Meet Our Designers

Meet our Designers

David Porterfield, Owner –

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’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 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 our designers 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, and Cindy Baird. Don and Jim keep the deliveries moving. We are grateful for each of our dedicated staff members.