Last week was all about the Hampton Court Flower Show! On Wednesday I visited the show with my Mum. We had a lovely day and took in the stands, had lunch and visited the palace gardens. THEN Sunday I returned with Frances from Moat Farm Flowers and we helped on the Flowers from the Farm stand in the Rose Marquee. We handed out leaflets and spoke to people about our passion for growing British flowers. Then at 12.30, both very nervous, we gave a talk about wedding flowers. I had taken flowers from my cutting garden at Somerleyton Hall, Hydrangeas, Roses, Nigella, Lavender and foliage. I demonstrated making a bridal bouquet....I have never made one so quickly in my life!! Then in the afternoon we made up bouquets with our flowers and those grown and donated by other members of FFtF. With the demon bouquet makers Martin and the Magpie we made about 30 bouquets in one hour and sold them all in aid of FFtF.
Our stand looked amazing with an incredible joint effort from lots of members. The caravan was made by Julie Clark's husnand David ( Norfolk) and there was a beautiful willow horse made by Jo Hammond.Flowers had been donated by members from all over the country and the stand styled by Martin and the Magpie.
It was an incredilbe experience to be involved in such a prestigious show.
My story in flowers started as a child growing a tiny patch of London Pride Saxifraga...also known as Whimsey or Look Up and Kiss Me! Fast forward to 8 years ago when I started a City and Guilds training in floristry. I qualified as a florist and then to deepen my growing knowledge and skills I trained in horticulture as well. I trained under a WRAGS scheme at Darsham Nurseries and at Somerleyton Hall. Developing a passion for both growing and designing/arranging British garden flowers, I planted a cutting garden. Having become increasingly concerned about where and how flowers are grown, coupled with a love of British grown flowers. and natural styling, I now specialise in growing and using beautiful British grown flowers to make romantic natural designs. for weddings, events, gifts and much more.