I was lucky enough to grow up in the Scottish countryside, surrounded by beautiful hills, forests and national trust parks. This instilled in me a love of all things wild and natural. My love of flowers probably stems from my mum and grandparents who are all gardeners. The dreamiest childhood memories I have are ones of spending sleepy summer holidays at the country house estate where my mum worked.
After school I decided to study towards a Biomedical Science degree. Although I enjoyed the theory, a job in a laboratory wasn't for me. So after graduation I needed to re-evaluate and I actually stumbled upon floristry through a friend. It was wonderful to be surrounded by flowers every day, and to be able to express my creative side.
Although I enjoyed being a florist tremendously I still had a yearning for the outdoors. So I started a horticulture and garden design course at Edinburgh Botanical Gardens and now I grow fruit and vegetables for the three Contini restaurants in Edinburgh.
I still had a passion for floristry and missed it a lot! So I decided to set up Buds&Bees, where I mostly deal with designing and creating wedding flowers. I try to be environmentally friendly in life and so in my work. Therefore where possible I buy flowers from local flower farms, forage in the local woodlands and sometimes in my mum's garden (that's our little secret). One day I hope to have my own flower farm to grow all my own organic flowers; that's the dream.