About Us

Porterfield’s History

Porterfield’s was founded in 1965 by Brooke and Virginia Porterfield along with son David (who was 16 at the time-just old enough to drive the delivery truck!).  The original store was at 2607 SW 21st where it remained until the early 1980’s when David purchased the store from his parents and moved it to its current location at Huntoon and Oakley in the Westboro Mart.  Since its inception, Porterfield’s has been a bellwether of classic floral design with an original flair.  The store has been involved in many momentous events in Topeka and Kansas history, including inaugurals and other State events,  presidential visits and services for local dignitaries.  Porterfield’s has not only been chosen as Topeka’s best florist many times, it is also the only local florist and one of the very few Kansas florists to be selected as a member of Fine Flowers, the country’s listing of premier florists.

Meet the staff

David Porterfield, Owner – david@porterfieldsflowers.com

David with Henry and Stuart (photo courtesy Harrington Photography)

David has spent his entire professional life doing what he loves at Porterfield’s.  A Topekan by birth and choice, he attended Topeka public schools and graduated from Washburn with a BA in English.  Locally, he has been an active citizen, including stints as president of the Mulvane Art Museum, the Mt. Hope Cemetery board, and the historic Jayhawk Theatre board among his many civic activities.  He is a long-time active member of Grace Episcopal Cathedral where he has served as a vestryman and currently is a ceremonial verger.  Professionally, he has served as president of the Kansas State Florists Association and has twice been on the national Board of Directors of the American Institute of Floral Designers.  He was a selected designer for President Reagan’s second inaugural, the bicentennial celebration for the Statue of Liberty and the dedication of the horticulture wing of the Smithsonian Institution.  He has been invited to lecture at the New York Botanical Gardens, the San Francisco Garden Club, the American Institute of Floral Designers National Symposium as well as many other venues for both public and professional audiences


Patrick Wages, Design Director – patrick@porterfieldsflowers.com

Patrick’s responsibilities are many, as regular customers are well aware.  He buys virtually all of the fresh product used daily at Porterfield’s.  This is in itself a huge task, as literally thousands of blooms are used weekly, and top quality and freshness are never negotiable.  In addition, Patrick insures that every design that leaves the store is impeccably done with beautiful product.  He also consults regularly with brides and event planners to produce some of  Topeka’s  most memorable occasions.  Patrick  joined Porterfield’s (as a data-entry person from a temp agency!!) in March, 1995.   One day shortly thereafter, he walked up to a design table in the workroom and announced that he was capable of designing.  After showing the staff a sampling of his skills, he was quickly moved from the office to the design room as a full-time employee.  We have yet to meet anyone with as much natural ability in this field as Patrick.

Ramona Perez, Designer

Ramona (Monie, as she is affectionately called) is the quiet powerhouse of the design room.  At the age which many of us retire, Monie attended the Kaw Area Voc Tech School to study floral design in hopes of getting a job in the field she had always loved.  Her first floral employment was at Lardner’s at 10th and Oakley while they still offered fresh and silk flowers.  When the floral department closed, they called and asked if there was any inventory we could use, so David made a quick trip.  Upon seeing the work Ramona had done, he declined the inventory, but hired her instead.  That fateful day in the fall of 1990 was the beginning of a long , loving and prosperous relationship that continues to this day.  Monie’s skills fit perfectly within Porterfield’s style-a blend of the romantically beautiful and a lush sensibility.  She is as masterfully adept at a huge church piece (which are often larger than she is) as something appropriate for a hospital room.  Ramona thoughtfully and beautifully creates each piece for the intended recipient.

Denise Peterson – denise@porterfieldsflowers.com  

deniseDenise brings a natural flair for design and a great head for business to our staff. As a multi-faceted individual, she shares her time between the office and the design room. Her upbeat personality compliments her skills perfectly and we are certain that you will find her as delightful as we do.

Linda Kinneson

Linda comes to us as an experienced professional in the floral business. She and her mother, Ilo, owned and operated Overbrook Floral for 35 years in the suburban town south of Topeka. The shop was closed in October 2017 when it came time for Mom to retire. Linda decided to stay in the business and we are so happy that she came to us when she did. Her skills and experience have been an invaluable addition to our store. Whether creating a show-stopping display on the sales floor or designing a gorgeous floral remembrance, Linda’s work is perfection. Add these skills to a delightful “Kansas” personality and you have the perfect fit for our newest Porterfield’s employee.


In addition to the staff listed above, Porterfield’s is truly fortunate to have a cadre of involved people who help us in other ways.  In the office Beverly Radefeld keep the books in order, while the front room and telephone sales team includes, Cheryl McCriteBobbi Showalter, Karolyn Schroeder, Cindy Baird and Stephanie Paul. Don and Andy keep the deliveries moving. We are grateful for each of our dedicated staff members.