Beyond The Garden Gate

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Real Estate Cafe LLC

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.


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


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Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

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

Oct 26, 2011 12:36 AM #21
Pat Fenn
Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker - Springfield, VA

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

Oct 26, 2011 01:07 AM #22
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

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. 

Oct 26, 2011 01:17 AM #23
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

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

Oct 26, 2011 01:34 AM #24
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Truly beautiful my friend. CONGRATS on the feature.


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



Oct 26, 2011 02:43 AM #25
Dawn Maloney
RE/MAX Haven - Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist - Hudson, OH
330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio

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. ;)

Oct 26, 2011 04:20 AM #26
Richard Yates
Mission Viejo, CA
Broker and Realtor Orange County, California

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.

Oct 26, 2011 04:59 AM #27
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

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.


Oct 26, 2011 05:17 AM #28
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

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

Oct 26, 2011 05:25 AM #29
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

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.    

Oct 26, 2011 05:32 AM #30
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

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!

Oct 26, 2011 05:50 AM #31
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

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!


Oct 26, 2011 05:57 AM #32
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


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

Oct 26, 2011 09:12 AM #33
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist


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.


Oct 26, 2011 03:14 PM #34
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

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

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

Oct 26, 2011 03:26 PM #35
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

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


Oct 26, 2011 03:38 PM #36
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

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.

Oct 27, 2011 04:01 AM #37
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

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 ;-) 

Oct 27, 2011 10:09 AM #38
​​Elise & Glenn Groves, Mortgage Brokers ​First Priority Financial, Inc.
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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

Oct 29, 2011 05:06 AM #39
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

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

Oct 29, 2011 01:34 PM #40
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