about the studio
N E C T A R + B L O O M is a boutique floral design studio based in San Diego, California. Directed and owned by Jen Lagedrost Cavender, who is a published poet + former professor of creative writing + literature, N E C T A R + B L O O M was born from Jen’s desire to create living set design + storytelling details for joyous celebrations.
N E C T A R + B L O O M's mission is to vividly transcribe your authentic stories into vivacious floral designs that craft the textured, colorful, and fragrant medium of flora into captivating atmospheres + intentional experiences for you + your guests and fellow revelers.
N E C T A R + B L O O M pairs fine art with free spirit, specializing in lush arrangements, opulent hand-tied bouquets, and artistic installations inspired by the native wild of the natural world.
L U S H • I N T E N T I O N A L • U N T A M E D
Jen holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, Poetry, along with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature + Writing. Her formal training in the craft of language informs and influences how she designs with the vivid, scented, and textured medium of flora. For Jen, floristry is a three-dimensional rhetorical construct, as a medium for storytelling, and an act of composition that invites vivid and resonant experiences for all who enter.
Jen's work, both poetic and floral, reveals a deep love for the wilderness paired with a passion for fine art and free-spirited design. As a writer and logophile, Jen is fascinated by languages of all kinds, including that of floristry (the curation of botanical wonders). Just as poetry attends to sound, rhythm, image, and negative space, so too does floristry "tune" the experience of its "readers" with color palette, texture, scent, depth, and air.
When not designing, Jen can be found running sunny miles along canyon trails, beaches, or through the palm-lined neighborhoods of San Diego. Jen is also rather devoted to her incredible husband Carr, her Ashtanga yoga practice, and to adventuring in the marvelous world abroad.