We find out what makes interesting flower folk tick in a quickfire Q&A.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The winner of RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year 2014 talks competitions, confidence and cringe-worthy moments!
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.
Florist and owner of successful floristry business Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart.
Part owner of London florist Rebel Rebel with business partner and best friend Athena Duncan.