Steph, Tim & Chirpee Team
Flowers are definitely growing in our world.
Let us create magical floral designs in yours.
The Story so far...
I'm proud to be a third-generation florist, my grandad had a large chrysanthemum nursery in Lincolnshire, the centre of the floral world in the 1930s who supplied the old Covent Garden market in London.
Three shops later in Sussex, and my family "persuaded" me to run one of the shops at the unconfident age of eighteen. A little later, after early mornings meeting the refrigerated vans from Holland at 7 am, working very long hours, usually very cold and my hands continually red and sore I decided to go back to studying!
An Interior design degree under my belt, two children growing up, I found I missed flowers, so started a fledgling wedding flower business working from my garage to start with, alongside part-time hours in the family business and temping for other florists in Sussex. A busy life.
Competitions intrigued me and I was lucky enough to work with the World President of Interflora who sponsored an exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show. An extremely large and very heavy bonsai tree was created with many thousands of white dendrobium orchids which won a Gold Medal. A very happy moment.
After teaching at Plumpton College near Lewes, and becoming Head of Floristry there, teaching hundreds of students up to Foundation Degree level, I was privileged to be offered a role working for WorldSkills International, training young floristry students to compete around the world. They are very talented young people, so successful, gaining over 18 Gold Medals at Chelsea between them, many of whom have opened their own businesses. I'm incredibly proud of all my former students.
I gained a Graduateship in Coaching for Performance Excellence and Internationally I've taught and judged in many countries from Brazil, Canada, Japan, and Finland to name just a few as well as local shows of course.
A few years ago an amazing trip to Russia, to help train the Russian Kazan floristry team for their debut on the world stage.
The wedding flower business is now mine and the teams' main focus.
We love creating beautiful designs for lovely couples around Sussex, and beyond and bring our expertise when you are planning the most visual and decorative part of your wedding day.