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Sixty Seconds

We find out what makes interesting flower folk tick in a quickfire Q&A.



Sixty Seconds with Dr Rachel Petheram, Florist and Flower Grower

Dr Rachel Petheram runs a floristry business, Catkin, and grows flowers and foliage from her walled cutting garden in Lincolnshire. Having just embarked on a new online scented gardening course, we caught up with her to talk scented blooms, slimy creatures and inspiring business advice.

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60 Seconds with Jessica Simmonds of Okishima & Simmonds

Jessica Simmonds makes up one half of Okishima & Simmonds with Chikae Okishima, a floral duo making waves and not just in the floristry world thanks to a flair in styling, design, couture and more. City dwellers with a penchant for English garden, London-based O&S have loose, natural style, and with a string of exciting projects under their belts they’re collecting recognition left, right and centre.

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Sixty Seconds with Florist Karina Timmerman


Karina Timmerman is a Netherlands-based florist who has worked on high-profile, large-scale events such as Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima’s visits and designer exhibits at shows like IFTF. Originally from Estonia, she studied art before working in an upmarket flower shop in Kuwait. Whilst there, she met and married a Dutchman and returned to the Netherlands where she has worked in the family flower and bulb business.

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60 Seconds with Ian Drummond, Designer & RHS Chelsea Winner


Ian Drummond is the creative director of Indoor Garden Design, the UK’s leading interior landscape designers — ‘bringing nature into interior spaces since 1975′. Indoor Garden Design recently scooped Gold and the Judges’ Commendation at the recent EFIG Awards for their planting at the Connaught Hotel, and Ian won another Gold and Best in Show for Best Hotel Floristry Exhibit — collaborating with the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015.

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60 Seconds with Rachel Wardley, Tallulah Rose Flower School


We caught up with the founder of Tallulah Rose Flower School in Bath to hear her floral musings on business, pleasure and the importance of sharing knowledge.

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Sixty seconds with Jose Azout, Specialty Rose Grower


Jose Azout
The president of Alexandra Farms, a boutique rose farm high in the mountains of Colombia, tells us what life’s like at the very beginning of the flower chain.

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60 Seconds with Lisa Fowler, Chelsea Florist of ’14


Lisa Fowler
The winner of RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year 2014 talks competitions, confidence and cringe-worthy moments!

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Mat Hepplestone, Red Floral Architecture

Mat Hepplestone

Cheshire based floral designer Mat Hepplestone tells us about his passion for luxury, his journey to the top and the things that make him tick.

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Nikki Tibbles, Florist


Nikki Tibbles

Florist and owner of successful floristry business Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart.

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Mairead Curtin, Florist


Mairead Curtin
Part owner of London florist Rebel Rebel with business partner and best friend Athena Duncan.

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Laura Leong, Floral Designer


Laura Leong

Winner of RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year 2013.

**On Tuesday 19th May 2015 Laura won RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year AGAIN! We’ll be following up with a second interview soon, in the meantime check out her thoughts from two years ago…

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