Style and Designs
Chirpee Flowers combines my lifelong love of nature with the creative inspiration unleashed from my Interior Design degree. I wanted my bouquets and floral designs to sing with beauty and emotion.
My knowledge of botany alongside my love of style enables me to capture the personality of the couple, and the ambience of their wedding day. Whether bountifully boho or exquisitely elegant, I work hard to bring the theme of the wedding to life through my floral designs. From jewellery for bridesmaids or contemporary bouquets using unusual materials; the more unique the idea, the better!
My creative (others say perfectionist) skills won me a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show, while floristry students I have taught have won an impressive 18 gold medals at Chelsea between them. However, the testament to the success of Chirpee Flowers is the incredible praise I receive from my lovely clients. I love how much my floral designs can wonderfully transform outfits and wedding locations; they bring texture, colour, life and the romance of the day to the forefront.
While I continue competing, teaching floristry students and judging floristry competitions myself, designing unique and beautiful wedding flowers for our lovely couples will always be my passion.
My story so far...
My earliest memory of flowers is an odd one. I was positioned at the bottom of a long flight of stairs in my Dads' florist shop in Grantham, aged six and told to shout "SHOP!" at the top of my voice if a customer came in. Both parents worked upstairs creating the designs, downstairs was filled with masses of fragrant, colourful, beautiful blooms. Even writing this brings a smile as it sounds reminiscent of " Open all Hours" but I remember the feeling of responsibility at this tender little age as well as knowing it was place I loved to be.
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 1930's 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 7am, working very long hours, usually very cold and my hands continually red and sore I decided to go back to studying!
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 a few thousand white dendrobium orchids which won a Gold Medal. A very happy moment.
After teaching at an FE College near Lewes, and becoming Head of Floristry 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 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 them.
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 onto the world stage.
The wedding flower business has ticked nicely along in the background but is now mine and the teams' main focus. We create beautiful designs for lovely couples around Sussex, and bring our expertise when you are planning the most visual and decorative part of your wedding day.