The daughter of Pakistani-American immigrants, Hira Rafiq is well aware of the dedication and sacrifice it takes to establish roots in unfamiliar soil. So there is no question how, after stopping by the shop just a few weeks ago to offer help for Mother's Day, she quickly became part of the Verde family and helped the small business grow and flourish. Hira, who holds an MBA from Simmons University, learned everything she knows about floral design while managing the shop for previous owner Jeff Sawyer.
It's no secret that flowers don't last forever. But in her work at Verde, Hira knows that personal service and beautiful arrangements can leave a lasting impression. It is these moments of joy experienced by clients, and the memories they share of bouquets from years past, that drive her dedication to high-quality design and attention to detail for each client that walks through the door.
Beyond Verde's clients, there is another group of people that inspire Hira's work: her nieces. As the only woman in her family to own a business, she has an important example to set. And there is no better motivation to continue the work she loves, leading the business with integrity and forging a path for others to follow.
MEGAN LAVERTY & KELLY BOETTGER
Megan Laverty is a full-time manager at Siena, a local restaurant, where she luckily met Jeff as a guest. Attending college for art and having a life-long passion for the outdoors, she asked Jeff on a whim if she would ever want an “extra set of hands” at the shop. Turned out it was perfect timing, and she has been helping out at Verde ever since. Tending to her own indoor garden of over 25 plants, Megan explains, “This role provides an outlet for my creativity and allows me to pursue my thirst of knowledge about plants and flowers.” Stop by and ask Megan to show you how to make an Ikebana design.
Kelly Boettger was born in Oahu, Hawaii and as a true islander, spent summers on Cape Cod. At 13, she and her family moved to Falmouth where she lived until marriage, relocating along with her husband and two children to Mashpee. Lovers of the outdoors, Kelly and her family spend their time swimming, sailing and enjoying the weather. She works full-time as a waitress at Siena and decided to join Megan at Verde to help out during the busy seasons. As Verde’s resident expert on orchids, she invites you to come by and ask how to care for them.
Meet our crew of high school and college students who help us out during holidays and summers. From left to right –
Kailey Barrows – Attends UMASS Dartmouth, Class of 2020, pursuing a BFA with a double major in Painting and Illustration.
Aiden Wieler – Senior at Bourne High School, class of 2019, member of the swimming, basketball, soccer and track teams; plans to attend college in the Fall and hopes to become an architect.
Riley Kennedy – Attends Bridgewater State, class of 2020, pursuing a BS in Health Services.
Dave Moriarty – Attends UMASS Dartmouth, Class of 2020, pursuing a BFA in photography.