A month of inspiration

Whenever I have the chance (and time) I read Floristry Magazine, follow flower growers blogs and Twitter feeds, and keep an eye on styles and competitions with the British Florist Association and their associated magazine, BFA Florist. I look out for award winning designs from well respected national and international floral designers, too. I love to learn from the world of floristry at large and think it’s important to keep up with the latest trends and developments.

A recent visit to B J Richards Nurseries with the Academy of Floral Art was an interesting window on the delicate process of flower-growing, vital to the final quality and freshness of our floral work. Senior Richards gave us so much history on the family business it was fascinating to hear.

BJ Richards Nurseries

Also this month, of course, it was the Chelsea Flower Show.  Every year there’s a competition to find the RHS Florist of the Year which we all watch with interest wondering if we will know the winner. This year, talented South West floral designer Amanda Randall (based in Tavistock) won a Gold for her entry. Congratulations, Amanda!

Last, but not least, back to my own designs. From this Thursday, H. Samuel in St Austell will be running a special wedding promotion. Some of my floral wedding work will be on display alongside the gorgeous bridal jewellery, so brides-to-be, mothers of the brides or grooms, please pop in if you’re passing and pick up a leaflet – and watch this space for a photo of one of my new  wedding designs.

Busy times for the business

It’s been a hectic fortnight, building up to to some key events in the life of my new business enterprise, but it’s all been worth it. 

The Floral Creations St Austell website is launched, I’ve already had some brilliant feedback on my arrangements, and I’ve met some of my first official customers. 


Last weekend was the Cornish Brides show at Kingsley Village, on the outskirts of Fraddon. Brides-to-be from all over the county would be coming to get ideas for their big day, and I’d decided this would coincide with the official launch of my freelance floral business. One of my specialities is, of course, wedding bouquets and bridal flowers. We cater for every stage of the event from bridesmaid’s posies, to large bridal arrangements for the wedding venue and reception, traditional themed events and eco or green weddings.   

There was a lot to organise in advance of the event. The stand was booked, leaflets printed, badges done, but the flowers were the most important part. All week my store-room was full of beautiful fresh blooms, the rafters ringing with the sound of clipping and cutting (and Radio 2) as we prepared and made a variety of arrangements to show-case some of the types of flowers and designs suitable for weddings, as the day approached. I love the challenge of building up to a big event, and I think the looming deadline and working under pressure brings out my creativity (although I admit one evening I nearly forgot to feed the dogs!).

Anyway, it all went  really well. We (my floral assistant and I) took along some additional flowers to create some of the smaller arrangements actually at the event. We drew quite a crowd for the demonstrations, which gave me a good chance to chat with the brides-to-be, talk about flowers, and swap details. It was a great day. 

wedding bouquet

Of course, the floral arrangements on view weren’t for sale, so after the event, I donated several to a corporate event being held at Kingsley Village the next day to decorate the tables, and some to Cloisters Restaurant at St Austell College for the Students Awards evening


Kingsley Village Bridal Fair

call Karen on : 07450793657Win £50 of flowers for your Wedding! 

Come and visit my stand at the Cornish Brides Magazine Wedding Fair at Kingsley Village on 11th May 2014.

Date: May 11th 2014, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

There’ll be over 70 exhibitors with some of the best bridal businesses in the county, plenty of parking and lots to see.

Whether your wedding is a way ahead and you’re at the window-shopping stage, or closer to the altar (how that time flies!) and looking to get ideas for planning your big day, or even closer…  and seriously now shopping for quotes, I’d love to speak to you about bridal flowers.

You could win flowers worth £50 for your Wedding 

Come along to the Floral Creations St Austell stand and find out more