Holley Jaakkola loves the beauty of Savannah and all the treasures it has to offer. Her floral arrangements and the container gardens she cultivates for various clients, which include Low Country plantations, rooftops in the downtown Historic District, and the majestic yachts that line the river, add to the city’s enchantment.
Jaakkola obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She used her journalistic skills in conjunction with her design abilities to deepen her passion for Savannah and its history and has composed several articles for publications such as Savannah Magazine.
Her green thumb enabled her to obtain the position of lead garden expert for the G8 Summit at the Cloister at Sea Island and the opportunity to arrange flowers for First Lady Laura Bush. Jaakkola’s designs and work in the community have earned her several awards, including the Historic Savannah Foundation’s Nichola Parker Coe Volunteer of the Year Award.
Jaakola is a member of the Historic Savannah Foundation and has lectured several times on gardening. She resides on Isle of Hope in Savannah, Georgia, with her husband and two daughters.