- Written by Olivia Spurgeon
- September 06, 2017
They are more likely to give you flowers than fancy chocolates (remember the Ferrero Rocher adverts!) but the 2017 Ambassadors for Colombian Flowers are every bit as fabulous.
Invited to be part of the programme because they genuinely buy Colombian flowers as a matter of course and have done for many years, the first new faces; Morgan Nuth, Karen Broxholme, Keri Walker, Helmer Cuartas (yes he is a Colombian living in London) and Caroline Pecorelli are all retail florists with their own GFG approved shops and so know exactly the sort of issues facing their fellow florists.
Fellow GFG'ers Ian Lloyd, one of the UK’s top designers and regular wedding florist for Peckforton Castle and Louise Roots, head florist at Leeds Castle, represent the event sector where costs are equally crucial and why both use Colombian extensively because they know when it comes to big gigs nothing beats the value and coverage of Colombian flowers.
Which means they are exactly the right people to give help, advice and guidance on which Colombian varieties to choose, what to look out for and why making the switch from simply thinking Dutch can save a fortune. In fact, if you want to ask them yourselves why they buy Colombian then pop down (up/around) to Leeds Castle in Kent on Tuesday and Wednesday 26/27 September as all the Ambassadors will be there taking part in the first photo shoot as well as doing demonstrations.
But it isn’t just florists we'll be working with. Because who supplies your Colombian flowers is just as important to make sure you can buy the very best their growers have to offer. And that's why we’ll be working closely with both Optimus Flowers, the UK’s biggest importer of Colombian flowers and our Ambassador’s wholesalers as well; Clog Flowers in Manchester, RM Flowers in Nottingham, SouthEast Flowers in Ashford, Kent, New Covent Garden Market, Peter J Hawking in Bristol and FleuraMetz who offer both national delivery and have branches in London. Glasgow and Dublin.
Over the coming months we’ll bring you news of the new website … complete with varieties and design inspiration, keep you up to date with our regular newsletters and of course bring you oodles of ideas and advice from the Colombian Ambassadors. If we can find a way of getting you chocolates as well we will!
Pictured above clockwise: Chris Wolfe of SouthEast Flowers and Louise Roots. Helmer Cuartas, Ian Lloyd, Keri Walker, Morgan Nuth, Caroline Pecorelli and Karen Broxholme.