I opened my shop here in Eastbourne in the year 2000 having been in floristry ever since I left school in 1977.Whilst still in my teens I took a 3 year course & qualified in City & Guilds 1, 2, & 3 at Brighton College, at the same time working in a florist shop where I built up experience & speed in shop work. I’m very lucky here at Ann’s flowers to have such a good team of experienced & enthusiastic florists behind me, we’re always keeping our eyes open for new ideas whether it new products/wrapping techniques or just an idea picked up from watching a demonstration etc whilst also still enjoying the traditional styles of floristry We never really switch off probably because we enjoy what we do so much.
I’ve known & worked with Ann for over 20 years. I started at the age of 15 when I left school, we had to wire everything then but then Oasis was invented about the time money went over to decimalization!! Makes me sound ancient!!!,us four girls clock up over 100 years floristry experience between us. I have been in floristry ever since & will continue all the time I’m able to.
Having started out as a Saturday girl in a florist shop 26 years ago, I still thoroughly enjoy my job,every day is different, lots of variety & some challenging requests from customers whilst others leave it to our own creative minds. I enjoy all aspects of floristry especially wedding work, having qualified as a florist at Croydon college I passed City & guilds 1,2, & 3 which included advanced wedding work.I am open to challenges & in the past I have been asked to do a herbal wedding for a Botanist, a bouquet of weeds for a gardener and lots of unusual floral tributes including A dartboard, Handbag, Mr Men characters & a Grandfather clock and finally a couple of Celeb Weddings!!!
I have been happily working at Ann’s Flowers for many years and every day is enjoyable working with a fun and friendly team whilst being surrounded with beautiful flowers. During this time, with support from Ann, I have developed my floristry skill which has enabled me to achieve a Higher Diploma in Floristry awarded by City & Guilds and The Society of Floristry. This has led me to being given the opportunity of sharing my knowledge through teaching floristry for both evening and themed day sessions. I am always pleased to chat to customers offering advice and guidance to help choose the perfect flowers and design to suit any occasion.
Pictures of some of our current & archive work can be found on our Facebook page www.Facebook.com/AnnsFlowersEastbourne