Supply chain problems have rattled small business owners all over the country since the pandemic hit, but one inventive entrepreneur says she’s ready to make roses out of roadblocks. She’s asking for help from the community to keep her fledgling floral business budding.

Lake Highlands neighbor Rachel Denison opened East Dallas Flower Co. last October, and friends and neighbors have kept her hopping with their orders of school dance boutonnieres, wedding displays and special occasion bouquets. There’s just one problem – with Mother’s Day coming up, she’s just about down to her last glass vase. The nation’s glass shortage has her scrambling to find enough to make deliveries.

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Denison is asking neighborhood moms who have piles of old vases from previous gifts to donate them to her upstart business. She’ll gussy them up and fill them full of colorful blooms for new recipients.

If you’re willing to help, make arrangements with her for drop off or pick up at You’ll likely never see the final product, but you can envision a child giving daisies to mom or an elderly woman receiving roses from her adoring family. A good deed well done and recycling at its best.

You may order flowers at Denison’s website here.