The Floral Studio
Established in 2010.
What is a Floral Studio? My Viola~Floral Studio is a space where people can come to express their emotions thru flowers. Come touch the hydrangeas or smell the stock blossoms that are out on display. Voted 2015 Most Improved Commercial building by the Great Falls NeighborWorks, the 20' tall, tin ceilings and exposed skylight give the space a welcoming, light and airy atmosphere. Be inspired by the music playing or looking thru the different displays that My Viola offers. My Viola~Floral Studio's passion is flowers and floral design...and we want you to come explore your creativity! See us at our new location at 716 Central Ave.
Enjoy a night out with Friends & Flowers...My Viola~Floral Studio holds floral design classes seasonally. It's a grand time getting together with friends, having refreshments and making a beautiful bouquet for yourself to take home. Classes are very popular and will be limited to 12 "students"per class. Be sure to sign up early!
Weddings & Events... My Viola~Floral Studio specializes in Wedding design and setup. My Viola~Floral Studio has the only certified Wedding Specialist in Great Falls. Thru the use of flowers, My Viola-Floral Studio will create a festive,funky party or an elegant, casual atmosphere for any social gathering in Great Falls or surrounding areas.
About the Owner
Kari lane Johnson
Owner Kari lane Johnson, a Great Falls native, has over 17 years experience in the Floral Industry. She first started at Riverview Floral & Greenhouse in Ft. Benton, MT learning floral design and techniques. She then moved to Sally's Flowers in Great Falls where she worked as a delivery driver and designer creating her sense of design style. She then moved to Electric City Conservatory where she gained much experience working for 7 years...3 years as assistant manager and another 3 years as manager.
She has completed training thru the Floral Design Institute of Portland, OR and is certified in Basic Floral Design and as an Advanced Wedding Specialist. She serves as the secretary of the Montana Florist's Association. She is also the recipient of the 2012 Aspire Award from the GFDA.
When not at My Viola, Kari enjoys spending time with her husband, Garrett and feline friends, Pidgewidgeon, Windsor and her kitten Filbert. She enjoys gardening and reading.
"Viola" is our beloved cat for which the shop is named after...
Holly Murray-Floral Designer…Holly joined our team early 2016. She enjoys cooking, flowers and her family, who have moved from Wyoming to Montana. She is looking forward to getting back to floral design and working with flowers!
Melissa Otteros-Floral Designer…Melissa has traveled all over the world and has worked as a floral designer in Iowa and Germany. Settling into Great Falls over the few last years, she has enjoyed getting back to the floral world!
Nicole Saley-Freelance Floral Designer…Nicole has over 18 years of Floral design experience and helps out at My Viola for Weddings, Events and Holidays. A Great Falls native, Nicole enjoys traveling and the outdoors with her kids and significant other.
Kaylee Olson-Customer Service...Just graduating, Kaylee has joined My Viola this Summer. Her positive attitude will bring a smile to your day!
Hailey Haverlandt-Johnson-Plant Expert...Hailey brings her love and knowledge of plants to My Viola. Also a Great Falls native, Hailey enjoys gardening when not at her other job!
Connie Becker-Merchandiser...Connie, also a Great Falls native, (Kari's mom!) has the most important job at My Viola-taking care of all the cut flowers and merchandise that comes in. Connie is the creator of Lulu Baby's wool creations…very popular items and only sold at My Viola!
Nicollette Lewis-Delivery Extraodinaire…Nicollette sees that your floral orders are delivered safely and beautifully! Nicollette joined My Viola the summer of 2015. She enjoys movies, her beloved dog "Bandit" and fishing with her boyfriend.
Thorn Becker-Shop Helper...Thorn comes in everyday to help out around the shop by going on deliveries or cleaning up after all of us! Thorn enjoys BMX racing and is one of the top racers in the state.
Garrett Johnson- Office Manager...The "Man behind the curtain", Garrett takes care of all the accounts, payments and bills! When not working his other full time job, you'll see him assisting Kari with weddings or out delivering on Saturdays.