Tell us about Prunella.


We are inspired by the end­less po­ten­tial of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing beauty. Prunella and our first event space Churchill are an ex­ten­sion of this idea. We think big, have an eye for de­tail and a quest for per­fec­tion. We care. We’re aes­thet­i­cally mo­ti­vated. We have a gen­uine in­ter­est in the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween peo­ple and their en­vi­ron­ment. We see our­selves as ar­chi­tects of na­ture’s bounty, choos­ing the most beau­ti­ful sea­sonal flow­ers and fo­liage we can find and com­bin­ing them to cap­ture our client’s imag­i­na­tion. Tell us about your back­ground and what led you to floristry, and to the launch of your own busi­ness/part­ner­ship. We moved to the coun­try six years ago, met each other and felt so inspired by all the nat­u­ral beauty around us that a month later we were on a cre­ative ad­ven­ture into flow­ers. What would your dream client/pro­ject or col­lab­o­ra­tion look like? A château in France or a rooftop gar­den in Rome dur­ing the Euro­pean sum­mer, a sprawl­ing gar­den ter­race over­look­ing Lake Como, and an end­less se­lec­tion of sublime sea­sonal flo­rals and mag­nif­i­cent urns to cre­ate a mas­ter­piece… Fail­ing that, we’ve tried to bring a lit­tle bit of Euro­pean flair to Churchill, cre­at­ing that same sense of grand­ness with flow­ers in the gar­dens and the church build­ing. What are your top flo­ral picks for Aus­tralian spring? Spring is one of our favourite times of the year for flow­ers: big fluffy pe­onies are in sea­son, fra­grant gar­den roses, sculp­tural mag­no­lia branches, dog­wood, li­lac and snow­ball tulips like scoops of ice cream… How does liv­ing and work­ing in Kyne­ton in­flu­ence the way you work? Be­ing based just out­side Mel­bourne in the Mace­don Ranges means that we are lucky to be close to the nat­u­ral source and ex­pe­ri­ence the change in the sea­sons. We are sur­rounded by like-minded cre­ative peo­ple who in­spire us, and be­ing based in the coun­try gives us the headspace to imag­ine and re­fine our de­signs.

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