Today on Florist Friday, I’m thrilled to let you know that Neil Birks of NB Flowers has won the New Covent Garden Flower Market ‘Florist of the Year 2014′ Award!
NB Flowers is an event and contract floristry business, founded, owned and run by Neil. Ten years ago, he had just one client, the Little Venice Cake Company, ordering 30 roses a week. Today, Neil has four permanent staff, an army of freelancers and a thriving business providing beautiful flowers to clients in Central London for contracts and events. Every single stem is sourced from the Flower Market, where NB Flowers has been based from its very first day of trading. Many congratulations to Neil! Here’s an example of his stunning floral designs.
Congratulations too to Mary Jane Vaughan and Jay Archer Floral Design, who were shortlisted.
I was delighted to be on the judging panel, together with (left to right) Caroline Marshall-Foster (Editor of The Florist), Helen Evans (Director of Business Development & Support at Covent Garden Market Authority) and Simon Lycett (The Flower Market’s Florist of the Year 2013).
You can read more about the awards on the New Covent Garden Flower Market website. And you’ll also find a profile of Neil and his business there.
(Images: CGMA/The Florist)
In this week’s Wedding Wednesday blog post, I’m delighted to feature images of Amie Bone Flowers’s stand at Brides The Show last month. Using a predominantly red and green colour palette, Amie had created a wonderful ‘Enchanted Forest’. The design included a lavish floral table runner which is pictured immediately below, plus lots of hanging blooms.
If you’d like to see more of Amie’s lovely designs, simply pop over to the Amie Bone Flowers website.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)
I have some VERY exciting news! Flowerona is entered in two categories for the public vote in the UK Blog Awards. I now have a favour to ask…I would be very grateful if you would vote for me. It’ll only take a few seconds and it would mean so much to me.
Simply click here to vote in the Wedding Category and click here to vote in the Arts & Culture Category. For both categories, simply enter your name and email address.
Thank you SO much! Voting closes on Wednesday 3rd December 2014.
Here’s my round up of floral links from around the globe to inspire you…
Flowerona Blog Posts
Video showing the creation of a flower carpet on the Grand-Place in Brussels, using hundreds of thousands of begonias. This year’s design is based on the kelim, a typical Turkish carpet as a template, to mark 50 years of Turkish immigration.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s links and have a lovely Sunday!
(Images : 1. Ella Doran, 2. Naomi Kenton)
This week’s Flowerona Reflects video features my visit to Bloomsbury Flowers’s new shop at Ham Yard Village, the Ham Yard Hotel and a Christmas Door Wreath Workshop with Blue Sky Flowers.
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