Today, as part of my Florist Friday blog post series, I’m delighted to feature an interview with Rachael Scott of Hedgerow.
Could you tell us what prompted you to become a florist?
I’ve always loved flowers and plants. I was lucky enough to grow up in a family of keen gardeners. We had a large wild garden in the countryside and most of my childhood memories are of being up trees, planting things and collecting flowers. When I left home, I moved to Edinburgh and trained as an architect. I kept window boxes, had an allotment and eventually a garden. As friends started to get married, they asked me to help with their wedding flowers. And my love affair with arranging flowers began in earnest!
Could you tell us how your floristry career has progressed?
I’m mostly self-taught. I tend to practise a lot with clippings from the garden and leftovers from events, trying out working with new vessels and different ways to put arrangements and bouquets together. I attended The Little Flower School when it visited London a couple of years ago which was immensely inspiring, both for the tuition from Nicolette and Sarah and also from meeting all of the amazing talented florists that were there.
That same year, I met Paula Baxter from Mill Pond Flower Farm who was establishing her flower farm about an hour’s drive outside Edinburgh. We now work together and in spring, summer and autumn most of the flowers and foliage I use are grown by her. It’s been hard work establishing a small business but it’s extremely rewarding and the floral community is so supportive! The organisational and planning skills I learnt as an architect have really come in handy. I still have to pinch myself that I get to work with flowers for a living.
When did you start your business and where are you based?
Hedgerow was formally established in the summer of 2012 when I had my first season of weddings (including our own wedding!). After our son was born in early 2013, I started booking more weddings for the following summer. I stopped working as an architect in December 2014 and have been full-time with Hedgerow since then. I’m based in central Edinburgh. At the moment, my small workshop is in the back of a friend’s shop in Stockbridge.
What kind of floristry services do you offer?
I primarily offer bespoke wedding flower design. I love meeting couples and hearing about their plans and working with them to create something unique for their wedding. I also provide flowers for events and deliver flowers within the city centre. Customers have started to request flower arranging lessons and workshops. So I’m hoping to expand on this over the coming year.
Where do you get inspiration for your floral designs?
I think that my training as an architect affects how I work, especially with the form of larger arrangements. Paintings, photography and fabric designs have also proved to be rich influences for me. I get a lot of inspiration from visiting gardens. I love Derek Jarman’s garden at Dungeness, Dan Pearson’s work and writing, and Piet Oudolf’s landscapes are magical. My heart is happiest, however, in a wild country garden.
How would you describe your style?
Loose, lush and naturalistic! My favourite arrangements are usually made using some foraged foliage, and flowers either from my garden or grown by Paula.
What are your plans for 2016?
Lots of weddings! I’m also working with an artist friend on some floral illustrations for her portfolio which is proving to be really interesting. Plus I’m hoping to teach more and I’m planning on treating myself to a workshop or two.
What is your favourite flower?
This changes a lot and is an impossible question to answer! Right now, it’s the branches of blossom on my mantelpiece.
Thank you so much to Rachael for all her help in compiling today’s blog post. If you’d like to see more of her beautiful designs, do pop over to the Hedgerow website. Social media wise, you can find Rachael on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.