Sun Valley Florist’s new owner expands shop

By Karen Brainard

Frankie Berkley Newberg, the new owner of Sun Valley Florist, brings over 40 years experience in floral design to Ramona.

“I specialize in weddings and events because I have a long history in that,” said Newberg.

Most notable, she said, was her experience working for a florist in Nashville, Tenn., that serviced the Opryland Hotel.

“They have conventions and weddings continually,” Newberg said of the Opryland Hotel.

Although Newberg has lived in other states, she was raised in Ramona and said, “I just alway felt this was my home.”

Sun Valley Florist’s new owner, Frankie Berkley Newberg, places a plant by the large fountain that graces the center of her shop. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard

Newberg has expanded the Sun Valley floral shop to include gifts and accessories, which are displayed around the store in antique cabinets and on shelves. A 6-foot tall fountain surrounded by potted plants graces the center of the shop.

The florist is excited about her recent purchase of an 1810 Wardian case that was once used to ship botany samples. She plans to put tropical plants in the large glassed-in case that she said is similar to a terrarium.

Newberg has also expanded the hours of Sun Valley Florist at 758 Main St. and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We’ll go above and beyond, and deliver after hours,” she said.

She plans to offer floral design classes and said she will hold a grand opening at 6 p.m. on Sept. 24 with food, music and displays of floral showpieces.

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