Sixty Seconds

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



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.


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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