We have long celebrated big events with flowers and when it comes to big events, they don’t come much bigger than the wedding day.
After all, no wedding is complete without beautiful blooms, whether they are for décor, accessories or bouquets. Delivering the most beautiful displays for your big day is Victoria Florists. For Leanne Lovell and her team, floristry has always been more than just flowers. It’s about creating something really special and personal for their customers, turning their talented hands to beautiful, imaginative designs from the freshest blooms.
Since taking over Victoria Florists six months ago, they have transformed the premises on the corner of Idris and Wairakei Roads. With a cosy vintage feel, it is a welcoming and warm atmosphere for all their clients. Leanne would like to thank all her loyal customers and welcome new customers to have a look around. Phone 03 351 7444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.victoriaflorists.co.nz.
It’s exciting times ahead at iconic Victoria Florist, on the corner of Idris and Wairakei Roads, as new owners Leanne Lovell (former owner of Ruby Tuesday Florist,) and her husband Andrew put their loving stamp on it.
For Christchurch born and bred Leanne, the move feels like she’s come full circle. “My mother was a florist, and I remember our trips to the original Victoria Florist premises in Victoria Street when I was a little girl.” Although it’s a new business and location, regular clientele can be rest assured nothing else has changed.
“The girls from Ruby Tuesday have moved here with me. We can’t wait to welcome our loyal customers to our new home, and look forward to meeting new customers, and providing the best service, as always.” Leanne’s happiest when creating her exquisite funeral arrangements. “If my flowers can help families in grief – that’s everything to me.” At 6.30am, three mornings a week, Leanne’s at the flower market; it’s a hectic life, but her 35 years as a florist proves her passion still burns bright.
“We’re a passionate bunch who love what we do. We love flowers, we love life, and we believe in celebrating the big, small, happy and sad times that are part of life. We put love into every bouquet, because we really care.”
Victoria Florist are open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm. Phone 03 351 7444 or visit
Samantha Rose Flowers celebrated its first successful year as Ashburton’s budding new business.
On 28 May, Samantha Rose Trott gave out 100 roses around town for the occasion. The now 30-year-old excelled in both her floristry course at Christchurch Academy and her decade’s experience here and in Australia. However, the creative entrepreneur’s destiny was to return home to fill the mid-Canterbury gap in the market for beautiful blooms.
Her design flair incorporates her sense of colour and theme and looks unique against the shop’s modern-industrial style – designed by her architect partner. With help from Sophie and Toni, she arranges the freshest flowers for all sorts of occasions, including birthdays, anniversaries and sympathy, and can also set up on site. From Rakaia to Rangitata, with a twice-daily delivery to Christchurch on weekdays, same day delivery requests are welcomed.
Samantha offers a private room for discretely planning wedding flowers. Meghan and Harry’s wedding bouquets included delicate forget-me-nots, lily of the valley, sweet pea and jasmine, whereas Samantha was busy last season with popular blush-toned blooms.
Winter offers long-lasting Cymbidium orchids in lime-yellows, pinks and whites – with spring flowers blossoming very soon. She encourages men to give flowers as a romantic gesture. “It would be so nice to see it happen more! It doesn’t have to be extravagant – even a bunch of lilies.”
Samantha Rose Flowers also sells the luxury-scented Living Light candles and atomisers, handmade in Golden Bay, along with baby giftware, plants and cards.
Open at 179 Burnett Street Ashburton Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm. Phone 03-307 4020 or visit www.samantharoseflowers.co.nz, Facebook and Instagram.