About The New Leaf
For 30 years The New Leaf has proudly served Hampton Roads in delivering the finest fresh cut flowers. We are steeped in rich tradition and also enjoy the challenge of stepping into the unknown. Our knowledge of protocol for religious traditions and non-sectarian occasions gives our customers confidence in knowing that we will do it right! Through our use of sustainable flowers, plants, mosses, twigs, branches rocks and shells, we design custom arrangements with gratitude and joy.
We take pride in our friendships and contacts with local vendors and professional services such as caterers, wedding & event planners, custom bakers, jewelers, faux florals, event rentals, DJ’s and bands. We delight in sharing these valuable references with our customers.
The New Leaf imports flowers from around the world and is happy to support local growers from Ivor, the Eastern Shore, the Peninsula, Virginia Beach… and our own garden.
MEET THE TEAM
Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Sarah grew up in a family where flowers and parties were cherished and enjoyed. Sarah moved to Norfolk in 1987 and literally turned over a new leaf, thus the name of the flower shop. Together with her love of flowers and people she creates unique designs that capture the special moments in her customer’s lives. Sarah creates and oversees the beautiful floral designs that are our signature and have been for 30 years! In her free time Sarah loves to read, travel, and play golf.
A native of Norfolk, Laurel graduated from Granby High School then received a Bachelor of Arts degree from VCU in Richmond and a Masters of Fine Arts from Old Dominion University. She joined with The New Leaf to bring the art of museum archival framing to The New Leaf. The two owners merged and created The New Leaf & Quarberg Gallery. After five years Laurel was more enthused about the floral side of the business, thus she closed the gallery to focus on the The New Leaf - the unusual in floral design. Today Laurel runs the administrative and marketing side of the flower shop. In her free time Laurel enjoys fishing, boating, and travel.
Jeremy has been a member of our New Leaf family since 2011. He does everything at the shop and we are proud to have him as our manager. He is not only a talented designer but also has a green thumb and takes care of all of our exotic plants. Jeremy is also our delivery driver and in his spare time tallies our paperwork, orders flowers, and brings happiness to all everyday! He is from Norfolk and grew up in the house beside our shop in West Ghent. We are proud to say that in 2014 he won a scholarship via AIFD and went to Oklahoma City for a week of floral design classes. Jeremy and his wife Rachael recently purchased a new house in Norfolk. Together they enjoy making delicious gourmet dinners.
Our amazing part time delivery driver Bill Willey has been with us since 2004. Bill is from Norfolk, a graduate of Granby High School, and then UVA. Not only does Bill drive for us but twice a year at our Holiday Open House and Summer Solstice parties Bill is our master chef, grilling over 200 hot dogs for hungry customers. He and his wife Barbi enjoy visiting their children and grandchildren. They love to attend UVA football games and Tides baseball here at Harbor Park. Bill describes his job as great fun because when he delivers flowers he makes ladies happy!