I’m Alison and im a florist. I started off designing window displays for Kirkcaldies in Wellington before eventually finding my way to flowers after a long love affair with nature.
I learnt the basic skills of floristry from an amazing tutor here in Kapiti and worked briefly in the industry where I realised quickly that I wanted to bring beautiful, fresh flowers to people, free of sprays and chemicals with zero plastic wrapping or air miles, when we moved to the Kapiti Coast 3 years ago, I put on my wellies and started digging. I sold my first bunch of home-grown flowers in December 2018 and things took off pretty swiftly after that! It was here that Bee & Bloom was born.
We are now in our third growing season which runs from September to May. Our spring flowers include Freesia (Grans favourite) Ranunculus and Tulips. In summer we have many garden favourites, including dahlias, zinnia, cosmos, larkspur and many others. We compost all of our garden wastage, recycle everything that we can, and our worm farm turns our scraps into liquid gold for our hungry flowers.
I believe that our natural environment is precious and wish our impact upon the earth to be purely beneficial. I grow seasonal cut flowers and leave a percentage of them for pollinators and bees to enjoy. We have our own hive of honey bees who have been with us for two years, we harvested our beautiful golden floral honey this year which we now sell.
So why Bee & Bloom? Our name is very special to us! I’m originally from Manchester UK (and proud!) and the worker bee is the symbol of Manchester and its industrial heritage. I can probably thank my Gran for my love of flowers, one of my earliest memories is looking though her dried flower collection and being amazed at their beauty, she was a skilled arranger and the honesty pods in my logo are a tribute to her.
I truly love growing and arranging, when I deliver I love seeing the reaction of the recipients face its the best part of my job by far. My flowers are the freshest and best quality as they are grown with love and picked fresh to order, please contact me to order I would love to hear from you.