Happpy Easter

Our warehouse is currently ‘buzzing’ with Church flower arrangers calling to collect their Easter flowers. From Carnations, Chrysanthemums, Lilies, Lisianthus and Roses to Daffodils, Iris, Narcissi and Tulips our cold store is full of flowers in shades of cream, white and yellow.

Amidst the Easter preparations we managed to fit in a demonstration last weekend led by North Tonbridge Flower Association Chairman Gill Smaggasgale. Gill has been a customer of ours for several years, ordering flowers via our overnight courier service, and happened to let slip one day that she had recently qualified as a Demonstrator.

Her demonstration entitled ‘Listening in Colour’ was based upon song titles and during the course of the afternoon Gill created designs depicting the following songs – “Chicago My Kind of Town”, “Summertime and the Living is Easy”, “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”, “Moonriver”, The Girl from Ipanema” and “It’s a wonderful World”. Whilst arranging Gill also entertained us with the origins and story behind each of the songs.

We have had some lovely feedback and comments from those who attended and it was a most enjoyable way to spend a Spring afternoon as the following photographs show

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all and let’s hope 2014 is a happy, healthy and successful year for us all. It seems unbelievable that we are now almost half way through January but it seems a good opportunity to reflect on the events we were involved with leading up to Christmas.

We were delighted to work with Jane Rickard and the Surrey Area of NAFAS supplying the flowers to “Florimania for Christmas” at Hampton Court Palace. Having supplied “Spring Florimania” for a number of years it was wonderful to see the Palace transformed with a festive floral twist as Williams III’s apartments were dressed with Christmas floral arrangements. Visitors were also able to attend Christmas Wreath and Table Decoration demonstrations by Area Demonstrators.

We now look forward to supplying the next “Spring Florimania” to be held over Mothering Sunday weekend at the end of March.

If you wish to see photographs from the event please click here

On the 14th December we welcomed NAFAS demonstrator Irene Hickson to our warehouse for a demonstration entitled “Festive Fantasy”. Over 50 ladies attended the event which saw Irene display examples of festive arrangements in a multitude of colours from pink and purple to the more traditional reds and greens. Irene had been recommended to us by members of a local flower club and we were certainly not disappointed – her enthusiasm, humour and obvious love of flower arranging left everyone inspired and motivated to create their own Christmas designs.

Below is a small selection of photographs from the demonstration.

 

As we drew closer to Christmas we held two of our very popular Workshop mornings. Lead by our in house florist Rebecca Warwick workshop attendees were shown how to create two Christmas arrangements. The workshops were thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended and we have already been asked to hold a ‘tailor made’ workshop for two of the ladies who attended plus some of their friends in the Spring.

Below is a selection of photographs taken at both the Workshops.

 

18th December was an early start for Clare and Sally who were at Portsmouth Dockyard by 6.30 in the morning to deliver the flowers ordered for the Homecoming of the Royal Navy frigate HMS Lancaster. Members of the Ship’s company had pre-ordered either a single red rose or a bouquet of flowers for presentation to their loved ones on disembarkation from the Ship after their 7 month deployment to the Caribbean.

The pictures below show the boxes of flowers being loaded onto the launch for transportation out to the Ship prior to its arrival into the Dockyard.

 

Drug-Busting HMS Lancaster returns to Portsmouth

Click to read about the work of ‘Drug Busting’ HMS Lancaster
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I think that just about summarises the end of last year and we are now preparing for the coming weeks which will include Valentine’s Day and Mothering Sunday followed by what is looking to be a very busy Summer of weddings.

 

Buriton Flower Festival

Nursery Fresh were delighted to supply the flowers for the Flower Festival held at St Marys Church, Buriton, Near Petersfield. With the theme based around Harvest Festival the Church was filled with stunning arrangements combining flowers, fruit and vegetables.

Flower Festival Designer and Organiser Margaret Davis was thrilled with all the flowers and complimented Nursery Fresh on the quality and subsequent longevity of them all.

 Below is a selection of photographs taken at the Flower Festival Preview Evening

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From Weddings to Type 45 Destroyers – Nursery Fresh’s flowers continue to delight

Apologies for the lack of posts in recent weeks but our feet have hardly touched the ground during the Summer.

We have supplied flowers to a record number of Brides and Flower Arrangers this year both locally and nationally via our overnight courier service and are already taking bookings for 2014 and 2015. Judging by the Testimonials we have received, similar to this one, we certainly seem to be ‘getting it right’

 Hi Sally

Flowers arrived before 9am this morning – the hydrangeas in particular are stunning – so pleased!
Thank you! Carol

Yesterday we were delighted to supply the flowers for the commissioning ceremony in Portsmouth Dockyard of the Royal Navy’s newest destroyer HMS Duncan. Having previously supplied presentation bouquets for the homecomings of her sister ships HMS Dauntless & HMS Diamond it was a privilege to be involved in this special event.

We are currently in the process of finalising our Christmas Programme of events and will post the details on the website in the coming days but can already announce we are to hold another of our popular Bridal Flower Open Days on Saturday 23rd November (see Events page for full details or visit our dedicated Bridal Flower site www.bridalflowersdirect.com) for full details. If you know anyone who is planning a wedding in the coming months do please let them know.

Winchester Cathedral ‘Symphony of Flowers’

Winchester Cathedral opens it’s doors today to:

“The Cathedral Flower Festival of 2013”

Designed by Angela Turner, international floral designer, on behalf of the Wessex and Jersey area of NAFAS, this spectacular event will appeal to everyone.

Nursery Fresh Ltd, of Portsmouth, were honoured to have been appointed as flower supplier to The Symphony of Flowers and would like to congratulate Angela and her team on their amazing results.

The stunning visual impact, coupled with the fantastic fragrance filling this  beautiful building  is not to be missed and tickets can be purchased from the

Winchester Cathedral Box Office

The Very Reverend James Atwell, Dean of Winchester and the Winchester Cathedral Chapter, have very kindly given Nursery Fresh permission to publish a selection of  pictures from ‘The Symphony of Flowers’

Pictures of the supply and staging for ‘Symphony of Flowers can be seen ‘here’

Nursery Fresh would like to thank flower supplier Sjaak van der Vyver and Transport company NV Transport of Chichester, for their help and superb service, which helped towards the success of The Winchester Cathedral ‘Symphony of Flowers’

Our Pleasure and Privilege…..

We received, today, this lovely message from Valerie Davidson, the Leader and Designer of  ‘The NAFAS Chelsea 2013 Exhibit’, staged by SAFAS, the Scottish Area of NAFAS

“The SAFAS Chelsea Team 2013 were delighted with the service and quality of the flowers supplied by Nursery Fresh. They were commented on by the head judge and we feel that combined with the superb plant material contributed to us being awarded a Gold medal. Many thanks. Valerie Davidson team Leader/Designer”

Valerie Davidson and her Chelsea 2013 team

Valerie Davidson and her Chelsea 2013 team

GOLD at Chelsea Flower Show!!!!!!

The NAFAS ‘Chelsea 2013′ Exhibit


Staged by SAFAS – the Scottish Area of NAFAS

 ‘Far Below the Sea Blooms’

The Directors and Staff of Nursery Fresh Ltd were delighted to hear, this morning, that the NAFAS Chelsea 2013 exhibit, which was staged by SAFAS, the Scottish area of NAFAS, won a Gold Medal.

Congratulations to Valerie Davidson and her team and ‘thank you’ for putting your faith in our flowers and service.

We are looking forward to working with Angela Turner and the

Wessex and Jersey area of NAFAS at the

Winchester Cathedral ‘Symphony of Flowers’

which will be held between the 12th and 16th June and will be the most exciting Flower Festival of 2013

Nursery Fresh Director, John Waddington, with Valerie Davidson and her Gold Medal winning 'Chelsea 2013 Team'

Nursery Fresh Director, John Waddington, with Valerie Davidson and her Gold Medal Winning ‘Chelsea 2013 Team’

The NAFAS ‘Chelsea 2013’ Exhibit


Staged by SAFAS – the Scottish Area of NAFAS

 ‘Far Below the Sea Blooms’

John Waddington, the Sales and Marketing Director of Nursery Fresh Ltd, met Valerie Davidson, the ‘Chelsea 2013’  SAFAS team leader/designer and her team, at 7am this morning.

Sally Waddington, Clare Dridge and Rebecca Warwick, of Nursery Fresh, spent yesterday checking and sorting the flowers for this very special order, which Nursery Fresh were honoured to have been asked to supply.

John was able to drive the truck directly into Chelsea’s Grand Pavilion where Valerie and her team were ready and waiting to start work.

Thank you Valerie, for putting your trust in Nursery Fresh and “Good Luck” from us all

Chelsea Flower Show 2013

Nursery Fresh are delighted to have been appointed as  the sole flower supplier to SAFAS (Scottish Area of NAFAS), who will be representing NAFAS at The Chelsea Flower Show 2013.

This is the third time that Nursery Fresh has been given the honour of supplying the NAFAS main display at Chelsea and in the last four years and have been thrilled to see their flowers help NAFAS achieve a  Silver Gilt and Gold medals.

Nursery Fresh wish Valerie Davidson and her team every success for 2013 and look forward to working with them.

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Symphony of Flowers At Winchester Cathedral

Flower arrangers from the Wessex and Jersey Area of NAFAS, have spent the last two days visiting Winchester Cathedral in preparation for ‘SYMPHONY OF FLOWERS’, the Cathedral’s first Flower Festival for 10 years, which will take place between 12 and 16 June 2013.

The floral designs will be created by hundreds of NAFAS Members and the Cathedral’s own flower arranging team.

Jan Meloy, Chairman of Wessex & Jersey Area of NAFAS, said:

“We’re delighted to have you on board to supply the flowers for this prestigious event, your knowledge and expertise will be a great help to us.”

Needless to say Nursery Fresh is delighted to have been appointed as the central supplier to the event and is looking forward to working with Jan Meloy, Creative Director Angela Turner and the design team of Pip Bensley and Pauline Hurran, whose collective work has received National and International acclaim.

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