Beyond The Garden Gate

Beyond The Garden Gate - Clara PutlitzBeyond The Garden Gate.  I've known so few, truly creative people in my life that when I encounter one, I'm intrigued and I want to know more about them.  Clara Putlitz is one of those people.  Clara is the Proprietor of a lovely florist business located in the quaint town of Grants Pass, Oregon.  The name of her business, Beyond The Garden Gate, is not only inviting, but thought-provoking.  Who is this mysterious flower lady and what lies beyond her garden gate?

I stumbled upon Clara's ingenuity purely by accident 7 years ago, when I saw one of her creations delivered to my RE/MAX office.  I was stunned by the natural beauty of the arrangement... it was truly a work of art.  I've been on the giving and receiving end of flowers for most of my life... and I've never seen anything that compared to Clara's artistic flare in flower arrangements.  I just had to know this woman!

I have a great appreciation for right-side creative brain thinking people... their artistic souls deviate outside the lines where most of us rarely dare to go. They see things we don't see and they have the unique ability to assemble several working parts, sometimes in disorderly fashion, creating a work of art which can be appreciated by all, including left-side logical brain thinkers like me.

Clara stopped by my office today with a very special delivery from beyond her garden gate.  My eyes were in wonder and my senses were engaged from her whimiscial and lovely arrangement. Clara is special and so are her flowers! Thank you dear lady for making my day so wonderful... and a special thanks to the thoughtful person who sent them ;)  The day is always brighter when flowers fill the room... from Beyond The Garden Gate.


Beyond The Garden Gate

 A lovely flower arrangement created Beyond The Garden Gate - Grants Pass, Oregon


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Comment balloon 40 commentsMelinda (Mel) Peterson • October 25 2011 08:38PM



Clara Putility is a very creative lady her arangements are outstanding.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 6 years ago

Hi Mel,
Nice tribute to Clara.
I hope this blog brings her a few clients.
Flowers are special because they aren't only for happy occasions but can also brighten a dull room or lift spirits.
Have a wonderful week!

Posted by What Not To Renovate - Milan B., We provide tips & trends on home renos & designs over 6 years ago

Hi Lou ~ Nice to see ya!  I've always enjoyed your inspirational posts ;-)

Wandanna ~ I just love saying your name!  Flowers always lift my spirits!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 6 years ago

I like Wandanna's name too (close to my own). Very nice mention for Clara and that arrangement shows off her true talent Mel!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (PK Real Estate Utah South) over 6 years ago

Mel - That arrangement is simply beautiful!  She is a very talented lady.

Posted by Pam Miller, Broker Associate - Pearland/Friendswood (Realty Associates) over 6 years ago

What a great way to highlight local businesses/business owners.  Clara's portfolio displaying examples of her work is quite impressive.

Posted by S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL, Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist (United Realty Group, Inc.) over 6 years ago

Mel, Beyond the Garden Gate is an intriguing name.   Lovely arrangement and recipient. 


Posted by Brian L. Sirota, Esq., For Solutions: (714) 501-7660 (Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney)) over 6 years ago

Mel, she looks and presents herself as wonderful and creative! What a wonderful choice! Thank you for introducing her to us and I too appreciate her... and your... creativity.


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 6 years ago

Hello Mel, love the flower arrangement-great contrast yet lots of symmetry and a wonderful name for a florist-that's what really intrigued me.

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) over 6 years ago

what an amazing thing of beauty that arrangment is.   I love that creative type person too.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 6 years ago

 Congrats on the feature. What a beautiful arrangement! This is such a great idea to market local business and business owners to potential re-locations to help them get a feel for the area. Thank you for sharing such a  lovely arrangement of flowers.

Posted by Laurie Clark CRB Angel Realty LLC Your Monument Realtor 719-502-6572, Angel Realty, LLC (CRB-CCSS-ASD-HBS-RSD-Denver Short Sale Agents) over 6 years ago

Those floral arrangements are stunning Mel. Thanks for letting us know about Clara. What a special touch and talent she has....

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 6 years ago

Mel, that is one of the most beautiful arrangements I have ever seen. Clara is truly an artist and your area is blessed to have her.


Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 6 years ago

I really like her creative name for her shop. That alone says a lot about her. Nice merchandise too.

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES TUCSON ELITE) over 6 years ago

Wanda... Funny, huh... my other dear friend named 'Wanda' chuckled at how many Wandas I know on Active Rain ;-)

It's even more spectacular in person Pam!

It truly is Leanne... and Clara is most deserving of fond praise.

I think Beyond The Garden Gate is most intriguing too Brian!

Thank you Deb... I was surprised to receive a Feature, but I'm very happy to spotlight Clara ;-)

Me too Joanna... Clara has produced some of the best looking arrangements I've ever seen!

Creative people have a special flare for beauty, don't they Tammy!

Laurie (Angel Realty)... love the name of your business too!

I hope the spotlight gets Clara a few more clients Gary ;)

I totally agree Sharon... it's even more beautiful in person!

Me too Jon... a lot goes into a name, don't ya think!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 6 years ago

I love that sweet big floppy hat she is wearing! I need myself one of those! Hope you are enjoying those flowers!

Posted by Rosalie Evans, The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale (Meritus Group Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Melicious--any time one gets flowers it's an occasion, even if only to make someone smile--including the lovely artist who gets to put it together and deliver it to one of her favorite fans. Hope that thoughtful person who sent them likes them, too!!!

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 6 years ago
Mel, I love places like this. I have to admit that is the one thing Franklin lacks. Maybe she could open another location in Franklin TN.
Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 6 years ago

What a great surprise for you to receive such a beautiful arrangement.  It's so unique.  I wish I could order something like this for my special clients.

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage) over 6 years ago

A flower arrangement can be an extraordinary creative masterpiece, and Clara definitely seems to have the gift of creating such a masterpiece. Every once in a while a floral arrangement will stop you in your tracks, and that's when you know that someone with a great talent is behind its creation.

Posted by Charlie Dresen, Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro (Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty) over 6 years ago

Mel, a very creative and colorful Localism post about Beyond the Garden Gate, in Grant's Pass, Oregon

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 6 years ago

Clara has a wonderful eye for color and design.  Glad you found Beyond the Garden Gate and thanks for shaing with us.

Posted by Pat Fenn (Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker ) over 6 years ago

Mel, Clara definitely has an eye for beauty.  I really appreciate people who can put the images in their head onto a canvas, a blueprint and of course an arrangement.  Good stuff. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 6 years ago

Mel, Carla's love for her profession shows in the flower arrangement in your photo. Very nice Localism Post!

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 6 years ago

Truly beautiful my friend. CONGRATS on the feature.


Although not nearly as beautiful as those arrangements these are for your feature.



Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 6 years ago

A thing of beauty lasts forever. What a lovely impression Clara makes on lives. And thank you for letting us share it. It really helps on a dreary Ohio day. ;)

Posted by Dawn Maloney, 330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio (RE/MAX Haven - Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist) over 6 years ago

Mel, You had me at Clara.  That was the name of my wife's mother, who lived with us for the last ten years of her life.  She was also very right minded, and one of the most thoughtful, creative, artistic and caring people that I have ever met.  Her fine example has been very influential in how I look at life, and treat other people. 

Your Clara, from Beyond The Garden Gate creates and delivers beautiful floral arrangements, that make people like you smile, and do nice things like bring more attention to her and her business.  I appreciate the link to Clara's website, and have checked her out. 

Clara, Beyond The Garden Gate, "With 30 years experience in flower growing and design I can offer a range of services, from unique designs for your wedding or any special occasion to just a sweet “Thinking of You” bouquet for a friend".  Best wishes always.

Posted by Richard Yates, Broker and Realtor Orange County, California over 6 years ago

I worked at a flower shop many years ago to help pay for the flowers at our wedding and the creations that these florists come up with are amazing! They really are each a work of art.


Posted by The Friendly Home Team, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Realty Pro Oregon, LLC) over 6 years ago

This is a great way to pay it forward. I hope consumers will read this post and call Clara for flowers.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 6 years ago

Mel, Clara is truly a floartist and not simply a florist.  Her creativity was evident at first glance with all of quantity yet none of the bulk.  It's a truly complete and whimsical presentation.  I was going to say "Hat's Off" to Clara Putlitz but that might preclude someone from seeing and enjoying her art from Beyond the Garden Gate.    

Posted by Kevin J. May, Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida (Florida Supreme Realty) over 6 years ago

Rosalie ~ I'm intrigued by hats too... particularly the floppy kind ;)

They are simply delish to look at Gayle!

Tammie ~ Sounds like a wonderful opportunity for a budding business in Franklin, TN!

Flowers are a girl's best friend Doug ;)

You are so right about that Charlie... and Clara's flowers are fab!

Thanks Ed!  I love sharing about my fav businesses... especially when I know the owners!

She certainly does Pat... and thanks for stopping by to enjoy them!

Mike ~ There's something very special about people who possess that talent!

Thanks for stopping by to enjoy the post and the flowers Michael!

Oh Sharon... thank you for the lovely flowers sweetie... I should be sending them to you!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 6 years ago

Hi Dawn... I hope your dreary Ohio morning turns into a aappy cheerful afternoon! 

Clara is pretty talented little chicky Richard.  Thanks for stopping by and giving her kudos!

Wow Todd... you never cease to amaze me... I learn something new about you every day!

I hope so too Gita... thanks for stopping by!

I like it Kevin... 'Floartist'... leave it to another 'creative' person to think up that one!


Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 6 years ago


Wow those flowers are beautiful and certainly a work of art.  We used to have a florist in Los Angeles, that definitely pushed the envelpe in design, and I recognize that Clara works outside the liines.  What a wonderful result in featuring her, you were featured.  Isn't Life Grand!  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing (Napa Consultants) over 6 years ago


Mel, Clara does indeed have a very unique talent not only in her flower arrangements but in the name of her flower shop.  It does cause me to pause and ponder.


Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 6 years ago

Life is Grand... Alexandra!  And thanks for saying it!

I love it when something causes me to pause and ponder Kathleen!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 6 years ago

Hi Mel -

Obviously Clara is a very talented lady that has touched your life.  I really like the name of Clara's shop Beyond The Garden just sounds like a cool place. 

Best regards from the Q


Posted by John McCormack,, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * over 6 years ago

Mel - back in the saddle again playing catch up in Active Rain. So happy to see this featured. It's a lovely post on a variety of levels. Clara seems quite magical, as is the name of her shop and her creations. Of course, YOU would recognize this in her. I love your heart - keep it up.

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 6 years ago

John from the Q ~ Clara is wonderfully talented indeed!

Hey Missy... I've missed ya!  We're like two ships passing in the night!  Welcome back ;-) 

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 6 years ago

Absolutely beautiful, Mel.  I am a gardener too, but when it comes to doing arrangements, my daughter-in-law Jamie has that same right brain creativity and has made some beautiful arrangements for me for events I have had.   I would love to have more of a right brain. What a treasure Clara is!

Santa Rosa flower basket

Posted by ​​Elise & Glenn Groves, Mortgage Brokers ​First Priority Financial, Inc., Mortgage Broker,Banker, FHA, VA, Conv, Jumbo - Pur (First Priority Financial Inc., NMLS# 3257, ​Elise NMLS #255824, Glenn NMLS# 1124642) over 6 years ago

Wow, those are gorgeous Elise!  Hydrangeas are my favorite flower ;)

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 6 years ago