Julia began her floral career in 2008 when she started designing at her mother’s “retirement hobby flower shop.” It did not take long for flowers to become her passion and her life. Shortly after, she became partner owner of Busy Bee Inspirationals – Home of Flowers by Julia Marie in rural Marceline, MO.
As a self-taught florist, Julia quickly understood the importance of floral education. With a strong desire to challenge herself to always “live outside the box”, she became an Illinois State Certified Professional Florist (ICPF) in 2013 and in 2014 received her European Master’s Certificate (EMC). In 2016, she was recognized as an American Certified Floral Designer (CFD) and was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) in 2017. In 2019, she received her accreditation as a Professional Floral Communicators - International (PFCI).
She travels to Canada, Europe and The United States as a floral presenter and educator at events such as Fleuramour at Alden Biesen Castle, IMP-ESSEN in Germany and AIFD Symposium. She has been a member of the EMC Team as the Education Coordinator, Public Relations Liaison, Project Manager and Teaching Assistant. She is a teaching instructor for the Illinois State Florist Association Bootcamp Series. She is a board member of South Central AIFD Regional Chapter and is the Chair of the Social Media Committee and Vice Chair of the National AIFD Career Development Committee.
She has recently started Flowers by Julia Marie Studio in Marceline, MO where she conducts floral art workshops for all educational levels.