Busy Bee Inspirationals – Home of Flowers by Julia Marie, is a Mom and daughter full service floral and gift shop in the heart of downtown Marceline, Missouri. The “Ladies of Busy Bee” have owned and operated their project of love since 2007 when Mary Ann purchased Busy Bee Florist and Gifts as a retirement hobby project. Quickly, this changed to becoming her full-time occupation. She brought Julia Marie on board a year later and as they say, the rest has been history! Dedicated to providing unique and beautiful floral expressions as well as gifts focusing on God, Family and Country, the two have rebranded, renovated and expanded the original shop into Busy Bee Inspirationals – Home of Flowers by Julia Marie where “everyone is family.”
Julia Schmitt, AIFD®, CFD®, EMC, ICPF, PFCI
Co-Owner, Lead Designer
In 2008, Julia began working with her mother Mary Ann at Busy Bee Florist and Gifts now Busy Bee Inspirational-Home of Flowers by Julia Marie in Downtown Marceline. As a self-taught florist, Julia quickly understood the importance of floral education. With a strong desire to challenge herself to always “live outside the proverbial box”, she became an Illinois State Certified Professional Florist (ICPF) in 2013 and in 2014 received her European Master’s Certificate (EMC). In 2016, she was recognized as an American Certified Floral Designer (CFD) and was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) in 2017. In 2019, she received her accreditation as a Professional Floral Communicators - International (PFCI).
She travels internationally to Canada, Europe and The United States as a floral presenter and educator at events such as Fleuramour at Alden Biesen Castle in Belgium, IMP-ESSEN in Germany and AIFD Symposium in different locations in the United States.
She has recently started Flowers by Julia Marie Studio in Marceline, MO where she conducts floral art workshops for all educational levels.
Mary Ann Schmitt
Co-Owner, Sales Specialist
For Mary Ann, purchasing Busy Bee Florist and Gifts in 2007 began simply as a “retirement hobby flower shop.” With her love for flowers and plants, it did not take her long to jump from it being a hobby into working full time thus making Busy Bee Florist and Gifts her new dream. Thanks to her love for people and learning from her Hawaiian upbringing, she enjoys connecting with clients and everyone who comes into the shop. Her passion for inspirational gifts and products made in the USA sparked her to transform the gift lines at the flower shop to be focused on God, Family and Country and inspiring her to change the name of the shop to Busy Bee Inspirational-Home of Flowers by Julia Marie.
Don Schmitt, PhD
Plant Doctor and "Delivery Boy"
A retired plant pathologist and nematologist, Dr. Donald Schmitt is our plant specialist. He also pitches in as our professional ‘Delivery Boy’ during special occasions. Thanks to his long history with plant diseases, he is the resident plant doctor for Busy Bee Inspirational – Home of Flowers by Julia Marie. He is always eager to help those who have plant problems.