A few words about me

 

Growing up on the Isle of Wight and having a beautiful garden to explore and play in is where my interest in flowers and nature first began. As a child, I was encouraged to care for a small plot in the garden and, at an early age entered local horticultural shows exhibiting wild flowers in a jam jar or a miniature garden in a seed tray. (My attempts at animals made from vegetables were something of a disaster!)

School, particularly grammar school was equally disastrous! Shortly after leaving, I began my floristry training at the Constance Spry School of Floristry in London. I knew instantly this was for me. For a few years following that training I worked in several florist shops in West Sussex gaining further knowledge of house plants and decorating wedding venues including some London West End hotels and large Brighton venues.

Marriage and being at home with two children led to me joining my local NAFAS flower club for a creative hobby. Through my 30 years involvement with this society I have been fortunate to decorate many splendid venues such as Westminster Cathedral, Arundel Castle, St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle and Chichester Cathedral to name but a few.

Competing for many years developed and stretched my imagination and creativity towards interpretive work, transporting me from household chores to Nature's fantasy land.

In 2006 I was privileged to be part of the Sussex area team who gained a gold award at the Chelsea Flower Show.

 

 

In recent years my career has progressed into three main areas: demonstrating, teaching and weddings. Working from a small studio and a cluttered workshop at home, no two days are ever the same. Each day brings new challenges and opportunities. The great thing is I can potter and play with flowers and plants all day long, experimenting with new ideas and Hey! It's OK, I'm allowed to. It's my job! It's what I do!