Today, I’m delighted to feature an interview with florist Sharon Boon of Flowerbug Designs.
Could you tell us what prompted you to become a florist?
It’s funny when I look back. I always remember as a small child that my parents allowed me to have a small piece of garden to keep as my own.
My mum would help me grow sweet peas, and my dad – dahlias. They would laugh that I would virtually comb the small section of grass, which I would also constantly water to keep it as green as possible.
I was very lucky as a child as we had a large garden and my parents would spend a lot of time tending to it. So really it does go back to there.
For many years, I worked in the media industry as an illustrator, which was great as it was hands-on and very creative. But over the years, it became less so with all the artwork becoming computer generated.
So I decided to do a ten week evening course in floristry, and that was it. I was totally hooked.
When did you start your own business and where are you based?
We only formed in 2008-2009. In the beginning, I was still freelancing for the national press and fitting in working for a wonderful London florist, Mary Jane Vaughan. This floristry position came about from being fortunate to have a work experience placement with them, whilst also studying a two year course in floristry.
Working for Mary Jane Vaughan was an absolutely amazing experience and really did open my eyes to just how beautiful flowers could be. They were an amazing and extremely talented team.
I would say in 2009 it was the classic tale of doing the flowers for a friend’s wedding, and it unbelievably snowballed from there. Again, the college course, plus the additional invaluable experience from the London shop, gave me the confidence to take it from there.
We’re now in a workshop based in East Grinstead in West Sussex, where our aim is to bring a touch of that London glamour and luxurious quality to Sussex.
How did the name come about?
I’ve always driven a Beetle, which was probably not the best car to own when starting out. It was quite an achievement getting all the flowers from the market in there!
It was soon recognised as ‘here comes flower bug’. We now have our van too!
What kind of floristry services do you offer?
We mainly work within the wedding and event industry, although just recently we’ve started to undertake regular weekly contract work, which we love.
We also seem to be finding ourselves making up more and more bouquets for local delivery.
How would you describe your style?
I never realised I was a romantic, but keep being told my style is so. I would say it is lavish.
We tend to use a lot of flowers within our designs. I’m also an attention-to-detail fanatic! The team, that I’m fortunate to have working with me, pull my leg about this.
What is your favourite flower?
That’s really hard to answer, because I just love so many…honestly.
If I really had to choose, I suppose I would have to go back to the beginning again, as I absolutely love sweet peas … the scent is just divine and so delicate. Plus there’s a large choice of colours, all of which are simply stunning.
What are your plans for 2012?
To continue to grow as we have been. We love being workshop-based as we feel it offers such a personal service.
As we’re based on what was a farm, it would be lovely to have a small cutting garden…and to grow those sweet peas again!
We are also excited to announce that we will be launching a wedding range to accessorise and style weddings on the fantastic notonthehighstreet.com.
Many thanks to Sharon for all her help in putting together today’s post and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it and seeing her beautiful floral designs.
If you’d like to keep up-to-date with her news, she’s on Twitter.
(Images : Profile image – Polly Wreford/LIVE magazine for IKEA FAMILY/Spring 2011. Other images – Flowerbug Designs)