Putting the Green in Cannon Green: Spotlight on Anne Bowen Dabney

Step inside Cannon Green and you can’t escape Anne Bowen Dabney’s mark. It’s a subtle look, one that’s meant to accentuate the beauty of the space rather than take a starring role. But that understated look adds an ethereal and natural quality to the restaurant. And that’s all thanks to Anne, who is responsible for all the green in Cannon Green.

Not only did Anne help found and is a part owner of Cannon Green, she also owns Stems, the floral shop just down the street at 208 Coming St. Her work at the Stems means she’s been creating floral arrangements for years, but at the Spring Street eatery she’s been mixing it up and focusing more on plants, less on petals

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Dabney sort of fell into her work with flowers. She graduated with a degree in graphic design from the College of Charleston and needed a job while she tried to break into the industry. She started working at Tiger Lily and fell in love with the industry. Producing the floral designs allows her to mix her creative side with her analytical one, much like graphic design did.

It’s a learning process too. She’s brought things in that have worked wonderfully, like begonias. But the bloom time is different than fresh cut flowers, so the cherry blossoms that were supposed to create a magnificent splendor around Valentine’s Day needed some extra time. The pink flowers decided to welcome in spring instead, gorgeous as always. “All the guys in the kitchen ask about the plants,” Anne says. “They’ve all got their opinions.”

She’s also working on growing herbs and edible flowers that Chef Amalia can use in her cooking, but to produce the quantity the chef needs is going to take time. Right now, the restaurant has nasturtiums growing, along with rosemary, cilantro, basil, mint, and other herbs.

The best part of Anne’s work is that it’s always changing. Stop by Cannon Green to see what greens and accents she’s decided to highlight that week. And we think the best way to enjoy her creations is with a glass of wine in hand, sitting amongst friends — or take a cocktail out to the courtyard to see the more constant green wall.

 

Cannon Green is open for dinner Tuesday – Saturday, 5 – 11 pm;
and Sunday Brunch, 11 am – 3 pm. Reservations are recommended.
Cannon  Green Charleston
103 Spring Street | 843.817.7311

Photo by Nickie Cutrona

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