Jar­dine Botanic

Flo­ral Styling

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When did your love of flow­ers be­gin?

Very early on. I was one of those quiet lit­tle kids who spent a lot of time star­ing lov­ingly at plants, plant­ing seeds and will­ing things to grow. My mum’s mum had such an in­cred­i­ble green thumb. She used to have a lush trop­i­cal rain­for­est-gar­den full of be­go­nias, ferns and birdlife in St Ives in Syd­ney, and later had a stun­ning cold cli­mate gar­den in Bowral. Her ad­mi­ra­tion for plants and flow­ers rubbed off on me, and I feel like I can hear her sage ad­vice ring­ing in my ears when I’m in the gar­den or ar­rang­ing flow­ers.

De­scribe your floristry style.

Ro­man­tic, un­struc­tured, loose-style ar­range­ments, which are (hope­fully) evoca­tive of a slightly will­ful gar­den.

What are the most pop­u­lar?

Pe­onies are al­ways one of the most re­quested flow­ers, fol­lowed closely by ruf­fled scented David Austin gar­den roses. Both of th­ese softer flow­ers are gor­geous, but I find my clients are of­ten drawn to adding in unique spec­i­mens with weird and won­der­ful tex­tures, like fruit­ing pomegranate branches, lo­tus flow­ers and bearded iris.

What are your favourites?

I have a soft spot for ram­bling scented gar­den roses, flan­nel flow­ers, be­go­nia fo­liage, scented gera­nium, wa­terlilies, dog­wood flow­ers and blos­som­ing ap­ple branches.

Are there any ‘rules’?

I don’t think there should be! It’s the one day you get to walk around hold­ing flow­ers and have a room or two styled specif­i­cally for you and your loved ones. It’s a great idea to just choose things you both love as that will work co­he­sively in the end.

Tell us about the most pop­u­lar wed­ding trends at the mo­ment.

Clients seem to want beau­ti­ful unique and lo­cally grown f low­ers ar­ranged in a way that high­lights the beauty of each stem. I also feel as though out­door cer­e­monies are get­ting more in­ter­est­ing with great pil­lars and struc­tures be­ing used to cre­ate great back­drops.

What’s an av­er­age day for you like?

There’s a lot of ad­min, site vis­its and bri­dal con­sul­ta­tions, but the most ex­cit­ing part is a mar­ket day. Get­ting up at 4.20am to drive though the (mostly) sleep­ing city and ar­rive at mar­ket where the grow­ers have been up since be­fore mid­night prep­ping and wran­gling flow­ers. The bus­tle is thrilling! At 5am, the doors open and ev­ery­one weaves in and out, scoop­ing up arm­fuls of flow­ers, load­ing up their vans. I pre­order about 50 per cent of what I need and choose the rest on the day so I can re­ally make sure my pal­ette is spot-on as there are sub­tle shifts in flow­ers week to week. Then it’s back to work in my stu­dio!

What do you love about styling?

It sounds cliché, but I adore how flow­ers can trans­form a space. They are so emo­tive. I still get a spark of joy when I’m de­liv­er­ing flow­ers and a sweet old lady tells me how won­der­ful flow­ers are and how happy they make them. I find it so re­ward­ing to work on wed­dings and events. I love how cre­ative you can be with flow­ers and it’s a pretty ideal job to be in­volved in such an im­por­tant day in peo­ple’s lives.

From wed­dings to spe­cial events, this pas­sion­ate florist trans­forms flow­ers into mag­i­cal dis­plays of ro­mance and love

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