January 2006 Matt and Bronwyn purchased Kistnerís Flowers, a business that has
been serving Manhattan and surrounding areas since 1946! Both Matt and Bronwyn
are K-State graduates. Matt got his degree in Greenhouse management with a
Business minor and Bronwyn received a dual degree in Psychology and Fine Arts.
They met and married while working at a local tree nursery to put themselves
through school. After graduation they both worked for the former owners of
Kistnerís, the Orr-Lee family, for three years. The call of adventure took them back to Bronwynís roots, Alaska, for three years where they worked at a
private lodge 90 miles down a dirt road, off the grid, in the heart of Denali
National Park. In their off seasons they travelled to Costa Rica for
backpacking, Juneau, Alaska for a winter living on a 32í sailboat and Bozeman,
Montana to experience the beauty of the Prairie meeting the mountains. While in
Bozeman, ending their 3rd year of adventuring around, they received a call that Kistnerís was for sale! After much considering and discussion they packed up and
headed back to Manhattan for their next adventure. January 2016 marks their 10th
anniversary owning and operating Kistnerís Flowers. They both enjoy raising
their family of 3 girls while being able to serve the community in a way that
allows them to showcase their natural ability for design and creativity.
of her studies in fine art and philosophy of aesthetics, Betsyís designs
fully showcase the unique beauty of the variety of fresh flowers
Kistnerís carries. Using color and texture, the same flower can exhibit
completely different style determined by its surroundings. Betsy also
enjoys turning houseplants into singular home and office decorations for
all tastes. Betsyís favorite flower is Ranunculus (Little Frog). Outside
of work, Betsy creates fine art with the help of her mentor, continues
her research with her growing collection of books, and participates in
local music through choir and musical theater. Heralding from Montana,
Betsy earned her degree at Montana State University and Universitť Paul-Valťry
in Montpellier, France. Throughout her childhood and into her adult
years she has been fortunate to travel to Australia, Canada, Italy,
Spain, Turkey, Sicily, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and France. She
would love to spend time in Mongolia or see the Himalayas. Speaking
French fluently would allow her to travel in Africa as well- perhaps to
see Mount Kilimanjaro. As a nature lover and explorer, she is also
interested in space travel. Although the creative aspect of the work at
Kistnerís flowers keeps her craftsmanship honed, it is the ever-changing
wishes of customers that keeps her inspired. Please stop by to put her
talents to the test and for conversation!
In the midst of owning her own wedding photography
business, Sarah began working for Kistnerís Flowers. Her plant
maintenance position allowed her to learn and absorb Kistnerís style
when she started helping with wedding work and sales. Her passion for
photography and her love for beautiful wedding details have played a big
role in transitioning into the flower world as the two play such a big
part for brides on their wedding day. Sarah and her husband, Jake, along
with their two dogs Digby and Charlie moved to Manhattan in 2014. They
manage the photography business together and you can find their work at
www.beautifulisolations.com. Sarah has a wide range of favorite flowers
depending on the season: peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, and the many
types of protea to name a few. She also has a slight obsession with
seeded eucalyptus! Her current role in the shop is design apprentice.
She manages Kistnerís social media and other personal relations, while
balancing her time with floral design and photography.
In the midst of studying at K-State for a Horticulture degree, Brett decided to apply at Kistner's Flowers after a class presentation from Matt and Annette. He joined the team in the spring, just in time to help with the upcoming wedding season, while learning the basics of the job. In his free time, Brett enjoys spending time at the pool and taking care of his numerous pets. He is also a plant fanatic, and loves collecting all types of house plants to fill his home. He is attracted to vivid colors and unique flowers, and would be more than happy to help you select the perfect flowers for a wrap to deliver to someone special.
Annette is a long time Manhattan, Kansas resident and 2012 K-State Graduate with a BS in Horticulture. She has been working in the Horticulture industry in the area for over 17 years. Annette is currently the lead Plant Technician heading up the Interior Plant Scape division at Kistner's Flowers. In her free time Annette enjoys time with her son and husband, gardening, time with friends, camping and the Winfield Music Festival.