By Katy Fassler
Photos courtesy of Hobby Hill Florist
Hobby Hill Florist began in 1950 as a collective hobby of three ladies who lived on a hill. Over the years, Bill and Mary Paedae came on staff bringing their wonderfully artistic daughter, Ladonna, in 1975, who furthered the business with ideas, products, the Christmas House, and a love for the community. After 72 years of serving the Heartland area, Hobby Hill Florist is embarking on a new chapter. Ladonna Paedae Rodriguez has passed the torch to new owners, Brooke and Andrew McDermott.
Reflecting on her time at Hobby Hill, Ladonna says, “I will miss visiting with you, hearing how your children, grandchildren, and pets are doing, finding out where your vacation will take you, sharing in the joy of your child getting married, being there to hold your hand as we plan your parent’s final service flowers. I have trained the new owner, Brooke, for six months, so please say hello to her! Brooke is a creative, energetic mom, wife, friend, and businesswoman! I have learned in my 48 years as a florist, that I have provided more than just “flowers,” I have been able to connect in the deepest emotional way, and I am thankful to have been part of your lives.”