Westlake Village could have become known as “that city between LA and Ventura,” and been forgotten about. It could have, but it didn't. Instead, it carved out its own identity, one of an exclusive, original, creative spot, with that touch of whimsy that says that secluded doesn't have to mean boring or unsophisticated. Indeed, sophistication, as well as competition, could be said to be part of the cornerstone of this city. Westlake Village florists, artists, chefs and other creators breathe deeply of the surrounding mountain air, and take in the knowledge that what they create will have to compete, in beauty and originality, with a sunlit hiking trail, or the designs of their very talented colleagues.
Being a creator in a city like this, one filled with people who, at some time or another, may have been at the top of their fields, is a demanding job. In every industry, old hands deliver the expected timeless quality, yet pay close attention to what is new, what is trendy, what their clients desire. Those up and coming may give a nod to the past, but there is something about the city that bids them to create, to innovate, to surprise, and to go a bit beyond, just as the designers of the community itself did.
The English Garden is one who knows this well. A Westlake Village florist of reputation, The English Garden has risen to the top of their field through a combination of talent, knowledge, forward thinking, and choosing the right people to help fulfill their vision of what could be, and what should be. Susan, the head designer, takes on the challenge, daily, to be original and creative, and ensure their floral displays are unique, inventive and reflect the expectations of their clientele.
No matter how lovely the buildings, or the surroundings, it's the people of any place who give it its atmosphere, its life, and Westlake Village is no different. Perhaps it's also being nestled in sight of the mountain beauty, or the breath of sea air that sometimes rushes through their valley, but the residents of Westlake Village have cultivated a city of personality that is all their own.