Macon native to appear on HBO flower design contest


A Macon florist will be participating in an HBO Max series premiering this week.

Canaan Marshall, who was born and raised in Macon, participates in the second season of Full Bloom, an HBO Max flower design competition.

“We know how to make flowers but how to design them on a larger scale, and how to use time management, it was totally different from when I do flowers, but it was a big, big opportunity. I couldn’t. without it, “Marshall said.” It was a lot of fun. “

Marshall was contacted by HBO Max to see if he was interested in appearing on the show, and the selection process was lengthy with multiple interviews and even a psychological assessment, he said.

Simon Lycett, Elizabeth Cronin and Maurice Harris, florists who create flower arrangements for celebrities from Beyoncé to the Queen of England, host the show and judge the work of the 10 candidates.

The contest winner receives $ 100,000, and the first episode of season two will be available to stream Thursday at 3 a.m., according to the HBO Max website.

How he became a florist

Marshall was working at the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences when he met florist Allison Lucas. She taught him to arrange flowers, he said.

“The only thing that really appealed to me was the different colors. I like the color. I like to mix things up and make it really sweet, but also to learn the flowers and the technique and how to really do a mass arrangement, ”he said.

Growing up in Macon, Marshall said he hadn’t seen many people putting flowers in their homes, either because they didn’t have access to fresh cuts or because they weren’t enough. confident to make an arrangement.

“I want to show others that they can do it,” he said. “A lot of people who don’t have access to it, or who don’t know the meaning … that’s the only reason I really, really love making flowers, and I love showing people. “

He attended Mercer University and then pursued a career as a florist, starting his business in 2012. Now he hosts big events and some celebrities as well.

His work has been featured in several magazines including Traditional Home and Modern Luxury, and he has been hired to create the arrangements for events such as To Live & Dine by ADAC, Design Wine & Dine by the Historic Macon Foundation and Atlanta Symphony Associates ‘Decorators’ Show House & Gardens, according to its website.

“Flowers are a great way to show love. They smell divine and who in the world would say they don’t like flowers. Guys, girls, everyone loves flowers, so I think it’s like a universal love for flowers, ”he said.

This story was originally published June 8, 2021 6:00 a.m.

Jenna Eason creates useful news around the culture, business and people who make a difference in the Macon community for The Telegraph. Jenna joined the Telegraph staff as a Peyton Anderson Fellow and multimedia reporter after earning a journalism degree from Mercer University in May 2018 and an internship at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jenna has covered issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, Central Georgia elections, and protests for the Central Georgia community and Telegraph readers.
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