Virginia – Flower Gallery Owner and Floral Stylist
I have always had a passion for floristry, maybe it’s because my grandmother sold posies of flowers like violets and daffodils from her gate 60 years ago. My family is very creative with my mother being a water colour artist and everyone in our family has some form of creativity in their own right, and mine is with flowers.
Soon after training as a florist full time and working for many florists in Auckland, I moved with my husband to build our home and live permanently on Waiheke Island. But I found that I missed floristry, so decided to specialise in wedding flowers on Waiheke Island from my home studio for 9 years.
After outgrowing my home studio, I decided to move into my own retail shop and cater for everything floral. I’ve always had more ideas than I have time for and I truly believe that anything is possible in this industry, as long as you work hard and really have a passion. I have a wonderful team of girls that are experienced in all aspects of floral design and after a busy week you will find us sipping on a glass of wine.
Elle – Manager/Floral Stylist
I have always had an interest in all things floral from pressing flowers to helping mum in the garden so when the opportunity arose to turn that into a career I leapt at the chance. In 2011 I completed a certificate in floristry, and since then have worked in various roles in the industry.
I was lucky to have met Virginia while completing work experience during my training, and from then on, I assisted her with weddings from her home studio during the busy summer months.
When Flower gallery began to outgrow the studio, Virginia approached me about coming to work alongside her as the manager at the new retail store which was a dream come true. I love that I have the freedom to explore my creativity and come up with new concepts at the same time working with someone who I can bounce ideas off and who shares the same passion for floristry.
My favourite thing about being a florist is seeing people’s faces light up when they receive a bouquet; it’s nice to know I can brighten people’s days in some way.