About Rebecca &
The Botany House
When I was little I always wanted my own little flower shop. I used to spend hours playing in the garden and crushing up petals to make potions in my wendy house. I loved being outside, in the fresh air and making a mess.
I went through school and completely forgot about my flower shop dreams. I wanted to be a horse rider, a police detective, then a scientist, then a garden designer. All these things I enjoyed but they never really hit the mark. I jumped from one thing to another, pretending that I knew what I was doing and what I wanted to do but really I didn’t have a clue. I tried not to think about it because in my mind, if I didn’t think about it then I wasn’t admitting that I didn’t know.
Then at 19 I thought actually, I don’t have to be something to make other people happy or make other people impressed or proud of me. I asked myself what my heart really wanted to do and the instinctive answer was that I wanted to be a florist. I wanted to work with my hands, dig in the dirt, work with mother natures finest ingredients.
I started to study floristry at college in 2017 and left a year later with the most basic City & Guilds qualification. In joining it was my full intention to get all the qualifications to put me in the best position but it became very clear that I didn’t want to be what the college was trying to turn me into. I wanted to make my own rules, follow my own intuition. It felt so unnatural to me to be following patterns when the whole beauty of flowers to me is their imperfection.
So I left and taught myself. I found florists at the top of their game and looked up to them. Trying to figure out how their beautiful creations came together. If I saw something I liked, I bought the best flowers I could and I made it. Using my own techniques that felt right in my hands. I trusted my hands and my eyes to make what I wanted to make and it worked.
I officially set up The Botany House at the beginning of November 2018 and for the first time I felt a sense of belonging, a sense of being on the right path, I was out on my own but I felt at home, I felt trapped working for other people but for once I felt free. The only person I had to impress was myself, everything I was doing was for me. I fell in love instantly with running workshops. With showing people how to use my medium of creative expression and seeing the progression of them from beginning to end. For me creating something I’m proud of and seeing someone understand the beauty in floral design, are the two best parts of my job.
I work with the seasons, using textures and colour palettes to showcase the loveliness of all the flowers and foliage as a whole. I don’t see a reason to fight with natural shapes or wonky stems, its grown that way to survive, to get the chance
to show the world its beauty. I like to create garden style designs, my favourite pieces are ones that look like I’ve gone out into my garden, gathered the most beautiful blooms and scooped them into a bouquet or arrangement. I love movement in colour, texture and shape. If the wind blew I look for my flowers to be able to dance.
It’s really hard to describe what you do and why you love doing it because the truth is that I’m a florist because I love what I do and I love what I do because I am a florist. There’s nothing else that i’d rather be. Back to my childhood, back to my roots of playing in the garden; I am at home and its this combination of love, true pride and joy that enriches every single piece of work that I do. I’d love to hear your ideas and work with you to make them become a reality so please feel free to get in contact to book a consultation.
Love Rebecca x