Augusta, Ga. (WJBF)- After 27 years as the floral designer at Augusta National Golf Club, Margaret Brown knows a thing or two about flowers.
“Since all the holes are named for flowers or trees or blooming shrubs… it’s all about the horticulture out there that makes it so special,” Brown said.
During her long career at the National, she was in charge of outfitting the clubhouse and cabins with flowers, usually from the course, as well as doing the arrangements for the Green Jacket Ceremony broadcast to millions. Her floral designs have been viewed by more people than any florist in history.
She says that the state of the Garden City’s flowers has long been a concern during Masters Week, dating all the way back to the days of the National’s co-founder, Clifford Roberts.
“There was always a story where Clifford Roberts, people would come up to him, they’d say ‘Mr. Roberts, what are we going to do if the flowers aren’t blooming and it’s Masters Week, what’s going to happen we’re so worried about the peak of the flowers,” she said.
She said this year, Augusta’s flowers are right on track for the annual international spotlight.
“I think about now they’re peaking, but you know it’s always hard to say, but I think now they’re pretty much peaking this week and next week.”
Even with ideal natural conditions, a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make sure Augusta’s famous greenery is just right for the Tournament.
“I would work in the middle of the night to bring out flowers to different locations and I would see hundreds of golf carts with their headlights on and being running around just working working working making everything perfect,” she said.
Brown recently wrote a book about her career entitled A Florist’s Walk Down Magnolia Lane.