Julia, welcome to the 2018 Midlands Bridal Fair. We are so excited to introduce you and your business to our Brides- and Grooms-to-be!
We’d love to know more about you and how you got into the industry…
I trained at the Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew many years ago but then spent 25 years in the corporate world. On moving to the KZN Midlands three years ago and inheriting a big, old garden, we decided to follow our passion and finally become ‘Farmer-florists’.
What services and expertise does your business offer to clients?
We are the KZN distributors for Tambuzi roses from Kenya and Yes Exclusive imports for the wedding industry. We also grow Old English roses like David Austins and other heirloom varieties in our KZN Midlands cutting garden along with seasonal flowers. We supply our roses throughout KZN as well as design and make floral arrangements for weddings.
How long have you been doing this for?
Two years in KZN.
What do you love most about the work you do?
Everything! We particularly love running a local business and training local women in horticulture and floral design.
What differentiates your business and makes you stand out? What are you known for?
We grow unusual garden roses which are whimsical and scented. Our Tambuzi roses are quite simply majestic – there are no others quite the same!
What can visitors to the Midlands Bridal Fair expect to see from you at the fair?
We will have all our roses showcased in seasonal and romantic displays along with some ideas for bouquets, table arrangements and how to use our roses for your wedding.
Any client testimonial/s you’d like to share?
We are fortunate to have many lovely testimonials – many of them on our Instagram page: local_spark_co
Tell us what inspires you. Any websites, people or companies that you follow?
The legacy of old gardens and women gardeners inspire me like Vita Sackville-West. I love the knowledge that they bring about plants and working with the seasons and they inspire me to create wildly romantic and natural arrangements to celebrate country gardens.
Any upcoming wedding trend forecasts?
Focusing on local products and vendors is a growing trend all over the world – inspired by wanting to make a positive environmental difference as well as celebrate being in the moment and in the place.
What advice would you give to Brides- and/or Grooms-to-be?
When it comes to flowers for your wedding – know your seasons! This means that you will be able to keep both your costs down and not be disappointed when you can only get locally grown Peonies in November, for example!
Do you have a favourite quote?
“Under promise and over deliver!”