Flower Magazine

JUL-AUG 2019

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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man. It was a rainy day, and I was there with my girlfriend. I remember two things. First of all, he spoke beautiful English. Second of all he wasn't cranky. He was wonderfully welcoming and invited us to his home." For Tilley it was love at first sight, "even though I didn't believe in love at first sight," she says. The pair stayed in touch by telephone for 16 months until Gurhan moved to New York. They were engaged soon after and married in 1999, the year Tilley left banking to run the business operations for Gurhan. In the wake of 9/11, when the couple set about looking for a new apartment, it had to meet three criteria: It had to be downtown (in a show of solidarity with the wounded part of their city), it had to have a view, and it had to have a garden. The West Village apartment they found had it all: a wonderful downtown feel, 360-degree views of the city, and an 1,800-square-foot roof perfect for a garden. Though the couple both love the garden, it is unquestionably Tilley's oeuvre. "I do all the work up there," she says proudly. "I love to get my hands dirty." The result of her work is an eclectic, bohemian, magical space so lush it's hard to remember that everything is in containers. She loves trees and has an array of willows, column oaks, birches, mulberries, poplars, and maples. A trellis laden with wisteria, along with clusters of annuals and perennials, attracts the locals. "The birds love the trees, and the butterflies love the flowers," says Tilley. She appreciates the order and restraint of other gardens but isn't drawn to that style. "I love the craziness of the English garden. I love mixing the colors," she says. "I'm constantly trying new things and changing it up. "Gurhan is always saying to me, 'You don't have to redecorate the roof!'" she says. But, for a woman whose life has been so rewarded by being open to possibility, how can she resist? J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 9 | 59 For more information, see Sources, page 84

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