_New Florist in town
Hi, my name is Eva and I am the new florist in town.
I’d like to share a brief story about how it all started, but first I would like to thank everyone for the support and warm welcoming the community showed at the opening party and during my first week in the Pepperpot. It’s been joyful.
I founded Florist from the Forest in 2016, foraging in the woods of the French Alps to create beautiful Christmas wreaths for the local chalets.
My passion for plants started at an early age, growing up in the countryside, I helped my grandmother with cultivating potatoes and roses.
When I followed my other interest to study Landscape Architecture at degree level, I kept finding myself being drawn back to foraging and growing cut flowers. When I had graduated I pursued a career of a garden designer and a part-time wedding florist.
Private garden design _ site plan
Since moving to Devon I've worked as a head gardener at a wilding project, managing the garden and land department, maintaining and developing productive and ornamental gardens as well as establishing meadows, protecting species rich habitats and monitoring wildlife.
These experiences led me to the realisation that floristry can, and should be, done differently and I decided to open an 'ethical' florist.
Harvest mouse survey - sweep through a rough pasture field with the team.
Surveying rhos pasture looking for orchids and marsh fritillary butterflies.
With sustainability as a priority, supporting local flower growers, using recycled and recyclable materials, I hope to make a difference and inspire the florist industry to slowly turn away from import, waste and single use plastic.
An average rose (predominantly grown in Ecuador), shipped to Holland’s flower auction centre and then to the UK, travels over 6000
miles. The biggest cut flower producers are The Netherlands, Colombia, Ecuador and Kenya.
For daily flower photos follow me on instagram https://www.instagram.com/florist_from_the_forest/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100084068644125
Here are some photos of the shop progress. All building work was managed and done by James Van der Steen projects ltd. (he even decided on tone of pink), my phallic worktop was made by Dan from D&R carpentry ltd. and the beautiful sign was hand painted by talented signwriter Josh Monk.
Stage one - everything out
Pile it up in the corner
New lights inspired by oldschool fluorescent tubes we used to have in the kitchen & pigmented lime plaster on the wall waiting to dry.
Some Inchyra blue for the back wall & meet The builder and the shop dog
The stock is in!
!!!The opening party!!!