14th July 2021
From sustainable florists to go-to floral wedding designers, here’s our guide to some of the names to know across North Norfolk’s blooming floristry scene. Harriet Cooper is on the scent!
Victoria Arrowsmith Floral Design
Fring-based Victoria Arrowsmith has had a love affair with all things floral for over 20 years, building an extensive knowledge of the flower market. She sources her high-quality blooms from the UK and Holland, drawing on the seasons as inspiration.
Arrangements are full of colour and movement, whether in the form of an exquisite hand-delivered gift bouquet or on a larger scale for events – both corporate and private. Weddings are a forte, and Victoria creates tailor-made displays to suit any budget, venue or taste from quirky to traditional. Her floral arches are a joy to behold.
07787 100149, email@example.com, www.victoriaarrowsmith.com
Forever Green Flower Company
You’ll know a Forever Green Flower Company arrangement when you see one. The signature natural, unfussy style of founder Cel Robertson (pictured) is evident in all her posies, bouquets and wedding work. This is quintessential English country garden floral design at its best.
All the flowers are grown by Cel on an artisan flower farm in Aylmerton, with an emphasis on sustainability, so no chemical or mechanical input, bouquets are wrapped in recyclable paper and environmentally damaging floral foam is a no-no. Mixed bunches of seasonal flowers can be purchased for delivery as a subscription or from various local outlets.
07904 962201, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.forevergreenflowerco.co.uk
When Hannah Hunnam was working at an ad agency in London, she always dreamt of setting up her own floral studio – inspired, perhaps, by her mother’s exquisite rose garden and her love of the Norfolk countryside. In 2020 she turned the dream into reality, establishing the eponymous Hannah Hunnam Flowers in Castle Acre.
With her impeccable taste, Hannah has quickly built a reputation for her colourful, wild and whimsical arrangements, for which she uses locally grown and British blooms as much as possible. Her hand-delivered Friday Flower bouquets – always the perfect combination of colour, texture, shape and form – will bring joy to any weekend.
Lockwood & Lily
When floral designer and event florist Caroline Marten was a little girl, she used to visit her grandmother’s house where she was entranced by the garden room which was dedicated to the art of drying flowers. And so began Caroline’s life-long passion for floristry.
Cambridge and Norfolk-based Caroline now runs floral design company Lockwood & Lily, specialising in weddings and events. Her creative flair is much praised by clients, whether in the form of striking vintage-inspired tablescapes or the most romantic of bridal posies. You can also buy her bouquets at Humble Pie in Burnham Market.
07812 753896, email@example.com, www.lockwoodandlily.com
If you head to Creake Abbey, you’re in for a sweet scented, pretty-as-a-picture surprise. For it’s here that local florist Constance Rose has set up floral and botanical shop Constance at Creake (open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm) in one of the brick and flint barns.
Run by Constance Rose founder Jo Thomas, the space is a vision of romantic blooms, the likes of peonies, roses and tulips, sourced from the vintage garden, flower meadow and hedgerows on Jo’s farm and other cutting gardens in Norfolk. They also deliver natural floral bouquets in Norwich and along the coast.
07894 575931, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.constancerose.co.uk
The Floral Sistas are a five-strong group of women who share a love of floristry. After running a florist shop in Swaffham for 12 years, the Sistas are now based at a studio and workshop in Wormegay, near King’s Lynn.
It’s here that they create their bespoke arrangements for celebrations or commiserations, as well as bunches of fresh flowers and wreaths and bouquets of dried and faux flowers – all available to order online. The quintet also hosts workshops at the studio, which always sell out fast. We’re loving their DIY Floral Crown Box (£35), which comes with everything you need to create your own statement headpiece.
01553 400923, email@example.com, www.floralsistas.co.uk
Myrtle & Thyme
Step into the garden of The Three Horseshoes pub in Briston and you’ll find Marie Crowley and her flourishing flower and gift business Myrtle & Thyme. Having trained in floristry, Marie worked in London at Moyses Stevens in Sloane Square, where she created displays for clients such as The Ritz. As you’d expect, she’s highly professional.
As well as selling loose-cut flowers, Marie can advise on creating the most uplifting of hand-tied bouquets for any special occasion, which can be delivered to your door. She’s also a whizz at weddings and other events, as well as floral tributes. Alongside the blooms, the shop is a treasure trove of locally-sourced giftware and cards.
07899 313167, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bristonhorseshoes.co.uk
Scent With Love
Nicholas Godfrey-Cole established Scent With Love in 2002, building up a loyal fanbase in Hunstanton before moving his thriving floristry business to Fakenham in 2020. Located in the old quarter of the town, the shop has become a haven for those looking for thoughtfully-constructed creations, whatever the occasion.
The new online web shop means you can order for local delivery, from a seasonal vase of fresh blooms to the stunning rose bouquet – a dozen long stemmed roses in the colour of your choice with seasonal foliage (add on a box of chocolate truffles for extra wow factor).
01485 535568, email@example.com, www.scentwithlove-norfolk.co.uk
Crown House Flowers
Having taught floristry at horticultural college, and with an in-depth knowledge and passion for flowers, Penny Nicholas established her independent floristry business in 2012, opening her first shop in Holt in 2019.
While the store is certainly the place to pick up a stylish bouquet, Crown House Flowers is also a go-to for events; Penny creates natural, fresh floral designs for everything from weddings to private dinner parties and corporate dos. A keen advocate of sustainability, Penny sources seasonal Norfolk-grown flora and foliage where possible.
01263 711711, www.crownhouseflowers.co.uk