While growing up in downtown Jacksonville, Mardee Morris was inspired by her mother’s work as an interior designer (and event design). She helped her father with his historical preservation and restoration projects. Garden design and gardening were passed down from her grandfather who grew native plants from seeds and roots. While going to college and living the outdoor life in Colorado Mardee fell in love with the combination of organic beauty of nature and high end design . In 1996 she opened a floral and event design business, eventually returning to Florida in 1998.