Bryan started Botanica in 1992 in Charlotte, North Carolina. His goal was to meld his design skills with the fabulous potential of real preserved flowers and bring this niche industry to the global market. Botanica continues to be a success story and a trend setter.
Anyone who sees preserved flowers for the first time is astonished! They are real flowers, harvested at their peak and transformed into supple, natural looking, long lasting, and gorgeous specimens. Moisture in the plant is replaced with glycerin, a natural, biodegradable and environmentally friendly substance. In some cases, natural dyes are used to enhance appearance. The result is a flower with a fresh, natural, organic look and feel, and excellent longevity. This product is far superior to the traditional manufactured artificial flowers.
Bryan has spent years sourcing the finest preserved botanicals. Keep in mind that these are a once-a-year crop. Many demand different growing conditions. All are processed immediately where they are cultivated. So one arrangement can include plant material from a number of different countries. Care of preserved botanicals is easy. Avoid placing an arrangement in direct sunlight or in an area of high humidity. Dust occasionally with a gentle sweep from a can of compressed air. Your preserved arrangement will last for years!
Bryan McRae’s company, Botanica, operates from a workshop and showroom in Charlotte, North Carolina, but his business has expanded to showrooms in High Point, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. Botanica also boasts an extensive website. Bryan’s work can be found in prestigious commercial and residential interiors around the globe.