Located in London’s picturesque Fulham, Sue Barnes’ Lavender Green flower shop is widely believed to be one of the very best florists in London. With Sue as the Creative Director, and run by her great friend Colin Gray, Lavender Green has been crafting bespoke floral arrangements for special occasions, weddings, and events for over 28 years, thanks to their team of 35 employees. “There are no shrinking violets but plenty of great buds!” Sue says of her team. It’s Lavender Green’s imaginative ethos – coupled with years of expertise – that’s enabled them to consistently create cutting-edge work for the country’s top galleries, museums and historic houses.
For Sue, floristry is an outlet through which she can combine her two passions: flowers and interior design, the latter of which is often evident in her work, alongside references pulled from the art worlds. As Sue puts it, “the rest is history…”. But it’s the seasonality of floristry that’s kept Sue hooked. “Floristry is an ever changing landscape, one which excites us every day of the year”. According to Sue, flowers make for a fine gift because of their natural beauty and their ability to show you really care. Picking a favourite stem is no easy feat for a florist, but Sue is sure hers is the gardenia because it’s “Gardenia, because it’s “rare, fragrant and luxurious” – we couldn’t agree more.