Creators of floral gorgeousness. Chatterboxes. Drinkers of tea.
Hello and welcome to Budding Floral Designs. I’m Claire, the proud owner, creator, tea maker and sweeper upper a Budding Floral Designs, a friendly flower shop based on a cosy corner in the village of Anstey, Leicester. My team and I are passionate about all things floral and love nothing more than creating floral gorgeousness for a living. I myself am a bit of a people pleaser and like nothing more than making people happy. I love a wedding and all things love, it must be the romantic in me. I’m also one of those annoying perfectionists and a complete workaholic – I’m pretty sure I get that last bit from my Father. I believe that if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well and with your whole heart.
I have been lucky enough to have been creating beautiful flower arrangements for as long as I can remember. I can recall coming home from school at the tender age of five and sitting on the counter, helping my Dad make bows for bouquets. It’s in my blood and I’m blessed to be able to make a living doing something that I love and enjoy. Be it from creating extravagant floral arrangements for an event to a simple hand tied bunch of seasonal blooms, flowers make me feel happier than a roaring open fire and snuggly socks on a frosty winters day.
I have been working as a florist for many years and have a wealth of experience in all areas of floristry. My work has been featured in many local publications including Leicestershire Weddings magazine, Your East Midlands Wedding Magazine and The Beacon Magazine to name a few. I have attended courses at the prestigious UK School of Floristry in beautiful Cheshire. Content not only with working in my cozy little patch of Leicester, I have also spent time collaborating with some incredibly talented florists in Canada where I lived for two years before The Great White North’s nippy climes got the better of me.
I’m incredibly blessed to have wonderful Parents who previously owned Brookside Nurseries, a Garden Centre and Florist, for almost 40 years, just down the road from us in Anstey, Leicester. In August 2016, they made the decision to slow down after many years of hard work and they closed the doors on their Garden Centre in readiness to enjoy Retirement. It was the ideal opportunity for me to merge their florist business with my own and move into new premises in the centre of Anstey. I felt it was important to keep the business within the village where it was born and raised, and as such, in April 2016, Budding Floral Designs proudly moved out of a cold, draughty workshop and into a bright, beautiful and airy shop within the village centre, The Nook in Anstey, Leicester. Although we continue to love doing wedding and event floristry, we now have the space and outlet to create floral gorgeousness for all other aspects of floristry including funerals and gift flowers and build on a loyal and much loved customer base! I myself, along with my quickly expanding team of fellow Flower Fiddlers, are honoured to serve the community of Anstey and surrounding villages in Leicestershire with beautiful flowers for any occasion.