In my late teens, having decided I wanted to be a florist, I applied to the whole yellow pages section of florists in my area in South West london asking for work as a trainee florist. This worked!
I began my floristry life in Teddington Middlesex, just down the road from Teddington Television studios. Over time I moved to other florists shops in different areas such as Wokingham in Berkshire and Exeter in Devon.
My experiences at these shops covered such a range of people and places from making buttonholes for the Morecambe and Wise show, making a presentation Bouquet for Petula Clark at the Talk of the Town, to arranging flowers in the beautiful Powderham Castle in Devon where I had to move about the castle using the secret passageways!
In the summer of 2014 I began to realise my dream of having my own flower business. So, with the help of family and friends we began to turn some of the out buildings into my workshop and design studio. On September 1st 2014 my business opened.
As my business grew I assembled an eclectic collection of containers, vases and props for use with my floral creations especially for weddings and events. Something I continue to add to in order to keep abreast of the latest and current trends.
I am not a shop, but I often have people pop round to collect their orders and as long as I have 24 hours notice I can usually accomodate most things. I have a particular interest in making my flowers ecologically sound, especially funeral tributes, keeping them as natural as possible and so I specialise in natural and green burial tribute flowers.
I also take my continuing training seriously and am always learning new techniques and experimenting with new ideas.
My love and passion for flowers I enjoy sharing, which has led me to holding both one-off workshops and longer courses in flower arranging both here at my workshop as well as in village halls around the Wiltshire countryside, I am always happy to travel to hold workshops and have done so into the Somerset countryside, Exeter and Bristol.
Our current project is to grow my workshop so that I can accomodate bigger classes here and so , once again my Husband (or logistics manager as he prefers!) is doing a great job to transform more of our outside space for me to use.
Watch this space for more pictures as we grow the space!
We look forward to seeing you!
Please keep checking on the website as we aim for this to be an organic space in order to keep you up to date with our designs and commissions.
This gallery shows how we turned half of the house garage into a small flower workshop and then the stocking of the new space. My first deliveries, my business cards arriving, my first aprons arriving and my first delivery of fresh flowers, it was all very exciting.
Very quickly the half garage was not enough space. When I was asked to make a 23 foot garland i knew I needed to take over the whole garage!