Growing up I spent many holidays in the English countryside. In a small Yorkshire village my grandfather, upon retirement, became the village gardener whilst my grandmother foraged and made elderflower wine. I have so many wonderful memories and was always asking questions, wanting to know what all the flowers' names were and to join in.
Much later in life, my daughter and I went on a holiday to Bath which we combined with a floristry course. It re-kindled my love of nature; I discovered the joy and beauty of all things floral and a natural flair. My degree in Art & Design and lifetime of painting was translated from canvas to life. I followed this passion and trained as a florist in London. Afterwards gaining further experience as a freelancer for a London event florist and in a local florist's shop.
Deciding to step out on my own, I created Cecily & Ernest at my kitchen table. Based in Kent between Sevenoaks and Tonbridge, where I love nothing better than a fresh bucket, or ten, of flowers and a creative project. It is a joy to work with beautiful blooms, meet people and bring to life their visions with creativity, using the colours and textures of nature.
With warmest wishes,
P.S. For those wondering 'Cecily & Ernest' was inspired by my favourite romantic couple and their courtship in Oscar Wilde's play 'The Importance of Being Earnest'.