3101 SW Huntoon
Meet our team of noted artisans.
David Porterfield, Owner
David has spent his entire professional life doing what he loves at Porterfield’s. A Topekan by birth and choice, he attended Topeka public schools and graduated from Washburn with a BA in English. He has been an active citizen, including stints as president of the Mulvane Art Museum, the Mt. Hope Cemetery board, and the historic Jayhawk Theatre board among his many civic activities. He is also a long-time member of Grace Episcopal Cathedral. Professionally, he has served as president of the Kansas State Florists Association and has twice been on the national Board of Directors of the American Institute of Floral Designers. He was a selected designer for President Reagan’s second inaugural, the bicentennial celebration for the Statue of Liberty and the dedication of the horticulture wing of the Smithsonian Institution. He has been invited to lecture at the New York Botanical Gardens, the San Francisco Garden Club, the American Institute of Floral Designers National Symposium and many other venues.
Patrick Wages, Design Director
Patrick joined Porterfield’s in 1995. Patrick’s responsibilities are many, as regular customers are well aware. He buys virtually all of the fresh product used daily at Porterfield’s. This is in itself a huge task, as literally thousands of blooms are used weekly, and top quality and freshness are never negotiable. In addition, Patrick insures that every design that leaves the store is impeccably done with beautiful product. He also consults regularly with brides and event planners to produce some of Topeka’s most memorable occasions. Patrick joined Porterfield’s (as a data-entry person from a temp agency!) in March, 1995. One day shortly thereafter, he walked up to a design table in the workroom and announced that he was capable of designing. After showing the staff a sampling of his skills, he was quickly moved from the office to the design room as a full-time employee. We have yet to meet anyone with as much natural ability in this field as Patrick.
Ramona Perez, Designer (Recently Retired)
Farewell to our Beloved “Monie.”
Ramona “Monie” Perez survived 29 years in the workrooms of Porterfield’s Flowers before her retirement in August 2019. Her lifelong passion for flowers and beautiful design was left unfulfilled until her 50s when she attended Kaw Area VoTech School to learn “how to do it,” and did she ever!
Ramona’s talents have regularly graced some of Topeka’s most beautiful homes and offices. She will be missed by many Topekans, but especially by her loving co-workers.
Linda Kennison, Designer
Linda comes to us as an experienced professional in the floral business. She and her mother, Ilo, owned and operated Overbrook Floral for 35 years in the suburban town south of Topeka. The shop was closed in October 2017 when it came time for Mom to retire. Linda decided to stay in the business and we are so happy that she came to us when she did. Her skills and experience have been an invaluable addition to our store. Whether creating a show-stopping display on the sales floor or designing a gorgeous floral remembrance, Linda’s work is perfection. Add these skills to a delightful “Kansas” personality and you have the perfect fit for our newest Porterfield’s employee.
Denise Peterson, Designer
Denise brings a natural flair for design and a great head for business to our staff. As a multi-faceted individual, she shares her time between the office and the design room. Her upbeat personality compliments her skills perfectly and we are certain that you will find her as delightful as we do.
In addition our designers listed above, Porterfield’s is truly fortunate to have a cadre of involved people who help us in other ways. In the office Beverly Radefeld keep the books in order, while the front room and telephone sales team includes, Cheryl McCrite, Bobbi Showalter, Karolyn Schroeder, and Cindy Baird. Don and Tre’ keep the deliveries moving. We are grateful for each of our dedicated staff members.