and Stone Ridge, you might happen to notice a small green cottage on the north side aptly named The Green Cottage. And if you’re searching the area for vendors for your event in nearby Crested Hen Farms or The 1850 House — or any other venue in Ulster County — chances are you’ll find a lot of what you need here.
“The Green Cottage started off as a serendipity,” says owner Dennis Nutley, a former in-house florist at Mohonk Mountain House who set out to build his own floral design business in 1997. Back then, he and his partner David Urso, a jeweler, were looking for a place to set up shop in the area. Their real estate agent showed them to the small green cottage they now occupy but at first they were skeptical about the location.
“Our real estate agent was really persistent and she was convinced that this was a really good place for us,” recalls Dennis. “We finally gave in and then we spent some time batting around possible names for the business. And after awhile we said to ourselves, why not The Green Cottage? It’s the most obvious one.”
Since then, Dennis has been creating floral design for Hudson Valley brides in a style he describes as modern classic. “I see my work as timeless and always relevant no matter what the prevailing styles are on any given day. They are classic, but updated and modified.”
Dennis describes his partnership with David Urso, whose jewelry shop is based at the Green Cottage, as the perfect collaboration. “I run a lot of my design ideas by him and he is my sounding board. I usually hit things right on the head the first time, but he tells me when I get it wrong,” says Dennis.
In addition to being a part of the Green Cottage’s floral design process, David’s jewelry and gifts selections make The Green Cottage more than just a flower shop. “It’s a place where brides and their families can find perfect gift combinations. Usually brides find something they like to give to their bridesmaids while their in the shop working on their flowers. Or sometimes they find a one of a kind piece they’d like to wear at their wedding.”
For Dennis, keeping it local is a very big part of his business philosophy. “As much as we can, we acquire our flowers locally. About half of our clientele are also local girls whose relatives were past brides of ours. I get a big kick out of these young ladies who are in their 20’s now, who come in a tell us ‘When I was 5‑year-old you did the flowers for my cousin’s wedding, and I knew then that I wanted you to be my florist’,” says Dennis with a laugh.
While you don’t need to plan 20 years in advance to work with The Green Cottage, Dennis suggests a lead time of at least 3 weeks when consulting with him about your wedding. But if it’s an emergency with short advance notice, Dennis says he’s up challenge. “Even if it’s only a day in advance, I’ll do my best to help a bride’s dream wedding come true. It’s really just a matter of getting to know the bride and knowing who she wants to be on her day.”
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