Participants began telling Jo that, though they appreciated the therapeutic benefits, they wanted more – they wanted to work. Then, at a friend’s wedding, Jo realised that the seasonal, country-style wedding flowers could have been grown and supplied by her project. She decided to create an ethical cut flower business in which people with support needs could gain horticulture qualifications whilst learning transferable skills in a real workplace. Organic Blooms was born.
Jo’s experience and standing in both the social and therapeutic horticultural field and in the British flower growing sector have been cemented with the achievement in 2017 of Soil Association certified organic status and winning the 2018 Virgin Unite Impact Award at the Virgin VOOM Awards. Always seeking to improve the ethics and practice of Organic Blooms, Jo is currently studying for a masters degree in organic farming.
After college Wendy ran a popular local florist shop, Court Farm Flowers, for over five years before Jo – who was supplying Organic Blooms flowers to the shop – invited Wendy to run the floristry business for Organic Blooms. The rest is history!
Several hundred lovely weddings, countless bouquets, many, many floristry and Christmas workshops, an accidental RHS Malvern bronze medal and an RHS Chelsea gold medal later, Wendy is enjoying working with our trainees and leading a floristry team expert in creating gorgeous arrangements with the trademark Organic Blooms natural beauty.
At Organic Blooms Andy supports our trainees with their City & Guilds qualifications and in their practical horticultural work as well as teaching our horticulture skills courses. He combines his work here at Organic Blooms with teaching RHS horticulture qualifications at Bristol Botanic Gardens and private gardening work.
Lucy now provides support with marketing communications and social impact measuring. She has City & Guilds level 1 diploma in horticulture and likes to get her hands into some good organic soil whenever opportunity presents.
We loved Stan. Stan’s role was essentially to bobble around looking sweet but he also felt it was his responsibility to periodically turn out our storage drawers and reorganise them following a method comprehensible only to Stan. He liked to keep cool by sitting in a basin of water outside the floristry workshop.