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September 6, 2017



In a second, unplanned career, Sandy Whitaker turned her lifetime love of plants and flowers into a business.

The artist: After thirty-two years in the dental field in Mississippi, Whitaker and her husband, both avid hikers who love to canoe, moved to Georgia in 2006. While visiting Chattanooga in 2011, she saw a beautiful pressed botanical and thought she would try it.

The company: Botanicals by Sandy started in Canton in 2011. It offers a variety of sizes and species of framed botanicals (custom pieces too). Whitaker uses unique recycled frames as well as new mouldings.

What’s popular: Hydrangeas.  Also horizontal and vertical vines, like confederate jasmine and kudzu (original botanical are $125 and up).

Other favorites: Prints ($25 to $40) and notecards (six cards for $20).

The process: Each piece is collected and then, with large wooden pressers, pressed using the heat and pressure method. The piece is then artfully arranged and adhered to acid-free mat board. Whitaker identifies each piece with the common and scientific name in handwritten calligraphy before treating it with two coats of a UV protectant.

Claim to fame: Meeting the late Ryan Gainey, the internationally known Atlanta-area gardener and designer, at Scott Antique Market. He became a friend and a mentor.

Where to buy: In Atlanta, at Scott Antique Market, South Building: Sept. 7-10 and Oct. 12-15.


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