Get to know Bebe, the founder of Flower Therapy

Recently Bebe held a flower arranging workshop at The Italian building, teaching our housemates about the magic of floristry, their folklore and how each flower holds benefits which can impact and aid our wellbeing.
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Tell us about yourself and Flower Therapy.

My name is Bebe, I am a florist – or ‘flower lady’ as I like to call myself! I founded Flower Therapy in 2020 and my aim is to share the folklore, history, properties, benefits and beauty of flowers with as many people as possible! Be it through handcrafted arrangements designed with specific qualities in mind, or through creative workshops where people can get stuck in and get their hands dirty.

What made you start teaching people about the magic of flowers?

I grew up in South Devon with a very close connection to nature. It was very normal for my family to eat seasonal hedgerow plants, or acknowledge the changing of seasons via the first snowdrop or blackberry. I had been working as a florist for a while, and began to feel like there was a bit of a disconnect between making beautiful arrangements, and actually knowing the flowers and plants being used, and so I created Flower Therapy to combine those two passions.

What do you find most rewarding about your workshops?

I absolutely love seeing people unleash their own creativity. It’s incredibly rewarding to see people who are perhaps a little shy at first – who maybe think they can’t do it the ‘right’ way – then realise there is no wrong way, create something gorgeous and meaningful and say ‘I love it!’ Also talking about the hidden benefits or properties or meanings of flowers is my nerdy obsession and so finding likeminded people who are also excited about that is gorgeous!

Do you have any daily rituals?

My only strict daily ritual actually happens at night! Before bed I always have a herbal tea, waft around some sleepy variation of an aromatherapy spray, and I never, ever go to bed without washing my face!

Any tips for picking wild flowers?

When it comes to picking wild flowers, it’s really crucial that you only pick where there are many of the same flower growing in abundance. It’s always a good idea to use scissors, as using our hands can accidentally pull up the root or bulb, or bruise the stem which obviously hurts the plant!

what’s your favourite flower and why?

My favourite flower has always been the Forget-Me-Not. There’s just something so quietly perfect about them. They are the most joyous colour, and the tiny, perfectly formed flower heads just make me feel like nature is a miracle! I also love the story behind them; when Mother Earth was nearly finished with the world, she heard a tiny voice saying ‘forget me not!’ – it was this flower, and, having run out of colour, she used a small patch of sky to give them their vivid blue. 

Describe how you’re feeling moving into summer.

Excited. Grateful. Confident.

How do you keep your spirit level?

As much time in nature as possible, and journaling.

And finally, do you believe in magic?

With all my heart.

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